Do you have a wanderlust that your family and friends just don’t share? It’s okay, you can always travel alone.
We know, it might seem scary at first to drift into a new place unattended, but there are some surprising benefits that come from it. Here are 7 reasons why you should consider solo travel.
1. No Schedules
The hardest part of planning anything is finding a time when everyone in your group is free. Everyone has hectic work schedules and it’s hard for multiple people to get the time off.
When everyone does get the time off and you go with them, you may be rushed from place to place at a pace that you don’t want. Especially if you’re the type that likes to take in the scenery.
When you’re alone you get to wake up when you want, move around at a pace that you want, and go to bed when you want.
2. You’re In Control Of What You Do
Chances are everyone in your group will have different ideas of fun. You could really want to go to a museum but face the nightmare of being the only interested in going.
When you travel alone, you don’t have to face this nightmare. You want to go to a museum? You go to that museum. The only limit is the cash in your bank account.
3. You’ll Get To Have “Me Time”
When you travel alone, you get the opportunity to get a little me time in. Even if you’re not the type to turn off your phone when you travel, the time spent driving alone will give you time to reflect on yourself.
It might seem a little boring now, to be by yourself but you will learn so much about yourself that you didn’t know before. New interests will pop up that you didn’t know you had before.
When you take the time to be by yourself and reflect, you come up with new solutions to problems you have back home. “Me time” is great. We highly recommend it.
4. There’s An Opportunity To Meet New People
When you’re by yourself you have a chance to be among the locals. You won’t get the chance to be lonely if you choose the right places to be.
Research lively places where you can go and meet new people. Another option is to set up tours to museums and other attractions. You have the opportunity to meet up with a lot of other people who share your interests.
Use that solo traveler magic. To most locals, when you’re alone you’re more approachable and interesting. You have stories to tell, do so. Do all this, and who knows, your life could become a Disney Channel original movie and you could find love on your trip.
5. You Make Your Budget
Everyone in your group is going to have a different idea about what too expensive means. Your idea of a reasonable deal could be a deal breaker for someone else.
Traveling alone means you get to make your own budget. If you want to spring for that nice hotel, then treat yourself. You work hard for your money, after all, you deserve it.
This doesn’t end at the hotel either. You could want to go to a nice aquarium for example, but someone in the group could decide that the ticket prices are too outrageous, so you miss out. When you make your budget you can pay for those tickets if you want. Same goes for dining and other expenses.
The reverse of this can be true too. You could be a little cheaper than some of your companions and therefore end up spending money that you don’t want to spend.
Either way, an argument over budget is bound to occur.
6. It Challenges Your Fears
Venturing out of your hometown by yourself can be terrifying at first. Traveling alone is a new adventure, and you’re truly going into the unknown. That might make some a little uncomfortable.
You’ll always have that little voice in your head that’s screaming “What if something goes wrong!” Burry that little voice deeply. If you don’t you will either A. Chicken out of going because you’re scared, or B. Not be able to have fun because of fear.
Common sense is what you have to have when you’re traveling alone. Chances are if you’re wandering around, looking unsure and terrified you’re more likely to put yourself in danger. It’s all about body language. Even if you don’t know where you’re going, walk with confidence and pretend that you do.
If you learn to let go of fear, your trip will be so much more fun, and you will be more likely to do it again.
7. It Might Make Your Trip More Meaningful
When you travel by yourself, the trip becomes more about your experiences rather than the experiences you share with everyone else.
If your idea of a meaningful trip is those shared experiences with your friends or whoever tags along than that’s okay. Traveling alone, however, allows you to truly experience the locals and the place without any distractions.
8. Consider Traveling Alone
Traveling alone allows you to really take control over your trip. You can really connect with the area and its people. You can take in the scenery, do whatever you want, eat whatever you want without having to answer to anyone.
If you take the trip alone, you will be able to reconnect with yourself and learn more about you.
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