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If anyone had told me 2 1/2 months ago that my trip to France and Turkey would be one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve had, I’m not sure I would’ve believed them. Especially since my boyfriend and I had just broken up five weeks before and the purpose of my trip was to spend two weeks with him in Turkey where he was living, with a little detour into France along the way.

Most everyone I know would have canceled the trip altogether, or significantly altered their itinerary. In my head, I could hear non-solicited opinions like “It’s too dangerous to travel to those countries alone” and “You don’t want to go to the same country he’s living in”, as I spent the first 24 hours imagining every possible scenario.

Ultimately, I not only continued with my travel plan – I practically kept the entire itinerary unchanged. As the trip grew nearer, I began to wonder if I had made the right choice. And then I thought about what had persuaded me to continue with my travel plan.

I trusted my instincts. During that first 24 hours, I played around in my head with all the options. I could just take the scheduled time off and stay home. But I knew that would just result in me moping around the house. I also thought about canceling the trip and working, since my career as a self-employed personal assistant and nanny means that if I don’t work for a client, I don’t get paid. But then I knew I would just be angry that I was working when I really had worked hard the past six months to save up for the vacation. But as someone who is passionate about travel, I really never wavered from my first instinct. And that was to go anyways.


I made the conscious decision to make it a positive trip. That might sound silly at first thought. Make a trip positive? Isn’t all travel positive? In reality, travel is what you make out of it. I could have gone on the trip but been so miserable that I wouldn’t enjoy the time. So I purposely followed all avenues to make sure that I could have the best time possible. I started researching where I wanted to go in both countries. I made a list of what I enjoy doing in America and started researching how I could make some of those experiences parallel while traveling. For example, having a coffee first thing in the morning is something I always do at home. So I started researching coffee shops located close to my accommodations.

I decided to meet people while I was traveling. My trip to France was short, only 3 days, and I speak a little French after taking 4 years of classes in high school, and I had been to the country and the area I was staying in multiple times before. I wasn’t worried about that portion of the trip because I had always planned on being alone during that time. It was my time in Turkey that I was concerned about since I had only been there once before, don’t speak the language, and wouldn’t have any transportation while there. So I joined Tinder (an international dating app) and paid $20 extra to change my location to Turkey, so I could meet guys online beforehand (eliminating the ones who were just looking for hook-ups), and I ended up meeting 2 wonderful guys who both helped me out immensely when I was there, and I had most of my evenings planned out with them – one even took a week off from work to show me around! I also joined several Facebook groups based in the city I stayed in, which I highly recommend to anyone traveling to a place where they may not know anyone else. I met three amazing girls while I was there, and between everyone I met, I pretty much had a social life like nothing I had back home!

With that said, don’t be afraid to travel alone! While I met people in Turkey, I was alone from the time I left my house to head to the airport, up until I got off the plane from France into Turkey. I spent three days in France completely by myself, and I found myself feeling independent, relaxing, and free. It didn’t matter if I got up at 7 a.m. for that trip to the coffee shop, or 1 p.m.!

So in the end, forging ahead and taking this trip was by far the best thing I could have done. It made me a stronger person. It reminded me to always trust my instincts and think positively. I was also motivated to go out and be social (perhaps more so than I am at home), and not spend precious time moping in the hotel room, while at the same time, embracing my independence and time spent alone.

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How Tanya Solo traveled

41 thoughts on “How Tanya Solo traveled

  • November 29, 2017 at 6:32 am
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    Well Tanya is brave I’ll give her that. I would not change my plans if I were her too. However, her way of meeting people to show her around Turkey is very dangerous in my opinion. Turkey is not a European country that one ( a girl especially) could feel safe especially after the recent events there. So, no, I would still go on the trip but change the location for sure.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 7:57 am
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    So brave for travelling alone but sounds likes you had a great time! I’m glad you didn’t put it off! Xo

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  • November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am
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    Good for you! So glad you did not cancel your trip, sounds like you ended up having a great time! I love Paris and would love to see Turkey too.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 10:20 am
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    I love this story!! So brave to go ahead anyway, and I’m so glad that it turned out to be an amazing holiday!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 10:58 am
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    Your story is so inspiring and it truly shows that travel can be therapeutic. Sorry to hear about your ex but it is amazing that you remained positive, met some guys from Tinder and how nice of that guy to take a week off work to show you around in Turkey. That is lovely!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    I’m pretty sure that you had fun experience! Solo traveling isn’t always easy! Glad that you shared this wonderful story!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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    I love solo travel because you learn a lot more about a place as well as yourself. Glad to see you had a blast!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 11:48 pm
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    Wow I loved your story it was indeed and inspiring story !!
    I know very well it needs lots of guts to be a solo traveller … Wow your just brave …
    I’m very glad to hear it was an awesome successful tour💕💫

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  • November 30, 2017 at 12:57 am
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    Glad to meet you and read your impressive post on traveling solo. In fact I have been doing so since long. Traveling solo is best learning.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 5:48 am
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    So silly of me… managed to message you first instead of commenting, lol… Anyway.
    It’s praiseworthy that you didn’t just give up your plans because of unforeseen troubles. And I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip! Whenever I mention to my family that I’d like to travel, they freak out that I’d be in danger if I went alone. Yours is a great example that you can have a fun and safe! time alone as well.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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    I am kind of inspired by you! You may not always prefer to travel alone, specially in an unknown city. But I guess it definitely teaches you a lot of new experiences in life.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 11:47 pm
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    I love travelling solo too. Only a camera is enough to capture my moments as I relax, recollect myself and make new friends.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 2:21 am
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    I only traveled alone once in my life. It was really fun but terrifiny as well! I was only 18 years old. I should try it again definitaley!

