Traveling with friends and family is fun, but it can also be frustrating as you have to make sure everyone’s needs are taken into account.
Traveling solo, on the other hand, is a whole different ball game. While you’ll have nobody to watch your bags when you go to the toilet and will have to perfect the art of the selfie if you want to have photos of yourself, you’ll also discover the freedom and independence of going it alone.
Here are five reasons you should travel solo.
You enjoy greater freedom
Traveling in a pair or a group can be enjoyable, but it can also be stressful, especially if you are an introvert or traveling with inflexible or needy people. When traveling with others, you need to ensure that everyone’s needs are being met. For instance, if you are not a morning person but are traveling with people who wake up early, you might have to force yourself out of bed earlier than you would like. As a solo traveler, you also have complete control over how much money to spend and what to see and do, which can be incredibly liberating.
You interact more with locals and fellow travelers
People who have never traveled alone might think that it is lonely and sad to not have anybody to share your joy with. But seasoned solo travelers know that’s not at all the case. When you travel alone, you are much more likely to interact with locals and fellow travelers. Conversely, when you are traveling in a group, your interactions tend to be limited to your travel companions.
You play a more active role in making your trip happen
You can make great memories no matter whom you travel with. But when you travel alone, your travel memories tend to be much more vivid, as you are able to fully immerse yourself in your surroundings, and are also required to do your own planning and navigation and make your own decisions. While it can be nice to leave the travel planning to a travel companion, taking a more active role in your trip makes it much more memorable.
You enjoy alone time
If you are an introvert, traveling with others can be a tiring experience as you are forced to be around other people 24/7, leaving you more drained than refreshed by the end of your trip. When you travel alone, you get to enjoy as much alone time as you need. If you don’t feel like interacting with anyone, you don’t have to.
You get a confidence boost and learn more about yourself
While traveling solo can be difficult at times, it is also very empowering and, having successfully completed a solo trip, you receive a big confidence boost. Relying on others when you travel can start to become a crutch, and it is easy to feel like you are not tough or street-smart enough to travel on your own. When you travel solo, you not only discover how empowering self-reliance can be, but you also learn about yourself in the process—your likes and dislikes, the way you relate to the world and what you want out of life become much clearer when you get out there and engage with your surroundings.
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