For many people, travelling solo may feel like a daunting prospect but it doesn’t have to be. How many times have you wanted to go to that dream destination but you’ve had to rely on the availability of your partner/relative/friend? Here are some reasons why travelling by yourself can be good for you.
Posted On December 13, 2016 Posted By Andy Buerckner
You are in complete control of your travel plans. You can decide where you want to fly, when you want to fly, how long to stay for... the list goes on. You are the sole decision maker and you don’t have to rely on expectations but your own.
You don’t need to compromise with anyone but yourself. You can decide to wake up as early or as late as you want to, choose to lie on a beach all day or do ten hours of sightseeing. The choice is yours.
When travelling with companions, many people tend to stick to their own groups. When travelling solo, you’re more likely to speak to locals or to other travellers when you’re out and about. Travelling solo tends to make you more approachable to others. Sign up to classes, go on walking tours, speak to people at your accommodation, the possibilities are endless.
When you travel solo, challenges are constantly thrown your way. Getting out of your comfort zone can help you to acquire the skills to deal with new and unexpected situations. Perhaps you successfully asked for directions in broken Japanese, figured out which bus to take to another city in Croatia or tried a delicacy you were too scared to try. You become braver, more accomplished and feel more confident in yourself as you realise you're more capable than you think.
Finally, travelling solo can give you the alone time to learn more about yourself. This is something that many people don’t get a chance to do in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean you're lonely and a healthy dose of solitude has its benefits. Maybe you’ve learnt that you enjoy nature walks but don’t enjoy busy cities. Or perhaps you’ve realised that you want to move away or change jobs when you get home. Travelling solo could give you the perfect time to find clarity and really get to know your wants, needs and goals.