You know exactly where you want to go and you have the itinerary all planned out in your head, the only problem now is that you don’t have anyone to go with. Travelling alone doesn’t always have to be such a bad thing though, in fact it could end up being the best thing you ever do! Here are our 10 reasons why we think everyone should give solo travel a go...
1. It’s simple.
Forget trying to organise an itinerary that everyone is happy with; making sure that everyone has their tickets and waiting around for everyone to make it through the check in desk. When you travel alone the only person you have to organise and wait around for is yourself!
2. You’ll meet loads of new people.
When you travel in a group or with one other person you already know, you’re much less likely to interact with fellow travellers or locals as you already have company so your brain says there is no need to make the effort with strangers. Travelling alone provides you with the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people and forge new friendships so make the most of it and get chatting while you’re out and about – you never know who you might meet.
3. You can do whatever you want.
When the only person you have to please is yourself, you can do whatever you want. Tick off that item from your bucket list that you’ve wanted to do for years now or simply do nothing, there will be no one else around to criticise your decisions so utilize this rare time and make the most of only having to do what YOU want to!
4. You’ll become much more independent and confident.
Travelling solo will push you to embrace unfamiliar places and people, all of which will come together to make you far more confident. Not being able to rely on others to communicate or navigate for you will gently, but assuredly force you to be more independent and while it will probably feel a bit scary at the time, it will undoubtedly put a smile on your face afterwards when you realise just how much confidence your trip has given you!
5. It challenges you
Travelling alone challenges you in a way that few other experiences will. For most of us, travelling solo will throw us out of our comfort zone and the thought of standing alone in the big wide world can seem a bit daunting but life isn’t meant to be easy and comfortable, is it? There’s so much to see and experience that it seems silly to not see it purely because you haven’t got someone by your side. Take a deep breath and then just go for it. You’ll come back so much stronger for having thrown your comfort zone out into the wind and suddenly you’ll find that the challenges you face in your day-to-day life seem pale and simple in comparison.
6. You can stay within your budget
When you travel in a group you will often find that not everyone has the same budget or general view on money. What is cheap to you may be mega expensive to your friend or vice versa. Travelling alone eliminates this issue and leaves you free to stay well within your budget as you don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else.
7. You’ll appreciate home more
Travelling alone is likely to make you appreciate home miles more than you ever have before. When you travel with friends or family, you take with you a piece of home and so quite often you won’t find yourself missing much from your normal life. Travelling alone means you have nothing there to comfort yourself with or fall back on and while the experiences you have while on your travels are likely to be incredible, when you return home you’ll probably find yourself appreciating it far more than you did when you first flew away from it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder after all…
8. You’ll become a better traveller
Travelling alone will give you the chance to work out what style of travelling you find most enjoyable. You’ll be able to tailor the trip to suit you and being in charge of every detail will open your eyes to the backend of holidays that you have probably previously shared with your travel companions. While this may seem a bit stressful to start with, in the long run it will make you a better travel as you’ll know exactly what you need to do, what you want to do and how to fit them seamlessly together.
9. You’ll become a better decision maker
The fact that there is no one sitting beside you to help you decide on your next destination, how to get there or even what to have for dinner that night will make you a much better decision maker because, put quite simply, if you don’t make those decisions for yourself, nothing will get done.
10. You’ll experience true freedom
There aren’t many times in life where you will experience true freedom but travelling solo is one of those few times. You can do what you want, when you want and change your mind as many times as you wish. There is nothing holding you back and there aren’t many times in life when you will be able to enjoy freedom like this!
By Shannon Clark - Online Journalism Intern
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