關於旅行|一個人旅行你必須知道的10件事10 Essential Tips for the Solo Traveler



About two years ago, my fascination with solo travel began to take root, and subsequently I made my way around the various cities of Taiwan on my own. Next came Canada… and then Okinawa… currently I’m typing this article in England!


英國全區The UK|倫敦London|巴斯Bath|約克York|利物浦Liverpool|愛丁堡Edinburgh|蘇格蘭高地Highlands|劍橋Cambridge|巨石陣Stonehenge|牛津Oxford|多佛Dover
法國全區|巴黎Paris|聖米歇爾山Mont Saint Michel|圖爾Tours|羅亞爾河城堡群Le Loire|里昂Lyon|蔚藍海岸Côte d’Azur|普羅旺斯Provence
荷蘭全區The Netherlands|阿姆斯特丹Amsterdam|鹿特丹Rotterdam|海牙Den Haag|台夫特Delft|烏特勒支Utrecht|馬斯垂克Maastricht|羊角村Giethoorn|小孩堤防Kinderdijk
奧地利全區Austria|維也納Wien|薩爾斯堡Salzburg|因斯布魯克Innsbruck|哈修塔特Hallstatt|布達佩斯Budapest|布拉格Praha|CK小鎮Cesky-krumlov|人骨教堂Kutna Hora
義大利全區Italy|威尼斯Venezia|米蘭Milano|科莫湖Como|佛羅倫斯Firenze|羅馬Roma|托斯卡尼Toscana|五漁村Cinque Terre|拿玻里Napoli|龐貝Pompeii|馬泰拉Matera|蘑菇村Alberobello|杜林Torino|波隆那Bologne|巴塞隆納Barcelona



本篇文章是由Tom Eldridge翻譯。



 「Nobody has achieved success or happiness accidentally, you just haven’t seen all of the hard work they’ve done to get there」

「It seems like she is really enjoying herself, traveling all the time~」Every time my penchant for solo travel gets brought up in conversation amongst friends and family, I am showered with praise regarding my courage and bravery and am told my traveling lifestyle is certainly enviable. However, while of course travel is undoubtedly wonderful, there is a gritty aspect to it. All of the beautiful, mesmerizing pictures you see on FB and IG don’t show the greasy, three days sans shower hair, nor the no make-up, sweaty, puffy face that is a staple of every traveler’s life on the road.

In the background of each fairy tale-esque photo lies a heap of real world challenges and problems. It seems like many people, myself included, must work day and night for years to save enough money just to leave the country one time! I’ve had the goal of taking a trip to Europe before I hit 25 years of age for quite some time.

Sitting here in England, after diligently using various strategies to attain this goal as well as an abundance of hard work, I can confidently say it’s all been worth it!


其實一個人自助旅行當然是自由,當然多了那麼一點想幹嘛就幹嘛的爽快感,但是相對的你要「全然的」為自己負責,當遇到任何事情你都必須要想辦法自己解決,因為沒有人會主動幫你。 (我的意思不是說外國人很可怕很冷酷我的意思是就算要人家幫助你地一步也是你要自己開口求助,不然對方也不知道你的問題是什麼)。




 「Solo travelers need more than just courage」

Of course, even though the freedom and autonomy that come along with solo traveling are liberating, there is also a responsibility to handle all issues that come up on your own~ being self-reliant and self-sufficient are absolutely fundamental. By this I don’t mean that local people aren’t kind or aren’t willing to help you, rather that in order to receive assistance you’ll first have to take the initiative and seek it out, otherwise nobody will be aware of your predicament.

A lot of people say, “How did you pluck up the courage to travel alone in a strange place for so long?” In my eyes research and preparation are much more important than courage. You must understand how to take care of yourself in a foreign environment- knowing the best angle to take photos is great but knowing the most practical methods to wash clothes, cook, and respond to crises all on the go is far more invaluable. Of course, I haven’t roamed about Africa or ventured into true wilderness; I haven’t needed to eat worms or filter seawater or demonstrate other wilderness survival tactics, however here in England I have quite frequently encountered situations that require me to independently manage my resorces at hand and overcome a previously unforeseen challenge. Obviously, the longer the trip, the more opportunity for plans to become askew and to suddenly realize certain conveniences found back home in Taiwan are not universal!

