Last year, for me, was full of adventures and travels by myself and I honestly learned and grew so much from the experiences I had solo traveling. I’d love to tell you about some of the benefits, and why you yourself should step out of your comfort zone and give it a try!
You will most certainly discover yourself if you solo travel - you’re putting yourself in a situation you’ve never imagined, so you have no other choice but to grow! I have learned so much about myself from traveling all around Europe alone vs. being stuck to the cliche group trips. For instance, you may learn that you’re actually a great negotiator - when bartering with a local merchant you may have a friend or something there who would take charge in a situation such as this. Nope, you’re doing it yourself. You feel me on this? You’re forcing yourself into the unknown - going alone will reveal how you handle this unknown.
Step out of your comfort zones
The thought of the uncertainty that traveling alone brings is most definitely unsettling - I had those exact feels too. What if I get robbed? Kidnapped? Hurt? Well… all those things can happen in my home country or city as well, right??? I went to Portugal for my first solo trip, and people thought I was insane embarking on the adventure, but it’s something I had and wanted to do - to see what I could accomplish by myself. You literally force yourself into a situation where you’re going to have to ask for help, meet new people, learn phrases of the different language, learn to be aware of your surroundings. It all helps you grow as a person.
Meet new people
This is my ALL time favorite part of solo-traveling. I love meeting new faces in new places, it is honestly extremely refreshing to meet other travelers like you, or locals of the like. I have met SO many people along my travels, and a lot of those people are now friends for a lifetime. Whether it was partying in London, exploring the beaches of France, or getting loose in Ibiza or Ayia Napa - I met new people everywhere. In doing so, imagine how bomb your social skills are going to increase after making yourself meet new people! Because it gets lonely sometimes - who likes that?
Do your own thing
Another bomb reason right here. I hate having to follow a tour guide, go to other sights which I’m not interested in, or wake up super early and/or late because someone else wants to. I love my freedom, and doing whatever I want when I want when I am on a trip. It makes the trip so much more worth while for my contentment. Many times have I been with a group who wanted to be up at the crack of dawn to get a move on, and they will complain if you say any different - no tolerance for that. Do your own thing, enjoy your own trip - it’s better that way.
Not accountable for other’s happiness
Lastly, you’re not accountable for your group’s happiness on the trip. Because you told them to go ahead without you when you just wanted to sit and chill at the Airbnb or hostel - they’re all salty and upset with you; “he/she just sucks the fun from this whole trip” is all you’d hear the remainder of the trip. I’ve been there, but being alone alleviates this whole conflict.
Take the risk and solo travel somewhere this year! It’s daunting, yes I know, but you will love it I promise. Make sure you do your research and see any and all travel advisories for the places you’re going, be smart, be aware, and enjoy your time! Contact us with questions!