Traveling solo may seem scary to some, but it allows you to experience some of life’s most incredible things. It will open up your view to many different cultures, backgrounds, and ways of life — something that you can’t experience fully if you travel with a group.

Besides, sometimes, the best things (and lessons!) in life are experienced on your own.

We’ve listed 8 benefits that will convince you to finally travel solo!

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The 8 Advantages of Solo Travel

girl on solo travel on the edge of the boat in el nido

1. You’ll become more independent. 

The more you get comfortable doing things alone, the more proud you will be. It’s like pushing yourself to your usual limits and seeing how you can handle things yourself.

2. You’ll become more resourceful.

When you have no one else to count on, there’s no choice but to think of a solution on your own. In the end, you’ll learn that there’s always a way. Whether it’s a quick fix or taking advantage of the things you can use in your surroundings, that’s a form of being resourceful.

3. You’ll feel more empowered. 

With all the chaos and noise going on in the world right now, traveling solo can be an act of bravery. When traveling on your own, you have no one to hold your hand if things get a little crazy, like your hotel reservation is unexpectedly cancelled or you got lost in a strange place. There will be challenges when you travel solo, and conquering them by yourself can build up your self-confidence and, ultimately, self-empowerment. 

4. You get to plan better. 

Here’s an explanation: the more solo travels you have, the more you get to learn how to plan things better and quicker because everything depends on what interests you. You only pack the things you only need, and your itinerary is narrowed based on what you just like. You might be surprised that you only need hand-carry luggage for your items. Later on, this will also be beneficial in planning your day-to-day schedule effectively.

girl on a swing in bali during her solo travel

5. You will get to know yourself better.

Aside from discovering the places, this is the perfect time to know more about yourself. You have more time to reflect without being bothered. You get to focus on what really makes you happy. At the end of the trip, you’ll discover who you really are more intimately. 

6. You’ll make new friends. A lot of them. 

When traveling alone, it’s easier to meet new friends as it’s less intimidating for the person if you’re just alone than with many people. It could even lead to deeper conversations that may help you get to know the other person better!

7. It’s cheaper!

Sure traveling by group is cheap because you’re sharing an equal amount with everyone, but you won’t get equally (or maximize, at least) everything you paid for. Not every part of the planned itinerary of the group interests you the most. Same with food sharing, you may think it will be cheaper if it’s divided. You may even wonder if this is really what you want or if you just agree because you have to compromise.

On the other hand, when traveling solo, not only do you get to choose what you want, but you also get to manage the amount you’re willing to spend during your trip. 

8. You’ll love and appreciate yourself more.

You’ll only ever see the importance of “me time” when travelling alone. Because you only have yourself to depend on, you’ll start to appreciate your own company. Being alone with your thoughts is also a great way to connect with your high self and enhance your relationship with yourself. 

The more you love yourself, the more you know which ones don’t work for you anymore, enabling you to make better decisions for self-improvement.

Best Places For Solo Travel in the Philippines 

1. Baguio 

burnham park baguio best place for solo travel in the philippines

The City of Pines is an excellent choice if you want to experience solo travel on a budget, especially in the summer. With all the parks, gardens, and mountains in Baguio, it is the perfect place to get lost in to find yourself again. 

Where to stay in Baguio

  1. South Drive Baguio Manor – Starts at P2800/night 
  2. Casa Bel – Starts at P1950/night 
  3. Davimar House – Starts at P2000/night 
  4. R Bed and Breakfast – Starts at P4550/night 
  5. Baguio Lefern Hotel Military Cut-off – Starts at P5000/night

2. La Union 

san juan la union best place for solo travel in the philippines

La Union is famous for both surfers and non-surfers because of its waters. Ask any barkada around — La Union is almost always at the top of their go-to list as it has a favorable distance from the metro.

If you want to discover a different side of yourself, La Union is the place to be. With surfing, good food, and great people, you’ll quickly fall in love with the province.

