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5 reasons to travel solo

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.

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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.

 

Have you traveled alone? Would you add anything to this list? 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.

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  1. I travel alone 98.6% of the time.
    Sometimes I’ll meet people I know at the destination and maybe we’ll connect for a meal or an event, however, solo travel is most rewarding for me. I love meeting NEW people!

    Recently, I was on one of those get-on-the-bus, get-off-the-bus, hurry-up-and-wait-trips. I nearly exploded!
    Traveling with people that have conflicting agendas and levels of comfort with uncertainty is extremely uncomfortable to me..

    Traveling solo allows me to EMBRACE vulnerability.
    I’ll approach a stranger with a query when I’m solo. Invariably enriched by their response.
    Strangers are less intimidated by a soloist.
    Inside a posse, people generally speculate based on their own experiences and so many times are just plain incorrect in their assessment of a situation.

    I am LUCKIER on my own.
    For example, on a visit to Havana last month, I had it fixed in my mind that I wanted to visit Fabrica de Arte. I had no idea where it was or how I would get there or when. On a lark, I ducked into a a little cafe for tea. After an hour or so of whiling away the afternoon, a Norwegian guy struck up a conversation with me. After exchanging a few pleasantries, he invited me to sit with him and his European entourage. Long story short, I mentioned that Fabrica de Arte was on my agenda. No sooner than the words escaped my lips, all five people turned to smile at the one Cuban lady at the head of the table. Turns out her brother OWNED Fabrica de Arte! Turns out, she was a Cuban pop-star! In short order, I was offered VIP access to Fabrica de Arte and found it to be MORE incredible than I expected!
    Opportunities like that happen less often when you’re in group, closed off from the beauty all around you.

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