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10 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

Although it’s great to spend vacations seeing the world with your family, friends, or your booyfriend or husband, traveling alone can also be completely incredible. It doesn’t matter if its a trip to a nearby city or travelling across a country for a month. I  have to admit, it be quite daunting but think of it this way: you have a limited amount of time and money to spend on travel, so why not customize it to your preference so that you can maximize your satisfaction? If that’s not enough to convince you, here are 10 reasons why you should consider solo travel.

1. You become more open-minded.

If you live your life being closed off to new ideas you will stagnate in society. Open-mindedness help people grow because it opens you up to new possibilities, people, and outcomes. It will allow you to grow your own beliefs, emotions, and interactions in a positive way. You become more inclined to take part in things that you might not have before.  You become more adventurous.

2. It’s easier to make it happen and actually get moving.

There’s nothing more disheartening than plans that don’t push through. Sometimes this happens when we plan trips with other people. Something just come up last minute and you’re left with no choice but to reschedule or had a change in plans.

3. You become more independent.

When you are in a new place you are forced to make decisions for yourself. From decisions as small as where to have breakfast to figuring out if you want to go scuba diving. You are also forced to figure out how to get to your destination safely. You are your own responsibility.

4. You are the master of your itinerary.

Being with other people may result to having so many options and whole lot of confusion. Everyone has their own opinions, tastes and preferences. You might want to go hiking up a mountain, others in a group might not. Traveling solo you can do whatever you want whenever you want no permission or compromise needed. You do you. Whatever you plan to do will definitely happen. Also, when you travel solo, you have the freedom to investigate your intrigue. You get to travel at your own pace.

5. You develop better communication skills.

Even if you’re the most extroverted person in the world, at some point you will feel anxious when approaching people that you do not know. You’ll want to talk to that stanger on the bus or that surfer who caught that awesome wave. Besides, it’s the locals in a destination who know the best places to eat or the best spot to catch a sunset.

6. You meet really awesome people.

Traveling on your own can be scary. Will you be lonely and miserable the whole time? Only if you want to be. Interacting with strangers wherever you go means you’ll hear a lot of fascinating stories that you wouldn’t have heard if you took company with you because tendency is you’ll stick with them most of the time.

7. You will be able to pick up basics of language easily as you travel.

For someone who loves learning new languages or dialects, this is my favorite part of traveling. Being able to read a sign or ask someone directions can turn a near-disaster into a fun travel experience. You become more culturally aware of the world around you. And for me, communicating in someone’s own language opens the door to a genuine interaction, and ideally, a genuine connection.

8. Finding comfort in being uncomfortable. 

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you live in an invisible box. It’s also known as your comfort zone and your life is limited by it. Staying inside your comfort zone sounds like a logical thing to do. That’s why we don’t even question it. We create the zone and do our best to stay in it. Your opinions don’t get challenged, you’re not exposed to new things but you’ll be surprised that what you’ll find outside of your comfort zone often tends to be what you’re currently missing in your life.

9. You learn to live with less.

I am talking about what you bring on your trips and your budget. Once you opt to pack light your life on the road becomes easier. It lets you move freely at airports, on public transport, in crowds and on rough and hilly terrain. Don’t be tempted to get a case that’s slightly too big because you will fill that space with unnecessary items – it’s why I always travel with my backback. It will force you to narrow your items down to the essentials. You’ll be a happier traveler than those who saddle themselves with their entire wardrobe.

You’ve worked hard, saved every cent you could and now you’re all set to explore the world. The “anything goes” spirit that is so intoxicating during a trip can turn a little… toxic afterwards (when you see your credit card bills) this is why you need to set a budget. Carry a notepad or install an app that will help you track of your expences. It will be almost impossible to stick with your budget when you don’t write it down. When going to your destination, why not try to catch the public transportation? Not only are they really cheap compared to taxis or tourist buses, but they can be very entertaining. And for the food? Skip the touristy restaurants and follow the locals to places where you can find authentic local cuisine at a great value. It’s fun to try new things and you’ll have a good travel story to share when you get home.

10. Your experience will be more meaningful.

These experiences conquer you and shape up your personality. Instead of just taking a look, I enjoy and meet locals and experience a place through them instead of just hitting up tourist sites. Travelling always opens up a different world to you. You learn about various cuisines, cultures, habits and meet different people. It adds to your self-development and you get to learn way more than any class will ever teach you. Among all these you discover a new you too. Some hidden talents and habits that you never knew may emerge and make you wonder if you really had it till now.


24 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

  1. I have traveled alone a lot — mainly because I am an only child and I didn’t get married until 34. I didn’t travel much with boyfriends until I met my now husband. Because of that I have met a lot of people on my own. Good post!

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  2. One of my first posts when I started my blog was about traveling alone. My first alone vacation was to Italy. I had never traveled alone and never to another country. I don’t even like flying LOL It was an amazing and empowering trip and I loved every minute of it!

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  3. It is freeing to travel on your own, you can pick your own times and make your own decisions. Find your own way in places outside your comfort zone. But I definitely prefer to experience travel, with my family, to me it is the best bonding time, away from everything at home and just being in the moment together.

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  4. I traveled alone in Europe one summer and found it to be a very different experience than going along with my husband. I am glad I did it, but found that I missed the company of someone to share a look with or laugh about something we saw earlier in the day. But, I do agree with you: I think any traveler worth their salt should get a solo trip in at least once.

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  5. What a great list! This is so so true, especially number 4! I remember traveling with a bunch of friends and yes there was a lot of confusion. Like, one would want to start the day early so that we could go to more places, while the others wanted a slower pace. One wanted more culinary experiences, while the other was more into shopping. Jeez!

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  6. Traveling alone is so empowering, accomplishing things solo can be so rewarding. I do it all the time and learn new things each time.

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  7. I would love to travel solo! My husband and I do not agree on much when it comes to travel. but he is in a wheelchair and does not like crowds. I want museums and old architecture. He wants to try all the restaurants lol

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  8. Love this! I always enjoy doing things on my own and some people think it’s crazy. You really get to experience things in a totally different way when you’re alone. I know I always appreciate things more and notice things that I otherwise wouldn’t if I was with other people.

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  9. I really like your idea. Personally I don’t think I would be able to do it. I would have too much anxiety leaving my family for a lengthy time. I do understand the importance though.

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  10. I’ve gone on a couple of solo trips. I call the “solo-moons”. I really enjoy the freedom of traveling by myself. I love meeting new people and traveling alone definitely allows me to do so. I love it!

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