Travelling abroad is a great experience, but sometimes it’s hard to organize a trip with friends or your significant other. All parties have to agree on a destination, a budget, and a time. Sometimes, everyone’s preferences and availabilities don’t always match up. So instead of waiting for the stars to align, why not go by yourself? Here are our top 4 reasons to travel alone:
Connect more with locals and other travellers
Without someone there with you, you are more likely to engage in conversations with those around you. If you are normally a shy person, it is a good way to break out of your shell. All solo travellers have at least one thing in common: they are alone. Not only is it an opportunity to make a new friend, but you might also learn more about the place you are visiting that isn’t necessarily in the guide book. Don’t underestimate the enthusiasm of locals who are eager to share knowledge of their country and culture with anyone who’s curious enough to ask.
Live more spontaneously
Most of us live on a pretty regimented schedule in our day-to-day lives back home. When you’re on your own you can plan or not plan your day, or change it at any moment without disappointing anyone. The opportunity to live totally in the present and without obligation can be quite liberating. The best part of it it is that you only do what you want!
Learning how to be alone is a strength in and of itself. Going solo offers a sense of accomplishment. With only yourself to rely on, you might discover that you’re better at navigating and directions than you thought, or you got over your fear of dining alone at a restaurant. Whatever the case, being completely self-reliant and coming out successful will be a huge boost to your self esteem and will inspire you to be more proactive when you return home.
Get to know yourself
You can be your true self while you’re travelling alone because no one is there to influence your behavior or remind you of who you are back home. It can be an opportunity for self-reflection; a time to contemplate the good things in your life and the things that you’d like to change. Getting out of your comfort zone gives you room for growth. You learn to trust your instincts and maybe answer some deep questions you’ve been pondering.
Most people who have travelled alone will tell you that it can be an extremely rewarding experience. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and meet new people, find yourself, and think about what you truly want out of life.