These days, more and more people are choosing to take holidays alone. Let’s face it; there’s nothing quite like the thrill of discovering a brand-new place and enjoying it without interruption from anyone else.
Travelling solo has many benefits, as those who have done it (including me) will tell you.
In this article, I’ll share with you some of the perks of being a solo traveller.
1 – You can please yourself!
Now, ordinarily, selfishness is not a desirable quality. However, only having yourself to think of can be a good thing when it comes to travelling.
Taking trips with other people means that you often have to fall in with them, and that can mean missing out on what you would love to do in an effort to compromise.
So, if you prefer to spend a whole day hiking in the wilderness followed by a peaceful evening in front of a campfire, rather than enduring a day trudging around touristy shops and eating overpriced food in a busy city café, go right ahead! Or maybe you’d prefer the letter? Again, just do it!
If you’re on your own, you only have yourself to please.
2 – You meet new people
If you’re travelling in a party, you tend to stick together and spend most of the time in each other’s company.
However, travelling alone means that you’re more likely to chat with other travellers and locals and make new friends.
3 – You can enjoy guilt-free chill-out time
Sometimes, it’s great just to kick back and unwind. But if you’re travelling in the company of others, it’s not so easy to do that.
You may feel that you have to make conversation, even when you don’t want to.
Travelling alone enables you to enjoy some precious chill-out time without feeling guilty that you’re antisocial.
4 – You can embrace new challenges
There’s comfort in travelling in a group. When something unexpected crops up, you can deal with it as a collective. When you’re on your own, it’s up to you to step up and accept the challenge, and that can be an incredibly liberating experience.
It’s amazing how strong and independent you are when you need to be! This is also great for improving your self-confidence.
5 – You feel less stressed
Spending time with other people can be pretty stressful, especially if there are group dynamics and petty politics to cope with.
When you’re alone, you won’t have any of that drama to deal with, leaving you feeling less stressed and much more relaxed.
6 – You can learn a new language
If you’re travelling solo abroad, you can take the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, including learning the language.
When you’re with others, it’s often too tempting to allow your companions to grapple with the phrasebook and translate for the collective. If you’re on your own, you have to dive into conversation with the locals and sink or swim!
7 – You can stay on budget
If you are a budget traveller, it’s much easier for you to stick to that budget when you are travelling solo.
You can eat where you want and spend money only visiting attractions that you want to see. When travelling with others you can feel obligated to pay for activities and fancy restaurants that you wouldn’t ordinarily do on your own.
8 – You notice more
When you’re in the company of others, you are easily distracted by conversation. When you’re alone, you don’t have that constant chatter to bother you, leaving you free to notice more of your surroundings.
9 – Meet the locals
When travelling in a group you spend most of your time going from one tourist attraction to the next. However = traveling solo allows you to get to know some of the locals and immerse yourself in their culture and traditions.
10 – You can explore at your own speed
If you travel alone, you can take things at your own pace. You only have yourself to please, and you don’t need to worry about what others want to do.
11- You don’t have rows!
Sometimes, travelling with a partner can be a recipe for disaster! Most of us have taken a much-anticipated holiday with our other half, only to have the whole experience ruined by petty disagreements and rows.
When you travel alone, there’s no danger of falling out with yourself! And you won’t have to photoshop your ex-partner out of your holiday snaps when you get home either!
12 – You can go to more places!
The biggest advantage of travelling solo is that you have the opportunity to go to more places. You’re not waiting on anyone else to confirm and you’re not having to sync up your calendars. You just need to book it and go!
As the famous saying goes…
“If I waited for other people, I’d never go anywhere.”
To wrap things up
When you consider all the plus points to travelling solo, it’s difficult to see why anyone would want to go on holiday with a group of people.
I much prefer to take trips on my own for all of the reasons mentioned above. What do you think? Do you like to journey alone, or does the idea of solo travel fill you with dread?
Share your thoughts on solo travel in the comments box below!
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