For many people, the idea of traveling alone is terrifying. Packing up to head out into the world is a fascinating and exciting experience whether you’re with a partner, group or solo. But many people avoid traveling alone; maybe they’ve heard rumors that solo travelers are more vulnerable to danger, or maybe they’re worried about feeling lonely.
So in contrast to these preconceptions, I’d like to propose 5 reasons why traveling solo travel adventures can be a truly rewarding and life-changing experience:
This one might sound pretty obvious, but it’s pretty important! Having complete freedom to do what you want, when you want means your travels will be completely up to you. You don’t have to coordinate plans with anyone or make sacrifices; you can eat ice cream for breakfast if you want or wake up at 3 pm. Be spontaneous and go with your whim!
As a solo traveler, it’s often much easier to make friends when you’re staying in hostels and guest houses. Traveling in a group or with a partner is great for that constant companionship, but it makes you a lot less approachable to others. As a solo traveler, you’ll have the chance to bond with others traveling on their own and even find travel partners for parts of your journeys.
Traveling alone is one of the best ways I know to learn about yourself. You face challenges and obstacles along the way that you and only you can solve. Getting through some of these sticky situations will show you your true inner strength, and help you develop as a person.
When you travel without a plan or coordinated agenda, then literally nothing can go wrong. If something goes differently than you expected, then you simply have a new plan! You will learn from your “mistakes” and blaze your very own path, meeting new people and having new experiences along the way.
Break Through Your Comfort Zone
I personally can’t think of many better feelings than breaking right through my comfort zone into an exhilarating new space. Traveling solo is the perfect way to force yourself into trying new things and finding you can actually do it! I moved to Thailand on a whim and never thought I’d be racing through traffic on a motorbike, but guess what happened 3 weeks later. Give yourself a chance to stretch your limits by traveling solo, and you’ll be amazed at what can happen.