RV Travel | Do I Get Lonely Travelling Solo as a Woman?

Since starting my RV journey last fall, there is one question I get more often than anything else. Don’t you get lonely? It’s one of those questions that catch me completely off-guard every time, because I can’t imagine what would cause anyone to think I’m capable of loneliness.

I’m an only child. The thought of not being alone is what terrifies me. I enjoy other people’s company, but there is no one’s company I love more than my own. Constantly being bombarded by someone else’s presence sounds absolutely awful.

So, do I get lonely when travelling solo? No, I don’t. And if I could get even more alone time, I would take it. But, instead of droning on about how much I love my me time, I’ll share why travelling solo is not as lonely as many people think it will be.

Technology Keeps Us Connected

I have movie nights on Friday with my mom, every week. We’ve been doing this since I was in Atlanta and we continued it when I left. I call her and we sync the TVs, so we can watch the movie and still have a little chit chat. Every weekend, I also send my grandma that week’s video from my YouTube channel. She loves watching them, so she can see what I’ve been up to.

There are also countless friends who keep up with me online, via chats, and via phone calls. Some of them are also travelling full-time. It’s awesome being a full-time traveller and having other nomads to share experiences with, because there are some things only they can understand.

New Friends Are All Around

Even in redneck Arizona, where almost an entire community shunned me because of the colour of my skin, I found a few friendly faces. I’m still long-distance friends with one of those persons today. Everywhere you go, you can make friends — and it’s easy. Neighbours come up and talk to me all the time. Other times, I start the conversation.

I just travelled from California to Wyoming with my RV neighbour and it all started because I hopped on another neighbour’s golf cart and happened to fly by him while he was in his hammock. The longer you stay in an area, the better your chances of making long-lasting friendships. I usually stay in a general area for 30 days or more.

There Are Lots of Women Traveling Solo

A common observation among RVers and van-lifers is that most of the solo travellers we meet are women. I’m sure there are people who have had opposite experiences, but I haven’t met a single RVer who disagrees with me on this. I lost count of how many women I’ve met travelling solo. I have met only two men travelling solo and that includes my RV neighbour, who is now technically RVing with me.

So, if you’re a woman worried you might have a hard time finding lady friends, trust me when I say the actual unicorns are men travelling without wives and children. It really makes me reconsider who the more co-dependent sex is.

RVing Can Be Socially Exhausting

There are some experiences I enjoy a little more alone. I prefer to camp solo than to camp with someone else. Both are enjoyable, but I foresee I’ll be doing more solo camping than group camping in the future. A big part of this is that, as an only child, most of my hobbies are single-player tasks. For example, I like to read or write and having someone else around makes that impossible.

In fact, about a week or two into our month-long trip from California to Wyoming, I told my travel buddy to go on ahead. Some days, I don’t want to see another living person I know and I don’t want to say, “Hello” or “Good morning.” It’s really hard to have that when you’re travelling with someone else.

So, will I go back to solo travel after I leave Wyoming? Absolutely! Right now, I’m enjoying my time on the farm and being part of a unit. We all have different schedules and no one questions me when I pack up the truck and disappear all day. But, travelling 1,100 miles with someone else definitely taught me that solo travel is my preferred setting. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

12 thoughts on “RV Travel | Do I Get Lonely Travelling Solo as a Woman?

  1. Even though I grew up with siblings I have always treasured alone time. My husband and I each value time alone and leave lots of space for each other. I need solitude to think and don’t like to be interrupted.

  2. I’m not an only child, but I do prefer solo travel to traveling with friends and family. I love my friends and family to death, but planning itineraries to work around their habits and preferences (even if they’re the most chill travelers) can be frustrating, and having to be “on” all of the time gets exhausting. I travel alone 90% of the time as a result, although in recent years, I’ve come to appreciate traveling with my dad, who’s just as energetic and enthusiastic as I am. So it works, too!

    1. I like meeting people in places and then going back to my own life. 😂 But for fulltime travel, I am now certain I couldn’t do that with someone else. Even if I had a boyfriend with an RV, we’d have to travel parallel routes instead of the same route. I don’t need a man breathing down my neck when I’m making friends or want to be alone. 😂

  3. I agree with you both. Growing up as an only child I enjoyed my alone time and my own company. And this has carried over as an adult. I find it distressing when people want to suck up my time. So I don’t allow it. Why people think you should be lonely because you are alone baffles me. Solitude is medicine for the soul.

    1. I think they believe I am lonely when alone, because they would be. When I meet people who can’t stand to be alone, I ask them if they can stand their own company, how can I?

  4. Most people seem to have difficulty in differentiating between alone and lonely. I think that the loneliest I have ever been was when I first joined the army and lived in a barrack room with 19 other people! I love being alone and, if I wish to have any company, there are plenty of trees, animals, birds, clouds, or hills that are ready and willing to listen and console!

    1. This is very true! In that sense, Wyoming can be a lonely existence sometimes. Kevin is here and his parents are lovely! But I do miss being around people my age and who share my views. Wyoming is Trump country.

  5. Solitude. I’m also an only child so I’m used to being as you say alone but I prefer to call it solitude. Cuz I never feel like I’m really alone or lonely. Though there are some people that I enjoy and want to be with there are a few that I would want to share my solitude with.

    1. I find that I am most inclined to share my solitude with people who are also of the solitude loving kind. People who are more codependent and need constant companionship stress me out.

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