7 reasons why you 'should not' travel solo

No one cares what you do and your year becomes longer when you go on holiday alone, says Mandy Tay

You will be distracted by four-hour-long chats in a hostel lobby, missing the sunset and the carnival. But you will feel more.

In 2016, on a trip to the Balkans, I gave up a visit to the museum to meet Djani, a Bosnian local who was my Singaporean colleague's intern a few years ago in Dubai, where I used to work. I figured that the museum will always be there. But Djani and I may never be at the same place at the same time again.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline '7 reasons why you 'should not' travel solo'. Subscribe