Solo travel, like dining alone, gets a bad rap — mostly from people who don’t particularly enjoy their own company. If you can put up with yourself, however, you can cover a lot of ground on your own. I want to travel alone this year and I’ve always been on trips with people, and the idea of going somewhere by myself makes me ill. I have, however opened up to the idea, thats why I’m going some place alone this year.
Travelling solo can really provide you with a fresh perspective on life, yourself, and the world around you. You have no constant company but your own and you’re left to your own devices to discover places, explore, relax, appreciate the little things, and understand your own thoughts. It gives you a chance to venture down untried avenues. There’re no limits to what you can and can’t do. You can try out any new place to live, eat, and visit. There will be no clash of opinion on what you want to do or where you want to eat or where to go next. You can be as free as you like, have no responsibility towards anyone but yourself, not have to worry about waiting for the other person or being on the same page with them, and absolute freedom to do whatever you want.
There are some awesome :
- Planning is way easier
When traveling solo you’ll take less time planning everything. The only one you have to please is yourself. Any major or minor decision is completely yours to make: destination, itinerary, budget, accommodation.
The best thing: you won’t need the approval of others!
I hate it when I go on Vaca with people and it took forever for us to agree on a location to travel to. After a certain point I didn’t care anymore and I said “whatever you decide I’ll be there”. It was a headache but in the end was a good time. When you travel alone, you dont have that problem.
- You’re in control of your finances
When traveling solo all the financial decisions are all yours to make even if that comes with responsibility too! If you want to on accommodation because you want to go to all of the museums, you can do it.
When I went on vacation last year I came home with $100 left, which I wanted to come home with more, but I was with family and some want this and can you lend me this. Before I left, I had everything written out on what I was going to spend. That went out the window.
- You’ll be more likely to have local experiences
Experiencing a place like a local is something you’ll never regret. When you’re traveling with others you mostly focus on them. You probably go everywhere together so there’s almost no chance of interacting with locals.
If you’re traveling solo you’ll be more prone to strike conversations with locals. I mean, even if you don’t like people that much (haha) at some point you’ll want to have some human interaction.
Exchanging words and experiences with locals will definitely make your travel experience richer. And there’s an enormous perk here: you’ll have the best local food recommendations.
- You’ll become more independent
Once you’ve overcome the fear of solving all your problems all by yourself you’ll become super independent. At first, you’ll probably be second-guessing everything you do but little by little you’ll feel more confident.
You’ll return a different more mature person. Remember the world is much more easygoing and accepting than people are made to believe by their friends and family. This is really true.
- You’ll have all the time to yourself
You’ll have time to reflect on who you are, what you want and where to go. Even in the furthest place on Earth, you can’t escape yourself. Take advantage of that, BE with yourself.
Last year I was on someone elses time when on vacation and for once I want to have all the time to myself.
If you fear traveling solo because you don’t want to feel lonely, there’s always a chance to meet people on the road, chat with locals and even find new friends. You just have to be open to it. Take these tips into consideration:
- A better self-realization
In the end, you’ll be able to know more about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll have time to reflect on yourself, on who you are, what you like and what do you want. And most of the times, you’ll become a better person. Or at least you’ll be a bit changed.
It’s an amazing experience to know that you “survived” and solved all of your problems by yourself in an unknown place. That’ll make you a more confident and fearless person.
Traveling solo is an unforgettable experience, don’t miss it!