The idea of solo travel is something that’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years, yet it’s still something that scares so many people, especially those used to travelling with family or friends. Whilst it’s definitely okay and absolutely understandable to be afraid of things that are so unknown, and even more so when it comes to travelling alone in a foreign country, it’s also not good to be held back by these fears because you’ll be missing out on amazing opportunities and experiences as a result.
If you’ve been thinking of travelling solo, but just haven’t taken the leap yet, then in this post, we’re going to share some of the benefits with you that solo travel can bring.
Unlike travelling with friends, when you travel solo you have complete freedom to spend your time exactly as you wish. You can do what you like, when you like and not have to compromise with anyone else, which is truly one of the reasons why solo travel can become quite addictive for a lot of people. You can decide when you eat and what restaurants you go to, and there’s just an all-round sense of freedom in solo travel that you don’t get on quite the same level as when travelling with friends or a partner. It could save you money too, if you fancy skipping a meal or just grabbing some noodles from a street vendor, rather than sitting down for a more formal meal as you tend to do when you have company.
The other great thing about travelling solo is that you have complete flexibility to do things on your own or with others. You can decide one day to change your schedule without having to ask anyone else if they agree to the idea. So, if you don’t like to plan too far ahead and want to see where the wind takes you so to speak, travelling solo gives you this opportunity to be your own boss whilst you’re away on holiday. Plus if there’s only one of you, it’ll be easier to join tours and excursions at the last minute, when there might be only one more space available.
You’ll Meet Amazing People
Travelling solo doesn’t mean that you have to be on your own all of the time – in fact it’s a good idea to hook up with other travellers when you’re by yourself to avoid feeling lonely. Indeed, social isolation can be harmful for your health so you should try and make the effort to interact with the people you come across, whether they’re staying in the same accommodation as you, on the same excursions or even just people you get chatting to in bars. A great way to meet new people is by joining things like free walking tours, signing up for group trips and excursions, or you can even stay in hostels where the atmosphere lends itself really well to mixing with others.
You’ll Gain So Much Confidence
Travelling solo is an experience like no other, and although it may not be perfect all the time, you’ll gain so much confidence in yourself since you’ll be able to realise your ability to do things on your own without depending on anyone else. Being forced out of your comfort zone is the best way to gain confidence when you’re travelling. You’ll see that you’re more capable than you probably ever thought, and you’ll feel empowered to travel to more places and even make assertive decisions in your life that you perhaps weren’t able to make before.
Solo travel definitely can be scary, but it’s absolutely worth trying out to see if it’s something that suits you. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone, but at least giving it a go will be something you likely won’t regret, and the experience will always be a story to tell. If you want to get to know yourself better, this is a great way to do it!
Have you ever travelled solo? Tell us about your experiences in the comments.