In Taiwan, most people are used to living comfortably and being taken care of by loved ones, essentially not having to worry about anything critical. I’m willing to bet there are quite a few college graduates who still haven’t left home to work, haven’t washed their own dishes or clothes, haven’t figured out how to navigate public transportation alone (being accustomed to rides from parents), etc. If life at home is too easy, we will slowly forget how to adapt ourselves to new and challenging situations.

In foreign countries, places where you can’t understand the local language and don’t know a single person, you must confront many things by yourself and are forced to learn many new things as you go. Although this is a painstaking process, the fruits of your efforts will be worthwhile!

If you’re planning to get out and adventure by yourself, here are ten things you should know first!

1.你必須要自己做功課You must do your homework!



Before you set out on your journey, do your research! Unlike traveling in a tour group, nobody is going to make an itinerary for you, drive you around, or choose everything for you; therefore it’s necessary to understand the local transportation methods, figure out the best and most economical lodging choices, and logically plan your itinerary, otherwise you’ll be wasting a lot of money (if money’s not an issue, then feel free to carelessly roam around until you stumble upon a 5-star hotel). In my experience traveling in Canada and the UK, one trip on a bus or subway is going to cost you around 60-100 NTD, not to mention riding the notoriously pricy trains in England will cost you an arm and a leg (can easily exceed 1000 NTD). However, there are ways to obtain cheaper tickets, and planning your journey carefully will save time and money (there are plenty of attractions clumped together!). In the age of the Internet, it’s simple to find heaps of information about attractions just about anywhere- it’s just a question of you spending the time to do the required research!

2.拍照靠自己,有臉沒風景The art of the selfie and who to trust with your camera


  • 他自己也是觀光客:通常你可以從語言、打扮跟行頭來判斷,或是直接找那種揹著相機的人,一是他如果背大類單比較高的比例照片不會太醜,二是他有可能也需要你幫他拍剛好互拍變成朋友情侶直接結婚恭喜!
  • 攜家帶眷小孩是嬰兒的:原因只是因為有嬰兒車跑不快偷走你相機你就偷他小孩
  • 老人:一樣的原因「跑不快」最好挑駝背或是手很抖感覺身體不太健康的但是你像機要條自動對焦模式哈哈哈不然會像鬼照片哇哈哈。
  • 帥哥:帥到你覺得相機送他也沒關係的那種。

Every solo traveler must master the art of the selfie! In certain places such as Europe, with grand castles and majestic landscapes, it can be a bit tricky to capture the moment perfectly- you need favourable conditions, good resolution, nothing or nobody disrupting the background- there’s a reason professional photographers exist! Anyways, if you take enough shots there is sure to be a solid one in there somewhere. Sometimes you will come across a stranger who asks if you need help taking a picture- be aware that in Europe you must be careful who you give your camera to. Usually I won’t hesitate to hand my camera over to:

Other tourists!:Normally you can judge this from the language they speak and the way they dress.

Camera-wielders: For one thing their skill is probably pretty decent and secondly, they may also need your help taking a photo! Who knows, maybe you’ll become friends, lovers, spend the rest of your days growing old together- you can thank me at your wedding!

Families:They can’t exactly steal your camera and run away fast enough with those strollers or wheelchairs slowing things down.

The elderly: Same reason- they can’t run away quickly either! Be careful though- if you don’t turn on the automatic focus mode you may be dealing with a “ghost picture”!

Handsome guys: So handsome that you are totally OK with it if they walk away with your camera and your heart!

3.想吃美食恨不得拉路人一起The perils of eating alone


Every time I go by a great looking restaurant that has enormous portions I want to murder somebody! Food in England is rather expensive~ if you don’t have a huge appetite, as is my case, you may feel that spending a wad of cash on a meal you can’t finish is illogical. Ideally you have a friend or somebody to share with, if not you may find yourself in a difficult situation just like traveling to Korea and realizing that the only individual-portioned dining options are kimchi or tofu hotpot- imagine going to a traditional Korean restaurant by yourself and trying to down a whole living octopus by yourself! How lonely~ that octopus might be your closest companion that day!

4.行李都要自己背,童話故事情節不會出現You have to carry your luggage by yourself, this isn’t a fairy tale!

