Solo travel is certainly to be recommended. Many people think this is something that is a lonely experience, but in actual fact, travelling on your own steam, without having to please anyone else, is one of the most valuable experiences you can have in life.
If you need a little bit of a pointer in the right direction, check out these four reasons why I believe you should be heading off on your own solo travel adventure at least once in your life.
Reason 1 – Solo travel is a huge confidence booster
You will probably be extremely nervous the first time you embark on your solo travel break. Whether you’re heading off backpacking, simply going on a package holiday, or not really having any plans, just going wherever you please, your first time travelling solo will be a bit nerve-wracking in the time leading up to it. Once you’re on your way however, you will understand just how addictive solo travel can be. The nerves will give way to a sense of achievement, you did it! You got on that plane on your own, you found that bus on your own, you made your way across that town on your own. These are all baby steps which make up a huge confidence boosting adventure, no matter how small or large.
You will return from your solo break feeling like you have achieved something, and that is a valuable thing to have done, regardless of where you went.
Reason 2 – You can be completely selfish for a change
The beauty of travelling on your own is that you can go wherever you want, without having to compromise to someone else’s needs too. If you go away with friends, you are always going to have to do something you didn’t really fancy, because you have to bend to someone else’s will at least once or twice during a break. If you head off solo however, you get to choose where you go, when, and how long for. Solo travel means you have the opportunity to be completely selfish and not feel bad about it, for probably the first time in your life.
Reason 3 – Solo travel is the biggest sense of freedom there is
Following on from the previous step, solo travel and its ability to allow you to go where you want, means you have a complete and utter sense of freedom. You can wake up in the morning and go where you want, the options are actually quite endless. If you want to spend hours walking around an art gallery, then do it, and if you want to sit and people watch for an hour or two, you’re free to please yourself. Freedom and travel go hand in hand, but when you do it alone, the sense of opportunity is doubled, and even tripled. How many times do you get that sense at other times in your life?
Reason 4 – You have the opportunity to meet new, like-minded people
You won’t be the only person travelling solo, and if you want to meet new people, who are all out doing the same thing as you, then this is the perfect opportunity. Staying in a hostel is a good way to do that, and if you don’t fancy the dormitory-style room, then you can stay in a private room and simply go down to the bar and see who you bump into. Sometimes a beautiful, new friendship starts with a brave ‘hello’.
Are you convinced yet?