To express that I will use my own transportation means and route to get there rather than going with a group following the proposed route, can I say, ‘I will go (or get) there in my own way’? Does it sound totally unnatural to native English speakers?

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    "I will make my own way there" would be the idiomatic expression. – Kate Bunting Apr 10 at 8:30
  • @Kate, that should probably be an answer. You probably just need to add a reference and you're done... – Toby Speight Apr 10 at 10:16
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    @TobySpeight questions like these are off-topic (under the general categories of “proofreading” or “belongs on English Language Learners”) and often end up closed. The Help Centre recommends that answers should not be posted for such questions. :-) – Chappo Apr 10 at 12:17
  • "I'll get there on my own" – Cascabel Apr 10 at 14:19

"I will make my own way there" would be the idiomatic expression.

The only reference I can find is https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/make+my+own+way, which gives the phrase a more metaphorical meaning ('make one's own way in life'), but it is also commonly said by someone intending to travel independently to an agreed meeting point.


It's a bit awkward and uncommon, but it is a clear phrase in the right context. For example if someone with received English offered you a map or insisted to show you the way somewhere, they would understand perfectly if you replied that you would go in your own way. More often we say "i'll make my own way there".

  • This should be a comment - not an answer - especially as the only alternative phrase you've offered has already been suggested in another answer. – TrevorD Apr 10 at 15:14

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