So you’re thinking about taking a solo trip to another city, another country, but you’re scared and unsure? I was scared my first time too. Extremely scared. I had never travelled to a different country alone before, or navigated my way through airports on my own. But I’ve learnt a lot since that first time and decided to make a list on the seven advantages of travelling solo.
7 Advantages of Travelling Solo
1. Get to know yourself
When you are surrounded by people all the time, we tend to forget to think for ourselves. We follow trends and follow what everyone else is doing. When you are out traveling on your own, you’ll discover what you like and what you don’t like. What scares you and what excites you. You’ll have the freedom to think for yourself, to decide for yourself. It’s liberating and there’s nothing quite like the independence.
Only once you’ve travelled alone, you’ll know the importance of ‘me’ time. You’ll learn to appreciate your own company. And you might even start to enjoy it. You also need it if you want to get to know yourself [intimately]. It’s rare when we can sit down, and just be. Be alone with our thoughts, be alone with ourselves. We often take it for granted, but it’s needed for our well-being, and well, our sanity.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
Travelling solo will always get you out of your comfort zone. Lost? You’ve gotta ask for directions. Confused? You’ve gotta look for help. If you’re the shy, quiet type (like me), you’ll hate having to speak to strangers or be in situations where you need to ask for help and make yourself vulnerable to the unknown. But that’s exactly what travelling solo does. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone, to ask, to explore, to make friends.
It’s a tough thing to deal with in the beginning, especially when things like this make you anxious. But the more you do it, the more you get used to it. You might even [enjoy] it. The feeling of accomplishing something by yourself really is a a reward on its own.
It’s easier to keep up with your budget when it’s only you. You’ll only have to purchase one plane ticket, single accommodation, meals and activities for one. You’re in charge of the budget. You decide what you’re eating and what you’re spending. It’s also easier to save up for other things – to see a different part of the country, to book an adventure.
If you are looking for budget-friendly ways to travel, check out my post on 31 Genius Ways to Travel on a Budget. And if you are looking for a list of budget-friendly countries, check out my post on 30 Budget-Friendly Travel Destinations.
4. You decide
Wanna have pizza for breakfast? Do it. Cereal for dinner? Do it. You don’t need to ask anybody else for permission. You’re the boss. You’re the one deciding where you want to eat, where and how you want to spend your time, and everything else too. You plan your itinerary. You don’t have to consult with any other people to hear about what they want to do. It’s all up to you.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming doing everything by yourself, especially when you’re not used to being the one making the decisions. When you’re used to being the one who just goes with the flow and lets everyone else decide, this can be a big step for you. But it’s one you need to take. Learning to make decisions on your own is a crucial part of being your own person and learning about yourself.
5. Boost in conidence
Being on your own will help you gain confidence and learn important skills that will help you become a more confident person. When you make your own decisions and are forced out of your comfort zone, you’re bound to gain a bit of self-confidence along the way. Travelling solo will test your limits and force you to handle obstacles and difficulties. In doing these things, you will learn that you can actually do it. That you can handle things on your own.
6. It’s all about you
Sometimes we’re so used to putting other people’s needs before our own that we forget that we’re our own person too. That we have needs, too. One of the advantages of travelling solo is that this whole trip is about you. Everything about the trip revolves around you and what you want and like. You are first. You get to do whatever you feel like, whatever makes YOU happy.
Tired? Sleep. Want to wake up at 12? You can. You’re allowed to rest without feeling guilty. Nobody can tell you when you should wake up, that you’re not allowed to feel tired, or when you can rest. If you’re tired after your long flight, or after a long day of exploring, you can stop and rest. Sometimes when you are in a large group of people, the pressure to continue doing things can become overwhelming and leave you feeling worn out and exhausted. But one of the advantages of travelling solo is that you can take that afternoon nap, guilt-free. You can leave that party or event if you start feeling tired. You can do whatever you want.