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  • December 1, 2017 at 2:24 am
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    I’ve always wanted to travel solo! I’m still saving up for it, but your post has motivated me to work harder so i could achieve my goal!

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  • December 1, 2017 at 3:12 am
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    I’ve never traveled solo but seems like you had a lot of fun! I’ve always thought about packing my basic things and taking the road, going to wherever my destiny leads me and enjoying my time to the fullest.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 7:32 am
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    I’m so glad you had a great time! I’ve also traveled solo right after I turned 18 which was 3 years ago. I completely loved it.. felt free and all of the above! Thanks for sharing your story <3

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  • December 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm
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    I never in a million years would have thought about joining a Facebook group for the city I was traveling to. What a fantastic idea! The locals know all of the best places to go. A love your travel resouce guide as well. I’ve never heard of Skyscanner car hire and will definietly be using them to book our next rental car when we travel. x

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  • December 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    You are so inspiring. It looks like you really enjoy your solo travel. I always wanted to travel by myself but it is impossible because of my loving kids and husband. Lol!!

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  • December 2, 2017 at 1:01 am
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    We have many solo traveler coming to our island . But to travel solo need a brave , especially to explore the country with a different culture and situation . Love to read your story

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  • December 2, 2017 at 6:35 am
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    You are a brave soul !! I am happy you haven`t cancelled your trip and made the most of it. Travelling solo is not easy as it`s sounds but it is really challenging.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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    Travelling alone can seem scary at first but it can be one of the most amazing experiences. It was great to read how you managed the trip to these countries and met some wonderful people.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm
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    That’s super awesome that you still went ahead and that you did so with no regrets. You avoided moping around and you made conscious decisions not to allow the trip to be ruined. So glad you did the trip, and wonderful that you met new people!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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    I love solo travel because I find you learn a lot more about a place as well as yourself. It looks like you had a blast and made the most of your situation.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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    I totally agree! Travelling alone can be a bit scary, but it opens a whole new perspective on things. I think my solo trips have actually been most memorable ones, just because I could fully follow my own wishes and agenda.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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    I travel alone all the time and I love it! I have met some of my best friends through travelings solo. I always tell everyone not to be scared because you actually won’t be alone at any time, you will meet people everywhere you go and you will have amazing experiences!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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    I’m so glad you went anyway – solo travel can be scary to start with, but so enlightening and freeing when you go. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but I find it gives me a great time and space to get my head straight, and as you said, you can do whatever you want!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    Well done you for not cancelling your trip! And really brave venture on a solo travel through Turkey, I bet that was nice and challenging at the same time, continue to inspire others to do that!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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    I wanna go! Adding this to the bucket list

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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    Such a wonderful read! It’s great that you continued with your travel plans despite the break off (so sorry about that) and I love how you planned the the entire trip, specially the Turkey part where you didn’t speak the language. Thanks for sharing.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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    It’s praiseworthy that you didn’t just give up your plans because of unforeseen troubles. And I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip! Whenever I mention to my family that I’d like to travel, they freak out that I’d be in danger if I went alone. Yours is a great example that you can have a fun and safe! time alone as well.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to travel alone, but I always get terrified when I try to book a ticket. It sounds like an amazing journey, though.

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  • December 5, 2017 at 11:28 am
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    I love travelling solo too, as long as I have my camera with me. It’s a great time to recollect your thoughts, relax and also meet new people.

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  • December 5, 2017 at 11:29 am
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    I am so glad you didn’t change your decision to go ahead with the trip and in the end, you feel more strong and independent. Turkey has been on my travel wishlist for some time, It is nice to know you got some really nice people through tinder and facebook groups were helpful.

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  • December 5, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    What a inspiring story! Solo traveling is one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life as well! Great Jon Tanya for going ahead with your travels!

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  • December 5, 2017 at 11:37 am
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    I had some experience on travelling alone before I get married, and I can its truly rewarding, you tend to meet a lot people, make new friends travel without compromising anyone’s itinerary and make decisions and plan on your own.

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  • December 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm
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    I’m glad you got to experience France and Turkey despite your setback. Sounds like you had a great time. I can not wait to visit.

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  • December 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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    I think next year is my year to do a solo travel in the summer around the time for my birthday. Just to experience being free and doing something independently. I have travelled all my life, just never solo. Thanks for inspiration!

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  • December 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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    So cool that you kept going! I think I would love to visit Turkey someday heard a lot of great things.

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