Where to stay in La Union 

  1. P&M Final Option Beach Resort – Starts at P4500/night
  2. CV Bed and Bath La Union – Starts at P942/night

3. Siargao 

siargao best place for solo travel in the philippines

Siargao is a dream destination for many solo travelers with its untouched wonders and natural beauty. It is, after all, the Philippines’ best-kept-secret. And it is a secret that many travelers are proud to reveal.

If you want to learn how to live life simply, consider booking a one-way ticket to Siargao. Once you’ve lived here, you’ll soon realize that life is more than just chasing after earthly possessions.

Where to stay in Siargao 

  1. Lotus Shores – Starts at P1260/night
  2. Goodlife Siargao Hostel – Starts at P1807/night
  3. Suyog Spaces Suites – Starts at P3012/night 

4. Palawan 

el nido palawan best place for solo travel in the philippines

Home to impressive biodiversity, Palawan is a Philippine destination that many travelers keep coming back to. Its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are stunningly beautiful you’d have to pinch yourself several times to remind yourself that you aren’t in a dream.

Most importantly, Palawan is generally safe, making it the ideal place for solo travelers.

Where to stay in Palawan 

  1. Mountain Side Inn – Starts at P1250/night 
  2. Den’gi Inn – Starts at P1900/night
  3. Jeamco Royal Hotel Palawan – Starts at P2177/night 
  4. South Anchorage Inn – Starts at P2300/night 
  5. Palawan Escapes & Reef Resort – Starts at P3332/night

5. Siquijor 

siquijor best place for solo travel in the philippines

Although not as famous as the other popular islands in the Philippines like Boracay, Siargao, and Palawan, Siquijor is slowly gaining recognition as a must-visit destination. Some know Siquijor as a place for magic potions, shamans, witchcraft, and sorcerers. (If your heart got broken recently, you’ll know where to go. *wink*)

Kidding aside, the island is known for its white-sand beaches, incredible reefs, turquoise waters, mysterious caves, gorgeous waterfalls, and more! So if you’re up for a one-of-a-kind adventure, put Siquijor Island on your bucket list as a solo traveler.

Where to stay in Siquijor 

  1. Amber Homestay – Starts at P611/night 

Related article: Solo Travel Philippines Guide: Top 7 Destinations For Traveling Alone

Top Tips For Solo Travelers

First-time solo traveler? Check out our top tips below. 

  1. Solo travelers are often victims of money scams, so it’s better to do your homework and know how long it takes and how much it costs to get from the airport to your hotel. 
  2. When booking accommodations, choose a place with a 24-hour front desk and security, just in case you arrive late. It’s also best if your hotel is within a safe neighborhood and with multiple top ratings from other solo travelers! 
  3. Trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, leave or don’t do it. 
  4. When traveling solo in a foreign country, do not bring your passport, extra money, and other essential documents. Instead, keep it tucked away in a safe in your hotel. You can also carry a theft-resistant bag – preferably something that you can keep in front of you at all times – and use it as storage for the money. 
  5. Leave a copy of your itinerary to a close friend or family member and stay in touch with them regularly. 
  6. Leave expensive jewellery and flashy clothes at home. 
  7. As much as possible, avoid dark alleys. Stick to open and public spaces, especially at night. 
  8. Fake it ‘til you make it – your confidence, that is. Walk confidently and with direction, as appearing lost can make you vulnerable to opportunists and scam artists. If you really are lost, walk inside a store and ask questions. 
  9. As much as planning is critical when traveling solo, don’t over-plan. Allow yourself to be flexible. When opportunities arise, you have to be flexible and open enough to act on them. After all, by acting fast enough in chance encounters that you can make the most memories when solo traveling. 
  10. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy and take lots of photos! It’ll be an excellent way to look back and reminisce about the exciting adventure you once allowed yourself to experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Solo Travel

Q: What are the advantages of solo travel? 

A: There are many advantages to solo travel, including meeting new people, gaining confidence, becoming a problem solver, and knowing yourself (and the world) from a new perspective. 

Q: Is solo travel safe?

A: Yes, it can be safe as long as you plan for your safety and follow your instincts! 

Q: What destinations can I go to if I want to travel solo in the Philippines? 

