Traveling solo is, as far as I’m concerned, truly one of the best and most rewarding gifts you can ever give yourself. Not only it is exciting and fun, but it’s quite an eye-opening and liberating experience as well. Plus, going alone promotes self-discovery, feeds your passion as well as helps you take a step outside your comfort zone. To top it all, it’s a rewarding escape that gives you the freedom to literally do anything and everything that your heart desires. Whether you’re traveling to an international tropical paradise or a local urban haven, you won’t regret traveling Solo. And yet many travelers have memories of extraordinary, eye-opening solo trips, of glorious days when they set out alone and found and saw and noticed things they might never have done otherwise.Why travel Solo? Consider finding out for yourself.
Here are 11 reasons why you should travel Solo at least once in your life.
When you travel Solo, the lack of familiar people to interact with forces you to engage much more directly with your surroundings — on where you are rather than who you’re with. This is probably why many travelers report more vivid memories from solo trips; their attention is absolutely focused on their surroundings.
Unable to rely on your traveling partners to buy breakfast, or use their better language skills to get things done, or distract you during a boring train ride, you’ll have to turn to the locals, whether you’re looking for human interaction or not.
A solo traveler can also seem more approachable. If you’re with a partner or friend, it’s tempting to talk mostly with each other, and outsiders might not want to impose. But if you’re by yourself, it’s often easier for someone else to strike up a conversation with you (or vice versa).
When traveling with others, we are often selective about suggesting activities that we hope everyone will enjoy and find a good use of precious vacation time. If one of these activities doesn’t work out, it can be a source of guilt and conflict.
If you make the wrong choice on a solo trip, there’s no one to worry about other than yourself, and you won’t feel guilty for ruining someone else’s travel day. Plus, it’s easier to ditch your itinerary and move on.
When traveling in a group, changing plans can be rife with interpersonal, financial and other concerns. When Travel Solo, you can simply make a decision and move on. This can apply to decisions both small and large, from deciding where to eat to choose whether to rent a car and leave town.
Truthfully, Travel Solo isn’t as affordable as a trip with your friends, partner, bestie or family. Keep in mind, there’s nobody to split the costs of your hotel accommodations, food, and transportation. On the plus side, however, Travel Solo will teach you how to be frugal as well as help you develop your financial management skills. With no one around to help you out, you’ll be compelled to find ways to reduce your budget during your solo trip.
When we are with friends and family, much of our experience is a shared one, which can offer rich rewards but can also create a buffer between us and the world around us. Travel Solo makes remaining in the bubble of your own comfort zone nigh on impossible — which can lead to more intense travel experiences.
Perhaps the most striking thing about Travel Solo is that your schedule is entirely yours to decide. Our everyday lives can be a tyrannical grind of accommodating other people’s schedules, and this can easily carry over to leisure time as we try to pace our vacation days to adapt to the preferences of the group.
Travel Solo, you can walk out of a movie you don’t like, stay for hours in a museum no one else you know would care about, ride an elevated subway to the last stop just for the sights, read a book in your hotel room or whatever you can come up with that would seem a waste of time to almost anyone else. Following your own rhythm without compromise might not be possible in daily life, but it’s great, indulgent fun on a solo vacation.
Travel Solo is an empowering, life-changing journey that can greatly boost your confidence. Once you’ve survived a solo adventure, you’ll feel like you can conquer any challenges and do anything you want. To survive a trip alone (with complex travel plans and language barriers) shows that you’re so much more capable than you think and expect.
There are tons of perks of traveling with someone else, your family or a group of friends. But, sometimes, the people you travel with can become a big distraction. In group travel, the trip is most likely about your shared moments, which can a great thing in some cases, but not always for everybody. Also, let’s face it, you’ll feel the urge to do some catch up with your friends, especially if you haven’t seen one another for a while.
If your idea of a getaway is having fun with a friend or two, then go for it, by all means. If, however, you’re really looking to fully immerse into a place and connect with its people, I suggest that you hit the road alone. To me, the experiences you have a solo traveler are more profound, and tend to be deeper and may leave a longer effect on you.
When you venture out into the world on your own, you eventually need to face who you are, what you care about and what you want to do with your time. Certainly, the literature of our species bears this out, with a journey at the center of many of our greatest and most significant myths, novels and memoirs. Traveling with others you will find great friendship, diversion, and fun; but Travel Solo you might find yourself.