According to The New York Times, solo travel is becoming more and more popular, especially among women. If you’re still uncertain about venturing out on your own, here are our top ten reasons why traveling solo is awesome and why you should definitely give it a try this year!
10. You Make Your Own Itinerary
Some folks believe that making your own itinerary is actually the best part of traveling solo. When traveling with friends, you always have to take into consideration their needs and desires, but when you’re going solo, your needs and desires is all that matters. Don’t feel guilty, go ahead and take that chocolate tour of Paris! Visit all the wineries your heart desires while in Tuscany! You’re in charge of your own schedule, in charge of your life and traveling solo will make you feel truly empowered.
9. You Get to Change Your Mind as Many Times as You Want to
Changing one’s mind is greatly underrated and even though it is considered by many to be a negative thing, we believe that when traveling, changing your mind is one of the best things you can do. What’s great about traveling alone is that you get to really pay attention to your instincts and whenever you feel that something doesn’t work for you, you can simply change your mind. You don’t need to convince anyone of anything! How else can you allow your heart and your mind to get behind the wheel from time to time?
8. You Learn More about Places and People
Whenever you’re traveling with friends or family, you focus much of your energy on maintaining a relationship with them and on communicating, but when traveling solo, you get to focus all of your energy into discovering new places and people and learning about them. With no interference from mom and dad or your friends, you can invest all your time and focus on discovering great new coffee shops, bars, museums or markets. The sky is the limit when traveling solo!
7. You Start to Appreciate the People in Your Life More
There is a saying that goes “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, but there’s also one that says “out of sight, out of mind! So which one is actually true? Well, both, actually! Anyone who has traveled alone will tell you that when it comes to missing the people you love, things can get pretty bad. But traveling solo has a way of putting things into perspective and can give you a certain clarity that you may not have while still at home. You’ll even find yourself missing people you didn’t think you would miss or perhaps not miss some people who you were certain you would miss. Life is strange that way, but thankfully we’ve got our travels to help us gain clarity.
6. You Learn to Be Less Fearful
Man or woman, child or adult, we all are fearful at certain times and solo traveling is just one of those things that can make anyone a bit uneasy. Even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes, the world is becoming a safer place, especially for solo travelers; and when you do travel alone, you become braver. During your travels, you will learn that there are things one needs to be afraid of (such as dark alleys in unsafe areas) and things that one should definitely not be afraid of.
5. You Become Better at Traveling
Traveling, just like any other thing, is something one can be good or bad at. The more you travel, the better you become at it, and when you travel alone, your skills and senses intensify to the point that you become a master traveler! Travel solo when you want to learn not just about yourself, places and people, but also about traveling in general and how to become better at it.
4. You Stay Within Your Budget
Another famous travel quote says that “you don’t need money to travel, you only need courage”, but we all know that is not today’s reality. Depending on where you live and where you want to go, traveling can be quite expensive, but it is so much easier to stick to a budget when you’re traveling alone! Peer pressure is real when you’re traveling in groups, but when you’re going solo, there’s no one to tempt you with a restaurant, a bazaar or a nice souvenir that you simply must buy your grandmother! In other words, solo traveling is great for your wallet!
3. You Learn to Enjoy Silence
Let’s face it, silence in this day and age doesn’t have a good reputation. So many of us consider silence embarrassing and even a sign of ignorance, but the truth is that silence truly is golden. When traveling solo, you get to spend plenty of time with yourself, your thoughts and the road ahead of you. You learn not just to appreciate silence, but to see its value and how it can make anyone just a little bit wiser!
2. You Make Friends More Easily
Have you ever noticed that when you travel with friends and family, you pretty much spend all your time with them, as if you’re still back home? When traveling solo, you are forced to reach out to people, to ask for directions, to interact with locals. All this communication increases your odds at making friends, which is one of the best byproducts of traveling!
1. You Grow and Evolve
Whenever you do something on your own, without much help from your family, friends or peers, you learn and grow as a human being, and subsequently, you become a better person. Traveling solo is the perfect way to grow, because you get to make all the choices, take all the decisions and live with all the consequences. You will probably learn more from a single outing on your own, than you will from years of travel with friends and family. Don’t be afraid to explore the world, but also your own soul! Choose to travel solo as much as possible!
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