A: There are many beautiful destinations in the Philippines if you want to travel solo, including Siquijor Island, Palawan, Siargao, La Union, Boracay, Baguio, and more! 

Q: Isn’t solo travel dangerous for a female? 

A: It isn’t necessarily more dangerous, but it is more stressful for a female to travel solo. The trick is to do thorough research and always be aware of your surroundings before embarking on an adventure of your lifetime. 

Give yourself a chance to travel solo for you to truly see the benefits. Being scared at first is normal because it’s something new to you, but once you take the risk, you’ll soon reap the benefits of solo travel. 

Want to experience solo travel? ZEN Rooms supports that and offers high-quality rooms with excellent customer service at an affordable price perfect for solo budget travelers!

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Talking about being positive at this time might seem unusual and insensitive especially with all the devastating things happening to the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. But staying optimistic is an important factor in coping.

While this pandemic has brought a lot of pain to us, it gave us a gift; a perfect opportunity to live our lives meaningfully. In the face of overwhelmingly bad news about what’s happening to the world, we need to stay strong. We don’t set aside the fact that the coronavirus threatens us all but what we’d like you to think right now, at least for the meantime, is its bright side.

We now have the opportunity to take a time off

a girl lying on the floor listening to music

Let’s admit it, before any of these things happened, we were all soaked and letting ourselves drown in work. We’re always dedicating our time to accomplish our tasks, which is not wrong, but most of our time in a day is focused on our tiring jobs. We forgot to give time for other meaningful things. It may be too hard to believe but the pandemic just gave us a gift—a gift of time. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, we got the opportunity to spend more time with our families. We can now enjoy the break we’ve been longing for so long. Or we can do the one thing we’ve been dying to do, but can’t because of lack of time. Whatever you do now, make it worthwhile.

We can now be closer to our families

asian family enjoying because of work from home

Gone are the days that we have to leave the house before the sun rises and go home late in the evening. Because of the home quarantine and lockdowns, the time we spent commuting can now be dedicated to our family. This is the best time to finally bond with them and relieve the what-could-have-been great times when you’re busy working. Cook for your parents; have a chat with your siblings; play board games or have a movie marathon together. Now is the time to create more great memories together as a family. 

We can contribute to many great acts of kindness

Photo courtesy by Lu Zhenyan of World Vision

And generosity. Because of what’s happening right now—lack of supplies and down businesses—more and more people are willing to give a hand. People are helping each other. From the big companies who donated billions of dollars to an ordinary citizen who gave free food to the frontliners, people showed their compassion and love for their country and fellowmen. If you think you don’t have the capacity to donate money or food, you can still help by simply spreading the word on social media and letting the world know that someone needs their help. Make the most of what you have. 

We now have the opportunity to reflect on ourselves

a girl looking at the window reflecting on her thoughts

The coronavirus outbreak gave us an opportunity to reflect on things and to rethink what we do and why we do it. May it be the job we thought we really wanted in the first place or the trip we’ve been planning for so long, we can now reflect and discover ourselves more. We can also make up for the things we took for granted like the environment, our health, friends, and family. This is the time to make changes. For the better. 

It radiates love, hope, and positivity despite the terrible things

a doctor is praying amid the pandemic

In these globally trying times, what we need most right now is support from one another. We need to believe that all bad things will soon end. What we didn’t have before the outbreak can now be seen across the world. The pandemic radiates love, hope, and positivity. During these times, we lift each other up. We help each other in the best ways we can. We make sure that we’re there for each other. 

It only took one little but deadly virus to remind us of what we have taken for granted before all these things. Don’t let this ever happen again.

And no matter how hard the situation is now; no matter how difficult this time is; we can and we will overcome this together. 

 

 

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Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the world is in fear and our daily lives have been transformed. Some countries have declared lockdowns where no one can go out of their houses unless you’re a frontliner. Because of this, people panicked and the grocery stores have blockbuster-in-movie-like lines that only happen during the holidays. People are ready to fight for the limited supplies to protect themselves, to protect their families against the viral disease. 

This shows the new world we’re living in because of the coronavirus.

