Top 5 Reasons to Travel Solo

Posted on by Sean Williamson

Perks of solo travelWhen you travel with loved ones, you build memories that will last forever and keep you bonded. This is always a good thing, but there’s a lot to be said for the pleasures of touring places alone too. The experience is completely unique, and usually leaves one a changed person. Read on to discover our top 5 reasons why everyone should travel by themselves at least once in their lives.

#1 - Sometimes it’s Just Much Simpler

The logistics of working out when everyone in a group can travel are not always easy. Then, when that is finally worked out, you have to consider the different budgets of everyone who’s going. What if you want to stay in a 5-star Bedouin tent, but your companions can only stretch to the nearby hostel? Or what if it’s the other way around? Add to that the fact that, depending on where it is you’re going, it could be difficult to find accommodation for everyone. If you’re by yourself, you don’t need to worry about any of that. You can vacation when it suits you and you alone, and can book into the places that you like and can afford.

#2 - You’ll be More Present

If you’re not travelling with people you know and focusing on their needs or whatever it is they’re doing, you’ll be able to stay in the moment more and you’ll probably seem more approachable too. This means you’ll see more of wherever it is you’re travelling to, and will have more conversations with locals and other fellow travellers. Meeting new people and connecting to your destination more completely are serious solo-travel perks, and often lifelong friendships are forged this way. Depending how involved you get and how much time you spend somewhere, you might even learn new languages.

#3 - Plans Can Be a Lot More FlexibleDoing your own thing while travelling

You don’t have to worry about how good of a time anyone else is having. If anything goes wrong, you only have your own disappointment to deal with, and you can also decide what you want to do at all times. If you’d planned a long walk somewhere but you feel like sitting by the pool drinking cocktails instead, or playing your favourite casino games online as you lounge in the sun, it’s not a problem. Being on vacation by yourself means you can be decadently indulgent every day.

#4 - Employers Like to See Solo Travel on Your Resumé

If you’ve gone through countries by yourself it shows you are curious, resourceful, adaptable and have had some interesting life experiences which have helped you grow. These are all things that businesses value in the people they hire, and that’s before you factor in any skills that you learn along the way. You might have been able to pick up a little local language that will come in useful, or some very specific ability that will set you apart in your new job.

Getting involved in local activities and trying new things#5 - You’ll Learn a Lot About Yourself

Travelling alone takes courage; foreign places are always intimidating, and can be doubly so if you’re by yourself. You’ll have to become a problem solver and think quickly on your feet, and successfully finding your way around and negotiating the local culture will make you feel more capable at managing life, something which should carry through when you get home. Depending on where you travel to, you’ll also be exposed to new ideas and have a lot of time to think and reflect in your own head and at your own pace. You can’t help but grow into a better version of yourself after travelling alone.

Sources:

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/9-reasons-why-you-should-travel-alone.html

https://www.smartertravel.com/2017/06/19/11-reasons-travel-alone-least/

https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/want-to-travel-alone/