The thought of traveling solo is daunting to some so I thought I’d put a short list together of 5 reasons to travel solo. Hopefully these can help you if you’re thinking about planning a trip you want to go on but none of your friends or family can go with you.
1. You get to know yourself better
When you travel alone you have to solely rely on yourself to figure things out. There is almost no better way to get to know who you are than having to fend for yourself in a different country. It brings out the best in you when you have no one else to guide you and makes you a stronger person.
2. You don’t have to wait for anyone
What a hassle it is at times to be ready to go and your friends aren’t. You have to wait around trying not to get angry because they are taking so long to get ready. When you travel solo you can adhere to your own schedule which gives you unlimited freedom.
3. You can make your own rules
What if you don’t want to go to a museum? Or have no interest in taking that tour? Usually when you travel with friends you have to acquiesce to their wishes at times and end up doing things you don’t really care for. When you travel alone you don’t have to worry about that at all. Your time, your rules.
4. You don’t have to feel guilty about what you can spend
Sometimes when you travel with other people their funds may be a little tighter than yours. When that happens you may feel guilty for wanting to eat in a nicer restaurant than they can afford so you wind up eating where they want. Or if you want to see a concert and they can’t afford it, what do you do? When you travel alone your money can be spend anyway you want and you do not have to waste time feeling guilty for the life you have chosen to live.
5. You will learn to live outside of your comfort zone
We all like to be comfortable and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you travel alone there are times where you will have to stretch your boundaries of comfort and that makes you grow in ways you can’t imagine. It may be scary to sit in a cafe alone or go to a museum or exhibit alone. It’s ok to be scared, you simply embrace the fear and do it anyway and more than likely you will see that afterwards you become a better person for it.