In the face of overwhelming bad news, what we need most right now are optimism, daily reminders of our better human selves and support from one another so that each of us can rise to this challenge.

people wearing masks due to covid-19

In spite of all the negativity brought by this pandemic, there are still some silver linings that the world is seeing right now. It might hard to believe but, the coronavirus gave us a gift.

1. Advancing health research and science

asian doctors and researchers working

While governments have struggled to respond to coronavirus, scientists are making the most of new tools to track and beat the virus. Scientists at Stanford University developed a diagnostic test for the coronavirus that can deliver tests in as little as 12 hours, much faster than current models. In the Philippines, scientists from the University of the Philippines invented the low-cost COVID-19 testing kits (P1,250) to accommodate the greater demand and those who can’t afford to pay P8,500 per testing kit. 

2. Enabling productivity for remote workers and students

mom working remotely while the kid is studying

As more employers have implemented the work from home policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many experts believe companies will come to see that central offices and face-to-face meetings are less vital than they thought. In fact, a 2015 Stanford University study found that productivity among call-center employees at one Chinese travel agency increased by 13% when they worked from home.

3. Bayanihan

 

unity amidst covid

In the Philippines, bayanihan is a huge part of the Filipino culture. It means community work or helping one another to achieve a certain goal. With the current situation brought by the COVID-19, more individuals and companies are extending their help through donations and free services to provide the needs of the people. In fact, one taho vendor became viral when he decided to give free taho (a usual breakfast of Filipinos on a rush) to the frontliners. Even countries help other countries to fight the virus. The COVID-19 brought everyone together to beat this pandemic. 

4. People becoming more cautious of misinformation

elderly men reading newspaper

With the rise of the internet and social media, it’s so easy for many people to believe and spread fake news. Because of the COVID-19, people have become more cautious about the information they share and make sure to only spread the facts, not fear and not fake news because what’s at stake here is people’s lives should others follow and believe the wrong information.

5. Less pollution

 

empty edsa

Due to the lockdowns and community quarantine in some countries, the roads that were used to be clogged have been cleared and the bumper to bumper cars are no longer seen. If there’s one good thing that COVID-19 did that will definitely change the world, it’s this. For weeks, the Earth can finally breathe and the people will be able to feel fresh air because there will be less pollution. There will be no smoke belchers on the roads.

6. More time with the family

asian family having fun together at home

One of the preventive measures to avoid COVID-19 is social distancing, hence, most people are required to only work from home or take a leave. This means, the time you spend commuting and in the office will now be dedicated to your family. You will now have the chance to spend quality time together and do the things you weren’t able to do before because of work. This is also the perfect time to reflect and spend quality time for yourself may it be in a form of relaxing or catching up the much needed sleep. COVID-19 just gave us a gift… a gift of time.

7. Starting new hobbies

a girl preparing cake

Because people are required to just stay at home, this is also the perfect time to discover and start a new hobby. You now have your time in your hands. If you’re bored and tired being stuck at home, search the internet for new hobbies that you might enjoy. It could be stitching, reading, writing, photography, baking, etc.

8. Focusing on healthy living more than ever 

a girl eating vegetable salad

According to health officials, most confirmed cases of having COVID-19 are aged 40s and above. While it’s not common to children and middle aged people, it’s still important to pay attention to their health. There are no treatments developed yet but doctors say that it’s important to keep your immune system strong. Because of this outbreak, more and more people are now focusing on healthy living more than ever to avoid the disease. 

9. Lifting each other up

 

a flag outside an apartment that says everything will be fine

In the face of COVID-19, people need each other’s supports more than ever. In some countries like China and Italy, people are singing together from their balconies to show support to one another. We may not be physically together but our hearts are bonded, believing and hoping that this will end.

With all these being said, we don’t veer away with the fact that COVID-19 will never be a good thing as this has taken so many lives and brought more people in danger. We just want everyone to remember that in spite of our horrible situation we’re at now, we will see the sun again and have our normal lives back again. 

As a reminder to everyone, it’s important to follow the government protocols to save not just our lives but also our frontliners who are sacrificing theirs to serve the public.

