7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo
When you hit your late twenties, it suddenly becomes harder to schedule time to travel with your friends. Between work, family and other commitments, group trips can become an ordeal to plan. And then you are left with a vital question: Should I skip my much-needed vacation or just travel solo?
Many years ago, I faced this dilemma…and thankfully, I chose the latter option. Since then, solo traveling has become my preferred mode of exploring the world.
Here are seven reasons why:
1. Planning a trip is easy-peasy
When you don’t have to coordinate dates and schedules with others, trip planning can get real quick and easy. There’s no waiting around for people to clear their vacation time with their bosses or checking their bank accounts for available funds. Just book your flight and hotel and you are ready to go!
2. You set the agenda
Luxury or budget travel? Museums or hiking? Everyone has different travel preferences and when you travel solo, only yours matter. You’ll end up spending your time seeing the places you want to see and doing the things you want to do.
3. It can be easy on the wallet
If you are on a strict budget, traveling solo will ensure you never compromise your own spending habits for a travel partner’s more expensive taste.
4. You maintain the pace
Whether you pack you itinerary with hour by hour to-do’s or wing the schedule, you can go as fast or slow as you want.
5. You meet people
Sure, traveling solo can get lonely. But when you travel in a group, you often spend more time interacting with each other, and less time interacting with locals. Having a conversation with your taxi driver, tour guide or other people you may encounter on a trip can give you a deeper understanding of the local culture. Plus, you can strike a conversion with other solo travelers you meet on the trip and swap travel stories.
6. You get some “me time”
After stressing out at work or dealing with life crises, sometimes you need to just decompress. Traveling alone gives you the “me time” you need to let go of any worries.
7. You grow
Any trip has the potential to be life-changing. When you travel by yourself, you not only learn about the world around you, but also about yourself. You’ll gain the confidence to maneuver unfamiliar territory on your own. You’ll have the time to reflect on the sights you see and the activities you do. And you’ll get to know yourself much better.