Hi, I solo traveled a lot in my late twenties, mostly in Asia, even did a study abroad in Japan for half a year.
I’m in my 30s now, no child or spouse, and I really want to go to Asia again and I want to solo travel again but I feel…old?
I used to stay in the cheapest hostels that smell bad in dirty neighborhoods, make friends in guesthouses (no lifelong friends) and I feel like I was less careful and more spontaneous. I went clubbing all night, went on adventurous trips, said yes to everything.
I don’t know why I feel like I can’t do it anymore now that I’m 31. I don’t even go clubbing in my own country anymore. I don’t feel like staying in hostels and guesthouses again but what’s the fun in staying at a nice hotel if I can’t meet locals that are on a trip in their own country? I also feel too old to make ‘friends’ at hostels, the friendships are shallow and I feel like I can spend my time better, like traveling with my friends and create memories with them. But on the other hand, I want to SOLO travel through Asia again and they only want to go to 1 country, Japan or Korea, and only want to do anime-manga or k-pop things you know.
I was wondering if someone recognizes themselves in this and do you have tips? I wonder if I’m overthinking too much.