 

 

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a common illness worldwide with more than 264 million people affected. Before, people avoided discussing it but now, many are overcoming the stigma of mental illness thanks to the media, personalities, and influencers who have voiced out their stories.

To treat depression, there are many ways such as undergoing psychotherapy and medications. But did you know that traveling can help fight depression? Here’s how… 

a carefree girl riding a car enjoying the trip

1. It’s a good distraction from your usual surroundings

A different place can divert your attention from your daily struggles. You could be exhausted seeing the same thing and doing the same routines everyday. If the place is new, your mind can be curious checking it out and learning what it offers.

2. You learn more about the world that widens your perspective

Learning is infinite and travel can teach you a lot of things from history, culture, people’s way of life that give you different perspectives, adding answers to your why-questions. It can be an additional ingredient to your journey of happiness.

3. Nature can relax you

Seeing the beauty of nature like mountains, smelling the fresh air coming from the trees, hearing the calming sound of beach waves can put you at ease and remind you how these simple things can make you feel grateful for what the world offers.

4. It lets you meet new people

Every person we meet in life teaches us or makes us realize things that we overlook. Sometimes, when we open up to strangers, they usually give unbiased advice. They may share the things that matter to them that you may help you in some way.

5. Your creativity can be enhanced

Expressing your creative side is another therapy whether it’s through photography, writing, drawing, music and so on. It’s liberating to freely express yourself because art has no right or wrong. If you want to delve deeply into art, travel can boost your creativity. Dr. Kristen Fuller of Psychology Today says “Immersing yourself in a new place with unfamiliar sights and sounds can boost creativity. Creativity is directly related to neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life), which means our brains are sensitive to change, influenced by new environments and experiences. By changing our environment we can literally form new neural pathways enhancing our creativity.”

Outlining your thoughts, seeking professional help and a dash of travel can fight against depression. Taking time for planning your trip will also help you focus your mind. Be reminded that making your own itinerary is an exercise of your own personal freedom based on your preferred location and interest in the activities. 

And if ever you’re looking for a place to stay, you can check out www.zenrooms.com. All ZEN Rooms hotels across Southeast Asia offer clean and comfortable accommodations with budget-friendly prices. 

 

 

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Have you ever wondered how other people manage to travel the world constantly despite the lack of luxury of time (and money)?

Some people see that traveling is something that is only for the privileged. Some also think that people who travel often are just wasting their time and money. While it is true that traveling is sometimes costly, the pleasure it gives does not compare with anything. It can give so much more than what other material things can do.

Sure we need to save the money we earn for food, housing, clothing, and other expenses. But if we cage ourselves to our 9-5 jobs and stay in one same place, it may dull our senses. Our world becomes small and we lose our desire to discover new things. Our eyes won’t have the chance to see new wonders; our ears won’t hear the sounds that the wilderness makes. We live daily in a routine that is both comfortable but limiting. And one day, we wake up and realize that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. 

Don’t be this person. Don’t take the benefits of traveling away from your senses, at least. You can always make money but you can’t always make memories. That is why we need to travel. 

It may be the break you need or the love you’ve been longing for. When in fact, traveling is a lot like love. You are willing to explore the unknown like getting to know a stranger even if you’re unsure of what is really waiting for you on the other side. You are glowing when you see the beach like the way you blush when you see your crush. You learn to adapt to the town’s different culture like how you accept your differences with your partner. That is why you’ll keep wanting more.

Travel isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, though. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts but that’s okay. Because at the end of your journey, you will change for the better. It leaves marks on your heart, on your body, and on your memory. 

Travel while you can. Don’t worry about the money because for sure, it will come again. You will be surprised that traveling can be much cheaper than you think it is. As long as you know how to travel smart like staying in a budget hotel, then all is good. The money you’ll spend on traveling will be replaced after all. If not, make it work. But the memories, great experiences, and new friendships you could have gained from the time you chose to sit on your desk, in front of your computer, can never be replaced. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be. 

Stop surviving and start living. Traveling once in a while won’t hurt. 

Let us ask you, will you remember the time you spent working in the office? Just travel. Don’t feel guilty for taking a vacation leave because you deserve it after all.

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