不管你是背包客還是行李箱客,只要是超過十天以上的行程不管你衣服準備的多少行李還是會有一定的重量,你以為國外的路人很紳士所以都會幫你扛嗎? 答案是「會幫但要看起來真的很笨重的時候」,因為你走出去會發現路上到處都是跟你一樣的女生一個人推著大行李廂,所以誰會每一個人都幫啊?有時候也是不方便而不是真正的推不動,人家當然就讓你自己走阿。


It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a backpack or a suitcase, if you’re on a trip for 10+ days your luggage will definitely have some weight to it. Oh, you think you’ll meet a gentleman on the street who will help you carry your bags? It’s possible, but usually only if your bags look ridiculously heavy. Actually the streets are inundated with young female travelers in the same predicament, hauling their luggage around, so it would place any gentleman in a dilemna as far as who to help, anyways. Also, nobody’s going to put on your backpack! In my experience, if you are planning to travel abroad, especially in winter, I recommend a suitcase over a backpack- not because somebody might help you haul it but rather because backpacks don’t have quite as much volume and they can lead to shoulder discomfort. Don’t forget you probably also have a handbag and water to carry (water is expensive in foreign countries, I always start with a full bottle in the morning to last me the entire day). If you don’t injure your shoulders, well maybe you’ll hurt your back…I always start fantasizing about a Thai massage when I’m lugging bags around.

5.要習慣迷路這件事Get used to getting lost!

因為人生地不熟又不是一直有網路可以依靠GOOGLE MAP,歐洲很多路名都長在牆壁上,又有很多小巷子怎麼繞繞一百條都覺得長一樣哈哈哈哈哈,重點有的時候連他們自己都不知道路我做個倫敦地鐵每天都被人問要怎麼座車好像我是當地人一樣哇哈哈,所以你就習慣這件事做錯了走錯了就剛好逛到不一樣的地方欣賞一下不一樣的風景這樣就好了哈哈。

Since you’re in an unfamiliar place and probably don’t have constant access to Google Maps, you may find yourself completely lost at times, especially since in Europe there are countless twisting little alleys that all look identical! Even locals get turned around sometimes- I was approached daily on the subway in London and asked for directions! In short, just get used to getting lost and try to appreciate all of the accidental discoveries you discover along the way!

6.上廁所像是地攤老闆一樣大包小包The puzzle of going to the restroom with luggage


對。是不是很累? 東西有些沒地方掛還要放在髒髒的地上?

Traveling with friends has one distinct advantage: When you go to the bathroom, somebody can watch your stuff! If you think this is trivial, just wait until you are no longer sitting in front of a computer and trying to cram a suitcase, backpack, umbrella, shopping bags, etc. into a small toilet stall with no hooks! Yeah, it’s not easy! And yes, the floor is as filthy as it looks.

7.要像如履薄冰一樣的小心Be watchful of your belongings and surroundings


  • 雞蛋不要放在同一個籃子裡:護照、信用卡、大鈔、小抄。以上這些東西通常我都會分開放,不會讓人一拿就整包不見想哭沒眼淚叫爸媽都沒有用。
  • 事前調查鄰居厝邊:在台灣基本上你不管住在哪一區我覺得都算是安全因為我們雖然有很多種族但是社會階層背景的差別並沒有像西方社會來的大。在這裡大部分都會依照區域來分階級,像我在加拿大住的Homestay就是高級住宅區附近頗安全,尤其你在找Airbnb的時候要特別注意有些價錢便宜的地方很大一部份原因是因為當地治安不好或是比較複雜等等。
  • 半夜不要單獨在外:沒有說你半夜走在路上一定會被殺只是比較小心。

Taiwan’s passport is becoming more and more valuable, so when you’re out and about be aware of all your belongings, not only cash. A lot of people say Europe is dangerous, or that Taiwan and Japan are the safest places, but actually anything can happen anywhere, it just depends on your degree of caution. For example, I will be sure to follow several preventative measures to avoid mishap:

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket: I will usually separate my passport, credit card, big bank notes and pocket change to prevent a skilled pickpocket from taking everything valuable in one deft maneuver. If that happens, you’ll be in quite a pickle and all of your tears won’t help you recover your valuables!

