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What to Love in Traveling Alone

What to Love in Traveling Alone

When the traveler goes alone, he gets acquainted with himself. ~Liberty Hyde Bailey

Have you tried traveling alone? Or if not, do you want to?  It could be scary traveling alone and meeting strangers along your travel but wouldn’t it be exciting to see a new and different place all by yourself and seeing it first-hand without the worry of a company that they might not like or appreciate what you see?

There’s indeed a great difference in traveling with a group of friends and traveling alone. Though, being with your friends while traveling is a lot loud, perky and fun, however, doing a travel adventure in a solo mode offers you a lot of total different experience. Traveling alone allows you to acquire a lot of things from the certain place you go to, the people (a.k.a strangers) you meet and more especially, you get to learn a lot of yourself. So what it is there to love in traveling alone? A LOT!

When traveling alone, it’s easier to plan your activities to the places you want to visit because all you have to depend on is yourself. You don’t have to consider anyone for the hustle and bustle of your tour. You control your own whereabouts and you get to choose what you want to do. Personally, the feeling of doing this on your own when you travel alone is kind of relieving and revealing at the same time. It relieves the anxiety (somehow) you might feel when being alone in your tour. You’ll realize that there are a lot things you thought you could not do but you can. It reveals your strengths and as well as your weaknesses as you go on with your journey.   Indeed, traveling alone gets you the self-indulgence that you need.

In a solo travel adventure, the most important thing that you get to discover is the discovery of yourself. You get to know more about different places, different people, different culture and different ways to have fun and you get to indulge that on your own. Sounds selfish, though but it’s not. Making time for yourself is the most gratifying moment you have to experience; and traveling alone is very helpful in giving you that access to gratify the solitary and cherish the moment with yourself. Though, yes, it’s true that sometimes it’s good to share the moment of experiencing something amusing and amazing with the people you love. However, solo travels allows us to experience something fulfilling that being in a group wouldn’t allow us to.

There are a lot of best places to travel alone. Whether it’s New Zealand or Norway, Japan or Sweden, as long as you have fun and you make sure that you get the satisfying experience you’ll never forget. You can make mistakes, learn from it and retain these mistakes that will eventually become your lessons. They say when you travel alone, you get to become more of yourself, you will gain a brand new outlook in life and more importantly you will gather a lot of lessons that you can use as you go on with your own journey of life.

Traveling alone is a truly experience of a lifetime that everyone should experience. In this kind of journey, you get to be free and be able to trust your instincts without the judgement and prejudices from traveling companions. It is a distinct achievement where you get to enjoy, learn, aspire and be who you want to be. So yes, there is a lot to love in traveling alone - a lot of time to love life and a lot of time to love yourself.


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7 Tips - Packing Light For Travel With Just Your Carry On

7 Tips - Packing Light For Travel With Just Your Carry On


Do you pack lightly or heavily when traveling? I don’t travel a ton, but when I do I always bring my massive 28 inch suitcase with me. I remember my friends would make fun of me about this - “Your luggage is bigger than you!”. I’m 5 1’’ by the way :) I’ve always wondered how some people could travel with just their carry on luggage. Like seriously how can you fit everything there, especially when traveling for more than 5 days!

Ever since my daughter was born, traveling with her has justified me using my big suitcase even more. I mean I’m packing for myself and her, it only makes sense! However with our recent travels, I thought I’d challenge myself to pack smart and lightly with just a carry on luggage. Just think of not having to check in a luggage that costs about $25 per luggage each way! I would much rather spend that money on a meal with my family or for groceries once we get to our destination. I just cannot justify spending that money especially when I can avoid it. Not only that I won’t have to go to the luggage carousel and wait for half an hour before I see my suitcase. Also there won’t be any chance of the airline losing my luggage...just think how much hassle that’ll be.....hooray for all these good points! Read on for some suitcase packing tips...


1) Check the weather where you’re heading - This will give you a pretty darn good idea what to pack in your carry on. Tip: Try to wear the heavy stuff on the day of your flight, such as jacket, coats, hats with wide brim, boots, etc. You basically want to pack all the light stuff in your carry on since the weight limit is only 22 pounds.


2) Check  the weight of your carry on bag/luggage - It’s important that your carry on luggage weighs as little as possible when empty. The lighter your luggage is the more stuff you can fit in it without exceeding 10kg or 22lbs. When buying a carry on luggage it is important that you check for the weight, not only the looks and the price.


3) Don’t bring what you won’t wear - How many times have we done this? We bring clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. And we never ended up wearing it during our trip! Even if you think you could use something, try your best to minimize or downsize to the things you know for sure you will wear and what’s necessary. Luggage packing tip: Try to pack outfits that you can mix and match.


4) Buy an electronic luggage scale - It’s important that you have a scale of some sort so you know exactly the weight of your carry on once you’re done packing. You can buy one for less than $10.00. Nothing worse than guessing whether if you’ve over packed or under packed to your allowed limit. What’s worst? If you ended up over packing then you will end up checking in your luggage which defeats the purpose of packing smart and lightly.


5) Use packing cubes and start rolling! - This is optional, but I find this really helps me with organizing and separating my clothes from my baby’s. This is also useful if you’re packing for just yourself. This keeps everything neat and organized. I like to roll my clothes instead of folding them, it uses up less space when you roll them.  I know I’ve already mentioned two things I suggested to buy - but remember these aren’t good for one use only. I decided to buy the packing cubes and the luggage scale because I know I will use them every time I travel.


6) Make use of your personal article allowance - Can’t do a one-bag-travel? Airlines allow you to bring 2 carry ons, 1 standard article which is your luggage, and 1 personal article. The personal article should be slightly smaller than your standard article (check with your airline requirements prior to packing). The good thing about this is you can also pack up to 10kg/22pounds with your personal article. Whatever you can’t fit in your luggage can go into your personal article. I usually would pack my makeup bag, camera, laptops, books in my personal article.


  • 7) Toiletries - Pack them all if you can, of course without exceeding the 100ml limit (for liquids). But if all your necessities and beauty routine items have no room in either both of your bags, consider buying them at your destination. There are travel sizes that you can buy, and most of these essentials can be found at the dollar store. Toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shaving mousse, razor, body lotion, etc.

    I hope you find these luggage packing  tips helpful. Whatever works for me doesn’t necessarily work for others, but if you are looking to travel lightly and want to avoid the hassle of checking in a luggage then you should try these packing tips.

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