Why I’ve Decided to Travel Solo to Argentina

Why I've Decided to Travel Solo to ArgentinaEver since I began considering traveling solo to Buenos Aires in late August, my mind has been flooded with questions: Where will I stay? Will I be safe? How will I get from the airport to my accommodations? Will I make any friends? What if I’m robbed? Who will be my in case of emergency contact? The list goes on.

 

 My sentiment towards the upcoming trip often swings from emotion to emotion–at times feeling like I can take on the world and at other moments causing me to question my sanity. Of all the questions swirling around, the most prevalent happens to be the simplest: Why am I going? 

 

I’m often met with mixed responses when people hear of my upcoming adventure to Buenos Aires. Some mirror back reassurance that I’ll be just fine and will have the time of my life, while others are not quite sure what to make of my latest endeavor. There are many factors that have gone into my decision to travel solo to Argentina; but the simplest answer is: I am an aspiring travel writer. 

 

My dad used to tell me that “between saying and doing, the ocean is in between,” it was a quote he would say to remind me that words are just that unless backed by action. In the months since I’ve started The Pin the Map Project, I have explored ways to take my blog to the next level  and have reached out to various travel agencies, tour operators, brands and fellow writers to help lead the way. An opportunity to fly down to Buenos Aires, meet with local tour agencies, review accommodations and tours and write about the experience has all led me to turn words into action and plan a trip to Argentina. While the opportunities are a major factor in my decision to venture below the equator, I also realized that traveling solo is something I need to experience and embrace if I am to seriously pursue travel writing.

 

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La Boca, a colorful neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Photo via Shields Around the World.

In many ways, the life of a travel writer seems to be idyllic–there are press trips to exotic locations, complimentary tours of iconic cities and supportive readers following the adventures along the way. Yet, travel writers are often on the road alone relying on their street smarts, wit and people skills to mark the difference between a miserable or wonderful time abroad. Having always traveled with a companion or gaggle of friends, I have never traveled alone to a destination and had to rely solely on myself.

 

This upcoming trip to Buenos Aires will be my first travel writing adventure (and hopefully not my last). Rather than heading on a personal vacation and finding stories along the way as an afterthought, I will be heading to a different country for the sake of stories and opportunities to further my writing and this website. While practical and emotional questions will always swarm the idea of solo traveling, the most important of all of them is to know why you’re taking this trip and to fiercely stand behind that answer–whatever it may be.

 

 

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  • http://travel-lush.com Justine

    Good for you! This is going to be an amazing experience for you because it will help you grow as a person and realize that you are able to rely on yourself. But — as someone who would love to be a travel writer — I admire you for taking the steps to contact tourists agencies and operators, etc., and actually put plan into action and take the steps necessary to be a travel writer. I think it’s amazing. And I cannot wait to read about your adventures. You should be very proud of yourself :)

  • http://thepinthemapproject.com/ Nikki

    Hi Justine–thank you for the kind words!! I really appreciate it :) and look forward to sharing the experience.

  • http://CuriosityTravels.org Jessica of Curiosity Travels

    Wow, good for you for chasing dreams and diving in! No matter how it ends up going, look at it from an outsiders perspective….you are going off to travel for work and write about it. That’s pretty cool :)

    I LOVE Buenos Aires. I studied abroad there and have such found memories! I look forward to following along!

  • http://thepinthemapproject.com/ Nikki

    Thank you for your comment! You’re very right that no matter how it goes, it is an incredible city and opportunity! Would love to hear any tips you have on places to check out during my stay! Feel free to email me at thepinthemapproject@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • http://www.thewritewayaround.com Alexandra

    Traveling alone can be so scary, but it is also one of the greatest rewards. You will be surprised at how seamlessly you can blend into the friends you make who soon become family. I was always an outgoing person, but when I look back on the months I backpacked alone, and I think of just all that I did – the random adventures with people I had met only minutes before – it really serves to be some of the most memorable parts of my travels. You are most definitely going to soar, girl!

  • http://thepinthemapproject.com/ Nikki

    Thank you for your note, Alexandra! It is always amazing to hear from other travelers who have blazed the trail of solo traveling and say how amazing it is :)