Inspect your surroundings: In Taiwan, no matter where you live it seems pretty safe since although there are people from many different backgrounds, the socioeconomic differences aren’t as apparent as in the West. The social strata here is typically divided by physical neighborhoods, like when I did a homestay in Canada, the neighborhood I was staying in was quite wealthy and safe, contrasted by surrounding areas. Be especially careful when booking Airbnbs: a lot of the cheaper offerings are cheap just because the location may not be the safest.

Don’t go out alone in the middle of the night:I’m not saying you will necessarily “disappear”, but in general you want to be smart and put yourself in good situations.

8.世界上的好人比壞人多Good people outnumber the bad


In my opinion, there are way more kind people out there than unkind, during the course of my travels I frequently experienced many touching small acts of kindness and offers of help, had many people ask me how my day was going, had help hauling luggage around, etc. I still adhere to the Golden Rule: If you treat other people well, they will treat you well in turn. If you trust others, they will trust you (the caveat being don’t be a fool!).

9.美景看久了也會無聊,孤單遲早找上你Even the most beautiful scenery won’t stop you from feeling lonely in the end

「享受吧。一個人的旅行」我覺得這只有在當你懂得如何跟自己相處的時候才能夠真正的享受,如果你很愛群體生活其實你很難不在空檔玩FB跟朋友聊天,你會知道朋友家人情人的真正重要性!就算是已經很喜歡也很習慣一個人出去玩的我,這趟旅程真的還是有那麼一些搭車的時候覺得寂寞孤單,尤其是朋友跟你都有時差,當你吃到很好吃的食物看到很美的風景想要將當下的感動跟人分享卻沒有辦法時,真的是會一點點落寞… 我解決的方法就是戴上耳機把音樂開到最大聲、找一本你很愛的書英文版苦讀哈哈(或是其他第二外語也OK)或是最後一招……..「直接打電話給想念的人把他吵醒反正是真愛是朋友會原諒你的哈哈阿哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈」

It seems to me that the one essential step to truly enjoying solo travel is the ability to get along with yourself. If you are unaccustomed to spending time alone, you will likely take every opportunity to check Facebook and chat with friends~ while solo traveling it’s hard not to realize the true importance of your loved ones.

Even though I am accustomed to traveling alone and take great pleasure in it, on this present journey I’ve had several sudden attacks of loneliness, notably while taking the bus, and also in the aftermath of enjoying a scrumptious meal or a beautiful view I’ve had the urge to share the experience but because of time difference that was simply out of the cards. QQ!!!

My solution to this problem is simply to plug in my earbuds and turn the music up, or painstakingly read a favorite book in English or any second language, or if you are really desperate…just call whoever you miss the most and wake them up! Your true friends will forgive you anyways~

10.發生衰事就當笑話看。Roll with the punches, laugh about mishaps later.





「You don’t always have to handle everything by yourself.」

No matter where you are, and no matter what happens, always remember that your friends are just a phone call away and can help you sort out whatever mess you’ve found yourself in. There’s no need to handle everything by yourself! You can also walk into any coffee shop and vent to a random stranger, the English are very polite and will most definitely hear you out! Maybe some people will think you’re annoying but since they’ll only have to see you once it’s no biggie! 🙂

At the end of all long trips, you will inevitably feel exhausted~ it’s at these times that a phone call to your loved ones is most needed! I think of Taiwan as a loyal partner and foreign countries as a mistress; sure, it’s great to go play but at the end of the day there’s nothing like returning home to a welcoming embrace and to all that you know and love.

The end.

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  1. 你的文章真的寫的好豐富貼切,我也很想要去英國自由行,但真的覺得語言上是一個障礙..由其是一個人自己前往不熟悉的國家.

    1. 嗨~我一開始也會有點擔心,但後來發現肢體語言很有用!比一比就好了

  2. Hello Lilian! 你的Blog是我无意间发现的。

    1. Hello 🙂


  3. 哈囉^^仔細的拜讀您的文章,很寫實也很有趣哦^^
    但就像你文章有提到的 學習新事物,雖然準備滿滿的出門,但也是有可能遇到突發狀況,當下會有一點慌,可是回國以後想到這些細節,每樣都好有趣,而且是完全屬於自已的,這種感覺好棒啊^^

    1. 嗨~我現在才看到你的留言真是不好意思


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