There are so many benefits to traveling solo, and you’ll understand why once you’ve done it for yourself. Here are the top ten reasons why you should travel solo, and why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make! If you’re ready to travel solo and make your first trip out of the country, check out these tips on how to prepare before you go, as well as some great places that are perfect for your first solo trip abroad.
1) You’re in control
Traveling alone is one of the most liberating experiences a person can have. You’re in control of your adventure, and there will be no complaining about where to eat or where to stay when you’re at your wit’s end. Plus, a lot of people who travel solo report that they learn more about themselves than they do about their destination.
2) You can go at your own pace
One of the most important things about traveling solo is that you can go at your own pace. No one will be waiting for you, no one will be judging your pace, and no one will be complaining about how fast or slow you are going. You are free to take in everything as much as possible without feeling like someone is looking over your shoulder.
3) You can be spontaneous
When you’re traveling solo, there are no worries about if your friend wants to go see a certain museum, or if they want to eat at a certain place. You can do what YOU want. Plus, when we’re traveling with friends, sometimes we have that sense of responsibility to them and don’t want to go explore on our own because we don’t want them to think we are being selfish by exploring on our own and not joining in with their plans. When you’re alone, this isn’t an issue!
4) You’ll meet new people
Traveling alone allows you to have a more personal experience with a destination. You can go where you want and do what you want without having to worry about someone else’s schedule or opinions. You will meet new people by taking public transportation, eating out, checking in at hotels, etc. Plus, there is no better way to get to know yourself than being far away from home for an extended period of time.
5) You’ll learn more about yourself
Traveling solo will teach you more about yourself than any other experience in life. It opens your eyes to new cultures, new people, and a whole new world. You’re forced to be independent and rely on yourself, which is empowering. And there’s no better way to learn how to be confident in who you are and what you have to offer than by traveling alone.
6) You’ll have time to reflect
It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of life that we forget to take time to reflect. The world is a big place, and there are many people out there who have yet to experience what you have seen. By going on your own adventure, you will be able to reflect on your experiences and truly enjoy them for what they are. You will also never forget them because when someone asks about your trip years later, you won’t need anyone else’s memories but your own.
7) You can please yourself
The number one reason that I would recommend to anyone considering a solo trip is that you can please yourself. You don’t have to do what anyone else wants, and you can choose when, where, and how long of a trip to take. If your friends want to go out but you want to stay in and watch a movie then go for it! No one else has any say about what you do with your own time.
8) You’ll have stories to tell
If you’re sitting in your room right now, feeling bored and uninspired, just know that there are people all around the world who would give anything to be able to call their room home. And even if you don’t feel like doing much at home, imagine how much more exciting things will be when you go someplace new. You’ll have stories to tell for years to come and a new perspective on life that no one else can share with you.
9) You’ll be more independent
There are many benefits to traveling alone. You’ll have more independence, get to do what YOU want, and not feel like a burden on other people. Plus, there are tons of interesting people just waiting for someone to talk to them about their life! Don’t be afraid of your own company – embrace it!
10) You’ll grow as a person
- You’ll grow as a person. A lot of people feel like they can’t be their true selves when they’re with a friend or family member because they’re always putting on this front for everyone else. When you go on your own, you can really be yourself and not have to worry about what other people think of you.
- You’ll learn more about yourself and discover new passions.