Travelling solo is the ultimate adventure. While it can be wonderful to share new experiences with people close to you, sometimes you just need the freedom to do your own thing. Still unsure if going it alone is good for you? Take a look at these great reasons why you should travel solo at least once in your life.
Tick off your bucket list
When travelling solo, it’s all about you. The places you’ve always wanted to go. The experiences you’ve always dreamed of having. Being on your own means you don’t have to compromise on your wish list. You can go wherever you want, and spend as much time as you need there.
Easy peasy planning
Everyone has different budgets, interests and time off. Instead of trying to align your schedule with someone else, you can design the trip around your holiday schedule. It’s just so much simpler to organise where and when you’ll go when you only have your own needs to consider.
More me time
Travelling solo is a great way to spend some quality time with yourself. Whether you’re doing some soul searching and meditation, writing in your journal, relaxing at the spa or finally finishing that book you’ve been meaning to read, this is your time to do as you like.
Make new friends
Just because you’re travelling on your own, doesn’t mean you have to be alone. There are bound to be plenty of other travellers on the same route who would be keen to hang out. Strike up a conversation in the communal area at your hostel or hotel. Or join a cultural tour, cooking class or group activity. Speaking the local language can be a great help, but English is quite common in many countries, so you’ll likely be able to keep up a conversation. Who knows, you might even make a friend for life!
Ditch the drama
No matter how much you love your partner or how close you are to your friends, there’s a good chance you’ll disagree on something at least once during your travels. Whether you take a wrong turn and get lost, argue about the budget, or any number of other niggles, it can put a damper on your happy holiday vibes. Of course, if you’re travelling solo, you always get your way!
For some people, travelling alone makes them feel a bit self-conscious. After all, you don’t usually ask for a table for one or book a single ticket when you’re at home. But getting over your fears and going it alone is very empowering. In fact, once you realise how easy it is do it all by yourself, you’ll get more confident every day. A feeling that will change your approach to life even once you’re back home.
Appreciate the little things
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that’s true for solo travel too. When you’re away from home, it gives you a better perspective of your life and the people you love. While you immerse yourself in all the new and exciting experiences in foreign countries, it may also remind you of the little things you love about your own home, family and friends.