If the mere idea of travelling somewhere on your own seems crazy to you, this blog might be for you! Even if you haven’t seen all your friends’ photos on Instagram and Facebook from their amazing solo trips, you’re probably aware that travelling alone is becoming a lot more popular. Most people think of solo travelling as going somewhere exotic and far away – backpacking through Europe or island-hopping in the Pacific. But if your budget (or your schedule) doesn’t allow for that, it’s just as easy and beneficial to travel solo a little closer to home.
- You can be flexible. Flexibility and adaptability are two of the most important skills to have when travelling, no matter where you’re going, but the more people you add to your travels, the less flexible you can be. When you’re on your own, you have complete control over your schedule, meaning that you can change your plans because you want to, without worrying about others in your group.
- You’ll be more decisive. But wait, didn’t I just say that one benefit of solo travel is that you can be flexible? Yep, and that’s definitely a benefit. But when you’re on your own, you’re the one making all the decisions. Where to go for dinner, which attractions to see, how to lay out your itinerary – you name it, you’ll be responsible for the decision. This is great practice if you’re the type of person who tends to be pretty indecisive.
- You’ll meet more people. This might seem strange at first, but by travelling solo you might actually find yourself getting to know more people during your trip. Think about it – you don’t have travel buddies or family to hang out with, so if you want some social interaction you’re going to have to meet new people. Besides – meeting locals is a great way to get to know your destination in a different way.
- You’ll have an easier time with tickets. When you’re travelling with other people, getting tickets for certain attractions or transportation can be tricky, especially if you’re doing your planning last minute. But even the most difficult tickets to get will be a lot easier if you’re just buying for one – that single seat left on the train or the one open spot on a guided tour.
- You’ll gain self-confidence. Even if the very thought of travelling solo doesn’t make you nervous, planning and then going on a trip on your own is a great confidence booster. Any time you have a problem, you won’t have anyone else to turn to immediately, so you’ll rely on yourself more and might find that you can do things and solve problems that you didn’t think you could before.
Of course, travelling alone isn’t all positive – solo travelers (especially women) do need to be a little more vigilant and keep an eye out while travelling. But as long as you’re smart and take precautions with regards to your safety and the security of your belongings, travelling alone can be a great learning experience that will provide you with many once-in-a-lifetime memories!