SOLO TRAVEL - THE BENEFITS
These days we’re bombarded with work, constantly responding to others. Let’s face it, sometimes we just need some space. When you're on your own in a new place, you get the chance to really slow down. And embracing your own company is part of the experience.
For many people, solo travel isn’t even considered an option due to worries about it being boring, lonely and unsafe. And yet solo travel can actually be one of the most rewarding ways to travel! I have traveled both with friends and alone over the years but there are SO many benefits of traveling alone that I can’t help to occasionally get back to it.
You meet interesting people: When you travel with your friends or others, you usually stick to your own circle. When you travel solo you’ll meet other fellow travellers, and slowly leave your comfort zone and become more social and chat to the locals. You’ll make some really beautiful inspiring connections from all over the world.
You challenge yourself: If you’re in a tricky situation, you learn to trust yourself and problem solve on your own and come back feeling a more confident person. The experience of solo travel will challenge your limits and ability to cope with obstacles on the way which will make you a stronger person and help you grow as a traveller and human being. Solo travel helps you channel your courage especially during times of personal growth and change.
You can do whatever you want/whenever you want:
Although it’s great being in the company of our loved ones and friends while we travel, you get to choose where to go, when to wake up, how much to budget, everything.
We do compromise a lot when we travel with other people. So it’s okay to do something for yourself now and then when you want to nurture your own soul and refuel your individuality. Travelling solo - you get to choose the extra activities you want to do and plan your trip in a way that benefits you most.
You’ll get that creative inspiration:
Stuck on that creative project? Writing that book? Spark that new business plan?
Traveling solo gives you the space to fuel those creative desires without being tethered to the demands of others.
You will start to enjoy and appreciate your own company: You’ll learn the importance of “me time.”
You reflect on the experience better: Your reflections on the trip will make you realise all the things you learned on the road, the friendships you made, the choices you were faced with and the challenges you overcame.
Helps you clear your mind: You create much needed space over any major life decisions that you may need to make or have made.
You can rest/explore without feeling guilty:
Feeling exhausted from that long flight? Or from exploring a new city on foot? When you're travelling with others, the pressure to keep going can be huge, especially if you're in a group of people. When travelling alone, on the other hand, you can head back to your room and rest. Or vice versa, and explore as much as you want and create your own day as you go.
Just being on a trip on your own is a challenge in itself, but once you've booked it, once you've done it, you'll realize you can achieve anything you set your mind to.