Travelling solo can seem like a daunting thing, especially to those who haven’t done it before, so why on Earth would you do it? I see so many people asking ‘Why should I travel solo? How is it better than travelling in a group?’
Well, I’m going to try and answer those questions today. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have any other reasons why others should try solo travelling!
Be sure to check out my blog post on travelling with anxiety if this is also hindering you!
Travelling solo gives you a chance to experience freedom at it’s finest. There is no one there to say ‘you can’t go there’ or ‘why are you doing that?’ You make the decisions and there is a thrill that comes with the responsibility.
I do recommend listening to other people’s opinions, as they may offer some invaluable advice, but don’t let them hinder you from doing you have always wanted to do (as long as it’s safe of course!).
Opportunity to Meet New People
I have always found that when travelling with family or friends, you don’t always put yourself out there to new people.
When I spent 6 weeks in South Africa, I made so many friends! Many of which I still speak with today. I think if I went with one of my friends, I would have felt like I didn’t have to put myself out there as much.
Travelling solo gives you the opportunity to spend your budget where you think it is most needed. If you would rather have flashy accommodation and free activities, then you can! This links back to what I was saying about freedom.
It is cheaper to travel alone than with a family or friends, that much is obvious. So you could either not spend the money you would save by not travelling in a group, or possibly extend your trip if you want to.
While you experience new places and meet new people, you also learn so much about yourself. You learn about how you handle a variety of situations, which makes you more confident in yourself and your abilities, and you learn your true likes and dislikes without the interference of other people.
I definitely wouldn’t be as confident or passionate about what I do if it wasn’t for my trips that I went solo. I know that I’ll be fine if I miss my stop on the bus or the train, because I’ve done it before; I know I’ll manage if I get lost in the middle of a big city at night because I have overcome that hurdle before.
If none of the other advantages persuade you, I really think this should be the one.
Takes You Out of Your Comfort Zone
When you travel alone, you’ll have feelings of nervousness and discomfort which is completely normal! By pushing yourself to do this, you’re taking yourself out of your comfort zone and building up your confidence.
You can do this further by staying in hostels, instead of hotels, and exploring new cultures by yourself and truly getting the most out of your travels.
You Can Sleep as Much as You Like
When you’re travelling with other people, especially large groups of people, you have the responsibility to get up and get on with the day. However, when you are travelling solo, you don’t have to abide by other people’s timelines.
If you’re jet lagged and want to sleep until noon then do it! If you want to spend your chill time reading then nothing is stopping you. You can do what you want! No distractions and no responsibilities.
It’ll Improve Your Language Skills
Referring back to the point about making more friends, when you travel solo, you’re exposing yourself to more opportunities to speak the local language. You can interact with members of staff and shop owners and tour guides! All of these things can benefit you learning the language.
I do recommend learning the language basics before you go, but maybe you’ll come back fluent!
You Embrace the Solitude
This doesn’t just include the time you spend abroad, this also includes the journey there. The plane or train journey can give you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and will help you to embrace solitude.
Silence is a beautiful thing, and everyone needs some time to themselves at some point.
You Become More Grateful For Those in Your Life
I’m sure you have heard the phrase ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ and this certainly applies with travelling solo! While abroad, you’re certain to miss home (check out my post on dealing with homesickness) but that just makes you more grateful for everyone when you go back.
I have a huge appreciation for my family, and I wouldn’t be able to do my travels without them. I miss them greatly when I am away for weeks, or months, at a time but it makes my homecoming a lot sweeter.
You Can Stop At Any Time
The last advantage I have for you is probably one of the most important. If you want to come home, then you can! You don’t have to consult anyone, or get permission, just hop on the next flight home and you’ll be back in no time.
There has been a couple of journeys where I have wanted to come home, but I was so close to the end that I knew I would have regretted it, so don’t travel home on a whim, but it is important to know that this is an option.
I hope you have found these advantages to be persuasive!
If you do decide to travel solo, then check out my tips on travelling solo for more information!