Traveling solo is a great experience, but the idea makes a lot of people nervous. And it is true that traveling alone, especially overseas, is different from traveling with a group, or even a partner. But there are great reasons to do it.
2. Planning is so much simpler
Imagine planning a trip where you get to pick the travel days without having to get approval from other people, a trip without having to coordinate flights, a trip that doesn’t involve waiting for people to pay you back.
Travel solo and you can have all of that.
2. Easier to stick to your budget
We all have that friend that spends money as soon as he or she gets it and doesn’t mind whipping out a
credit card.Those kinds of people make it very hard to stick to a budget.
Traveling solo means you get to decide how much you spend without having to splurge on extras because your friend only wants to stay at a 4-star hotel.
3. Easier to be spontaneous
It’s hard to be spontaneous when traveling with other people.You have to plan your itinerary very carefully to keep everyone happy.
If you’re traveling alone, you don’t have to worry about that, you can change your plans at the drop of a hat with no trouble.
4. Get to do what you want
This may be the best part of traveling solo; you only do what you want when you want.No trying to keep people happy by scheduling shopping trips you aren’t interested in or hiking you don’t want to do.
5. No need to be up at the crack of dawn/out till dawn (unless you want to)
Continuing the above point, when you’re traveling solo you can begin and end your day whenever you want to.
6. You’ll meet new people
The funny thing about traveling alone is that you’re much more likely to meet new people.Groups are
intimidating and they’re usually self-contained.But when you’re alone you have to talk to strangers.
7. You’ll become more aware
It’s relatively easy to move around without really paying attention, especially in a group.It’s always assumed that someone else is paying attention.
When you’re alone you can’t do that. It forces you to become aware of your surroundings and actively engage with them, which is actually a good thing, especially when you travel.
8. You’ll become more self-aware
So what’s the difference between this and point 7?Point 7 is about being aware of what’s going on around you. This is about being aware of yourself.
When you travel solo you really do become more conscious of who you are and how you respond to different situations.
9. You’ll become (more) self-reliant
When traveling with a group it’s easy to rely on someone else to get things done.When traveling solo it’s all on you.I became an expert planner on my first solo vacation because I had to, and this has been a great advantage in my regular life. You will too.