There are many reasons why people put of taking a trip alone; fear of the unknown, afraid of being lonely, listening to the nagging doubts from other people or from within, a lack of confidence, safety aspects, and similar. There are, however, numerous reasons to try some solo travel.
Whether you go away for a weekend on your own, join a group trip for some semi-solo adventures, or hit the road with just your backpack for company on search of long term worldwide discoveries, solo travel can be the best thing that you have ever done. It will certainly be a life-changing experience, and open your eyes to the world around you, the people that live on our earth, and ultimately, teach you more about yourself.
Here are five reasons to try some solo travel:
You Meet Lots of New People
A fantastic thing about travelling alone is that you are rarely truly alone – unless you choose to be. With more and more people setting off to conquer the world by themselves, there are more and more people to chat to, share experiences with, hook up with for trips and ongoing parts of your journey, eat dinner with, and generally socialise with.
When you travel in a group or with another person, it is easy to ignore others around you. People naturally stay in comfort zones; when you are alone, though, you are more open to chatting to people. Whether you chat with the 18 year old fresh out of High School, the 65 year old expat, the 30 something traveller who wanted to experience travel before settling down forever in a career and with a family, the hostel owner, the bar tender, or the market stall owner, you get to experience the world through other people’s eyes as well as your own. You also get to learn more about their countries and cultures, and can pick up some handy hints for if you ever want to visit their one day, and you can get the inside scoop from locals in any place where you are currently visiting.
You Can Go Wherever You Want
It may sound selfish, but when you go it alone, you are totally free to decide to do exactly what you want to do. If you fancy a rest, there is no need to feel like you are disappointing anyone by lazing in a hammock, by the pool, on the beach, or even in bed, all day long. If you desperately want to visit some far flung place that many people have no interest in visiting, there is nobody to hold you back. If you want to spend hours in a museum, or race around in a few minutes, you are free to do whatever you want to do. The point is, YOU decide! There are no restrictions on your schedule, your route, or the places you visit. You are also more likely to seize opportunities and do the random things that may otherwise have passed you by.
You Get to Know Yourself
Spending time alone is a great time for thinking and reflecting. You learn how to tune into your inner thoughts and feelings and have a greater understanding about your needs, desires, goals, and wishes. With fewer distractions, you can think about the things that really matter to you. You will also almost likely find your confidence growing, and you will almost certainly find yourself doing things that you would never in the past imagined possible. Go on – learn how to be your own best friend!
You Can Truly Relax
When you travel alone it can be a great time to enjoy relaxing and catching up with things that you have been meaning to do for ages. You have nobody persuading you to ditch your book and head the club, no one waiting to go and eat dinner whilst you finish watching that movie you have always wanted to see but never quite found the time. Your free time is as valuable as your sightseeing and adventure time when you travel solo, and you can really make the most of it. You can write long rambling emails to your friends back at home, chat to loved ones on Skype, catch up with your travel blog, and essentially take time out just for you.
You Can Feel Proud of Yourself
Nothing beats that feeling when you do something amazing all by yourself. When you challenge yourself and push yourself to your limits, knowing that your inner strength and motivation carried you through, and when you deal with things calmly that in the past would have made you crumble. Travelling on your own makes you tougher and more resilient; this then allows you to really feel a sense of achievement. You are your own leader, and you can do it!
There will be the odd time when you feel lonely, and there are bound to be times when you feel like you really don’t know what to do. There will be challenges and disappointments. Ultimately, however, travelling solo can bring forth a wealth of experiences and provide the best times that you will remember fondly for all of your life.