Last Updated on March 24, 2020
Traveling is always an amazing experience – you get to know new places, get in touch with a different culture and a different language, try out new foods and, usually, just have a blast. But we have a tendency to only plan vacations with other people, so have you ever considered traveling alone?
Or have you ever thought about the benefits of solo travel? Today we bring you eleven answers to the question “why travel solo?” and we hope this article motivates you to start planning your first (or next) solo travel experience!
1. You Will Be More Focused On The Destination
You can do research on the best places to travel solo, but the truth is that any place is good for solo traveling, because by being alone you will find yourself engaging more with your surroundings. Your attention will be undivided, and you will observe everything around you with much more detail, which will result in memories that are way more vivid because you truly experienced the place.
2. You’ll Engage More With The Locals
There is no magic trick on how to travel solo, but it makes it easier if you are an outgoing person. If you are alone, you are going to have to find your own way around town, and this means talking to the locals. When you are traveling with someone, you will both end up talking to each other a lot.
However, if you are traveling alone, you will have to search for human interaction, and who knows, you might end up making good and unexpected friends, or simply find a local that will give you a solo travel tour of the place.
3. You Will Only Have To Think For Yourself
Among the best solo travel destinations is the one that really matters – that is, the one that you want.
By traveling solo, you don’t have to share the decision-making process with anyone else, which means you can choose the destination, you can choose where to stay, what to do, and when to do it. And if you make a wrong choice, you won’t have to feel guilty about dragging everyone else with you.
4. You Can Always Change Your Plans
Again, by traveling with someone you are always dependent on what everyone else wants to do and to make time to accommodate everyone’s interests, you will probably have to skip a few of your preferred activities. But this won’t happen if you are alone – you can change your plan in the middle of the day and everything will be just fine.
5. You Have Financial Control
First, it is always easier to find cheaper solo travel deals, because you control the dates in which you want to travel and you can pick the cheapest fares. Second, if you want to splurge and get a bedroom facing the ocean, you can.
If you want to save and get a bunk bed in the cheapest hostel in town, you also can. You get to choose how to spend your money, and that goes for everything during the trip.
6. The Experience Will Be More Intense
The memories we create from traveling with family or friends are precious, but they are always a little biased.
When we travel alone, the experience intensifies in itself, allowing us to step in and out of our comfort zone as we see fit, and giving us the chance to experience everything through our own filter and through our own eyes. Those memories belong just to us, and that is also pretty special. So, tips for solo travelers – be unapologetic about feeling great when traveling alone.
7. You Can Walk To The Sound Of Your Own Drum
By traveling all by yourself, you won’t have to accommodate anyone’s schedule and you will be able to pace your vacation days the way you see fit.
If you like to always run around and explore everything, do it; if you want to take a lazy day and just chill, treat yourself. You are on your own, and there is nothing and no one stopping you from enjoying your traveling time the way you see fit.
8. You Will Become More Confident
By going on a solo adventure, you will end up discovering that the boundaries you sometimes set for yourself aren’t really there and that you are much more capable of everything than you ever thought you would be.
It can seem lonely and scary at first, but by the end, you will feel fierce for going on such an adventure with no one but yourself – and it might sound like a cliché, but sometimes we do need to get lost to find ourselves again.
9. You Have Endless Possibilities
Maybe before traveling on your own, you were stuck with the idea that you depended on people to go somewhere – and if you couldn’t find a company, you would simply not go and that would be final.
Traveling alone for the first time will give you the confidence to meet the whole world by yourself if needed – you will realize that you can be your best companion and that all you need is the will to go.
10. You Will Feel Some Unique Sensations
Imagine waking up by yourself in a new city – every single day you travel alone is going to feel like a blank canvas, and it is in your power to make it colorful and beautiful.
The feeling of being in charge of every waking minute of your day will be so rewarding that you will start wondering why you didn’t do this sooner.
11. You Can Go On A Journey Of Self-Discovery
We are often thought we need people in our lives to feel whole – and we do, humans are social creatures and no one likes to live alone. But how much of who we are is shaped by who is by our side?
And who are we when we are in a new place and can just do and be whoever we want? Maybe you will end up discovering how much you like dancing, and you never tried it because everyone at your hometown club knows you and would stare at you; maybe you will find out you are not that anxious after all, and that you can talk and ask questions and engage in hour-long conversations with strangers. Spending time by yourself is the best way to get to know the real you.
And you? Have you ever traveled solo? Do you have anything to add to this list? Let us know about your experience! Don’t forget to get travel insurance, and enjoy!