I took my first full solo trip in November 2016 and I’ve not looked back and continued to hop on flights alone. People always say ‘I don’t know how you do it’, ‘I could never travel alone’, ‘Don’t you get lonely?’ – which I understand but I genuinely believe everyone needs to experience a solo trip in their lifetime. So here are the reasons you should travel solo.
YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
Drake said it! You only live once and you should never live life thinking ‘what if’. Think about what is stopping you from going. Parents? Scared of being lonely? Should those things really hold you back from living you life? I think not.
YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT
THIS! While travelling in a group or with a partner is great, travelling solo is amazing! You can literally do whatever it is that you want and when you want.
Whether it is waking up later or waking up earlier, you are completely in charge of your itinerary and you’re able to do as you please and when you please. Also, you may travel somewhere with a friend and want to see all the museums the city has to offer, but they don’t . You can do that as solo traveller, when travelling with others you have to be really open to compromise.
Travelling solo you can be truly spontaneous and that’s what makes it all that much more exciting and interesting.
YOU ARE MORE UNLIKELY TO GET INTO CONFLICT WITH YOURSELF
While travelling with friends is so much fun and a great bonding experience, it can also cause turmoil in friendships. You may have an argument or a little disagreement, then feel awkward for the next couple of days. Obviously, you could kiss and make up within the hour; but travelling so, this is never a concern.
YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY GOING TO BE SOLO
All my solo travel trips, I have met the most incredible people. When I was in Rome in November 2016, I met the loveliest Cuban guy and we stayed in contact. So when I headed to Cuba in November 2017, I paid him a visit. It was also super handy because he helped me avoid being completely ripped off by tourist prices – haha.
There are so many different places that you can meet people when you are travelling solo. Whether its other travellers or locals – read my post on how to meet people when travelling solo. In most places locals are super friendly and happy to help you with anything.
YOU’LL GROW AS A PERSON
The biggest and most important reason to me, is because you’ll grow as a person. Travelling solo takes you completely out of your comfort zone, no matter how many times you do it. You’re in a whole new environment, surrounded by a new and different culture and you’re on your own. You’ve got to fend for yourself, enjoy your own company, navigate around – all which you may do at home but it’s completely different in a foreign country.
I’m not saying that you’ll be a new human being, but with every trip you take you’ll find growth in yourself. Travelling solo takes courage and I believe it’s genuinely a great achievement.
There you have it. 5 reasons you should travel solo. Just a heads up, you don’t have to go across the world to travel solo. Maybe start with another city or a country on an hour flight way. Would love to hear your thoughts and comments (:
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