ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Young and intrepid or all grown up seeking an adventure that’s all yours? We interviewed Brenda Mejia, solo travel enthusiast and author of the blog, Traveleira.com, to understand the fears that hold us back from solo travel and the joys of getting past the fear and exploring the world.
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“I started traveling solo when I was 23. I didn’t have any friends that were into traveling or the destinations I was interested in visiting. So, I just said, you know what, I need to do this. I bought my ticket to Scandinavia and I haven’t stopped traveling solo ever since.” — Brenda Mejia
Now a 27-year-old grad student living in Spain, Brenda says that fear is normal, but you can’t let it be the cause of missing out on all that life and people of other countries and cultures have to offer. “The biggest fear of first-time solo travelers is, of course, the solo part, and doing everything by oneself. But, if the biggest fear is being alone, then the biggest surprise that solo travel offers is the number of new and interesting friends you make from all over the world! When you travel with a group of friends, think about it…you are focused on them: talking to them, eating with them, touring with them. You don’t make yourself available to other people. When you travel alone — you are much more approachable and more likely to strike up a conversation with someone new. That’s an amazing gift!”
As a backup, Brenda uses the coachsurfing.com mobile app to find like-minded travelers at her destination who want to grab a beer or go visit a tourist site or restaurant. “If I want to hit a club or something like that, I use couchsurfing. They recently launched a new feature called CouchSurfing “Hangouts” where you can find people in your area who want to hangout. It’s great, because the people using the app have the same mindset, which leads to good conversations and a lot of fun. It’s a great tool for people who are traveling solo.”
To learn more about Brenda and her solo travels, visit her site at Traveleira.com.