The Unexpected Advantages of Traveling Alone
Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Often times, people use "I don't have anyone to travel with" as an excuse not to travel. This, however, is shutting them out from the joy that is traveling solo!
Certainly, solo travel has got a bad rap, but it is not all bad. In fact, it could be one of the most enriching experiences that you could ever give yourself. Let's take a peek into some of the positives that this experience has to offer:
You will get to know yourself better
There is nothing quite like traveling solo to discover just who you are as a person. When you're on your own in an entirely new place, you will have to rely solely on yourself (and perhaps the kindness of a passerby or two!). You will be faced with decisions that you will need to make, fears to overcome and discover just how much you are capable of.
You will also focus better and learn to enjoy the experience without any distractions.
Complete and utter freedom
Traveling solo gives you the opportunity to be completely on your own. You won't have to think about your boss or colleagues, your nagging (but well-meaning!) mom, or your friend who prefers taking things light and easy as opposed to always being on the go. Who knows, traveling solo might just be exactly what you need to unwind from it all.
On top of that, you will also learn to enjoy your own company.
Schedule-wise, you have the power
Imagine, the utter power you'd have when it comes to your itinerary. Without travel companions, you wouldn't have to consider someone else's likes or dislikes, their stamina, what they can or cannot eat, their budget, etc. Schedule-wise, traveling solo is a traveler's dream come true! You can start your day when you want, and end it whenever you want. There is no limitation to what you can do with your schedule.
Last minute changes are also a-OK.
It's easier to stick to your budget
If you've ever traveled with friends, then you might be familiar with a few of these scenarios. Do you know that moment when the check for dinner arrives, and you have to figure out how to split the bill six ways? And in the end, after taking into account of how many meals you'd all be having together, you'd just split the bill evenly--and end up paying for a part of your friend's salmon and wine, even though you yourself just had a simple mac and cheese.
Don't even get me started on getting caught up in the shopping hype when your pals start grabbing stuff off the shelves. When you travel solo, you won't have any of these grievances, and therefore be able to stick to your budget.
You'll make more friends
When you travel solo, you become more open to social experiences. This is especially true if you're the type to prefer staying at hostels. At hostels, there is an abundance of opportunities to make friends with foreigners and even traveling locals. Be it one of the people you're bunking with at the dorm, or that one person who started chatting with you in the common room, you could just end up with a lifelong friend.
As an added plus, you'll come away from your vacation more confident around people, and of course, find it easier to make friends.
You'll become a better traveler
The thing with traveling solo and having to rely solely on yourself is that you come out a better traveler from the experience. You'll know exactly what to do when it comes to hunting for flight tickets at bargain prices, the best way to search for accommodations, what to expect from hostels, where to get a local SIM card or a portable Wi-Fi, and so much more!
Soon enough, people will be coming to you for your travel experience, in hopes you'd impart pearls of wisdom to them.
Making reservations is a breeze
Ever tried to make reservations for five? Difficult, isn't it? How about a reservation for one? Much easier! This is especially true if the place you're trying to book seats at or tickets to happen to be one of the hottest places around. Getting a seat at a restaurant or a bar for yourself can be done with relative ease, and is rarely with any fuss present.
Similarly, securing a last minute ticket to a performance you'd like to attend is far easier when you're alone as opposed to trying to get tickets en masse.
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini