Have you always dreamed of going on an adventure abroad? Some people mistakenly think that they have to include friends or family members in their international plans but this is not the case at all.
Each year, countless people embark on their trip alone and have a great time doing so while finding out just how beneficial solo travel can be.
1. No Compromising Necessary
When traveling with other people, you will have to do a fair amount of compromising. This means that you may not be able to do the things you want to do while in a new city. Instead of missing out on the sights you are interested in, you can travel alone and by doing so you will be in charge of your own destiny.
Taking some time to research the various places of interest in the area you will be traveling in will make it much easier to plan your itinerary. You can do whatever you want, when you want and where you want! You don’t have to compromise with your friends’ wishes. If you get fed up with being in one city, you can continue on to the next.
You will definitely meet people along the way in hostels or going out and your flexibility can take you wherever they are going. It’s a great feeling!
2. Learning About Yourself
You’re probably telling yourself, “I already know myself”. But the truth of the matter is that most people think they know themselves but don’t. How many activities do you do alone? Have you ever been to the movies alone? Or skiing alone? Or to a restaurant alone?
The answer is often no for most of us. That would be because most people are afraid of being alone. That being said, the best way to know yourself is to actually spend time with you! What better way to spend time with yourself than on vacation?
One of the biggest benefits that come along with traveling on your own is the opportunity it will provide you to discover yourself. Many people get so used to familiar surroundings that they forget all about what it is like to have an adventure.
When put into the unfamiliar surroundings of another country, you will be amazed at what you learn about yourself and how resilient you can become.
3. Overcoming Your Fears
Traveling alone involves overcoming personal fears you may have. When you’re traveling with a friend, you will naturally feel more comfortable than if you were traveling alone.
Of course, if going 100% alone is still a bit daunting, consider joining a group tour, which gives you the opportunity to travel solo, but join a group of other solo travelers on the same pre-organized trip.
Take the opportunity to overcome those fears of yours! Conquering the fear of being alone, of the unknown, or of meeting new people is part of the experience.
4. Meeting New People
When traveling solo, you will also have the opportunity to meet a variety of new people. Being open to forging new friendships is essential when trying to have a successful travel experience. The best way to find out about the hidden gems in an area is by hanging out with the locals. Often, you will be able to make friendships that will last a lifetime.
You will without a doubt meet way more people than if you were traveling with a companion. When traveling solo, you don’t have a choice but to make that extra effort to meet people. Whereas when you travel with friends, you’re not really looking to meet a bunch of new friends because you already have company.
When alone, you may even talk to people you normally don’t talk to or go out with people who may not be your usual crowd. But you know what? You learn to appreciate diversity and it obviously expands your horizons, as well as your knowledge about different people and cultures. The best part of it all is having friends all over the world to visit.
5. Mingling with Locals
Let’s face it. You are way more flexible when traveling alone. Locals notice solo travelers and it’s not unusual to have more opportunities to spend time with locals.
Getting away from tourists is never a bad thing! And spending time with locals allows you to really experience the culture and learn about the people of that region. Most solo backpackers have these similar experiences.
”This allows you to get a better understanding of the culture and the people. It can also be a great way to make new friends and learn about new things.” according to Ganga Thapa of Nepal Hiking Team. “By talking to the locals, you may also get some great tips on things to see and do in the area.”
6. Saving Money
If you have ever traveled with a large group, then you know all too well how expensive it can be. For people who are working on a shoestring budget, traveling alone is a great way to save a lot of money.
Taking advantage of things like hostels or even bed and breakfast establishments will help you save money on accommodations. Staying at places that allow you to cook your own food will also save you a lot of money on eating out.
Picking a good place to eat with friends can sometimes be arduous and expensive, but when it’s just you, you can opt for a cheap bite whenever necessary.
So What’s Stopping You?
You need to make up your mind before you leave for your trip that meeting new people and trying new things is something you definitely want to do. By having the “just say yes” mindset, you will have no problem making memories that will last a lifetime.
So what’s stopping you from traveling alone? Be aware of your fears and just take the jump… book your next trip alone! You shouldn’t worry about being alone because you most probably won’t be spending much time alone.
Hostels are the best place to stay to meet other backpackers or semi-backpackers. Most importantly, have fun!
Have you ever traveled alone? Would you recommend it?