Why WE Travel: Solo Travelers

When you travel solo, you never really travel alone.  You are constantly meeting people and traveling together, or maybe even just having a couple of beers together.  The first time I really backpacked I did it alone and worried that I would get lonely.  Instead it was easier for me to meet people because I was forced to and I didn’t have a crutch of a travel mate to lean on.  It was the best growth experience of my life.  Today we focus on Solo Travelers.  Today we focus on writers, this is Mark Mendiola Guerra and this is why he travels:

TRAVEL:  MORE THAN JUST “GOING PLACES”

Travel.  The word conjures up so many different images.  From packed bags and luxury hotels to sleek airports and dusty lonely beaches.  Add to that, the idea of “going places” and you have a crude definition of travel for most.  For me, it extends beyond this and involves not just “going places”, but what I do once I arrive there.

A quality exchange and shared experience I have with the locals is what I consider travel in its best form. No tour, trinket or endless poolside lounging will ever take the place of this.  For me, it’s more about sharing and leaving a part of myself in a newly minted relationship that matters.  To go places and not engage with others is a major misfortune I try my best to avoid in spite of language barriers or other obstacles in front of me.

So, it’s not the number of blurred little stamps on my passport that counts, or the cool souvenir that quickly gets lost in the shuffle, but the quality of experiences and number of great relationships I’ve established in “going places”.  A pack full of email addresses, numbers and names to some great new acquaintances outweighs any space-eating knick-knack, and for me, validates my true definition of travel.

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Author Bio:

Mark is a third-generation Texan living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade now. As a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he embraces his creative pursuits of acting and writing.  And, though he enjoys travel and writing about all parts of this planet, his enthusiastic focus remains on Mexico. Hasta luego!

You can follow Mark on twitter, but also be sure to look out for his website which should be launching soon.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Mark, I’ve always said my best travel memories and experiences are with people. My wife and I met a couple from Canada in Ronda, Spain and we talked for over 2 hours at breakfast. Yes, there was a lot to see and do that day but meeting them topped all the museums, art, and landmarks that we saw.

    Meeting people and experiencing cultures is what makes travel great. However, no mention of Mexican food as a reason to travel? 🙂

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  2. I love to travel solo. I like to see new places, and I see them on MY terms, on MY schedule. Does that make me selfish? Maybe, but I like it. As for why I travel, I just get itchy feet.

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