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9 Things Only Women Who Have Traveled Alone Understand

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The idea of traveling alone, whether you’re a first-timer or a grizzled backpacker, will always feel like a prelude to a roller coaster: You’re scared, but at the same time, super excited to see what the near future has in store for you. And just like the aftermath, you’ll come home from your trip with an incredible feeling of empowerment and a handful of life-changing realizations, like what we’ve listed below:

1. Packing light is a science you’ve mastered.
You know how stressful it is to lug around a giant bag all by yourself. If packing light were a subject, you’d definitely ace it…and you scoff at your gal pals who bring two huge bags containing everything! Tss, amateurs.

2. You’ve become more responsible when it comes to your stuff.
It’s hard to not feel the need to stay on top of things when you’ve only got two eyes to watch over your belongings. Your stuff may seem like a chaotic mess, but make no mistake, you know where EVERYTHING is. You’ve even developed measures to ensure that you’re nakaw-proof while catching a much-needed nap before your red-eye flight back to Manila.

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3. Navigation is totally your thing.
People say girls and maps don’t mix, but after making your way through a foreign land alone, you can definitely consider yourself an exception to the rule. Thanks to your adventures, you can now proudly say that you’re an ace map reader and a shameless direction-asker.

4. Your freedom is absolutely yours to make the most out of.
The thought of being able to do what you want, when you want, and without giving a fuck about what others want is exactly why you enjoy traveling alone. Not in the mood to party in Boracay? You could totally call it a night by 8:00 p.m. Want to have lechon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Cebu? Go ahead. Your trip, your rules!

Talking to strangers ain’t hard!

There's a cute AFAM in your hotel, and you have no problem making small talk. Seriously, it’s super easy.

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6. Yes, you can trust people.
You’ll be surprised at how welcoming and helpful people can be, both locals and fellow travelers. They’d point you in the right direction if you’re lost, offer to show you around, invite you to share meals with them, even offer their place for you to sleep in. Just don’t be super trusting: If it doesn’t feel 100 percent right, get out of there ASAP!    

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7. Flirting has never been So. Much. Fun.
We don’t know if it’s the adrenaline rush of being in a new place or the fact that you could choose not to see that person ever again, but we do know it’s ridiculously easy to let go of all your inhibitions when you’re in a foreign land. There’s no pressure to bind yourself to someone for life, so you could test out your flirting skills on every cute single person you cross paths with. Embrace it, girl.

You have no qualms about asking total strangers to take your photos.
and you also offer to take their photos, which, 99 percent of the time, are way nicer than the photos they took of you. Buti nalang libreng mag-crop. On a related note…

9. You have mastered the art of taking selfies.
…because that’s what happens when you’ve got no one to take your pictures. You might think the selfie stick-wielding crowd is sort of jeje, but you secretly, deep down inside, would love to have a selfie stick of your very own.

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