Traveling with friends, family or a significant other is great. Exploring new places, trying new dishes, buying souvenirs and spending quality time with those you love the most is super fun. There should always be some room left for compromises when choosing a vacation or weekend gateway destination, and not just that but also accommodation, restaurant, or activities for the day. What about traveling alone? It is a completely different story. Have you ever traveled alone before? If not, keep on reading because we are going to list the reasons why that is such an awesome idea.
The ultimate question: Should I travel alone?
Is traveling solo a good idea? Should I do it? Many people would say NO. We all have fears, and we think about tons of things such as possible boredom when you are visiting a new place on your own or the fact we may feel lonely. You may also wonder how will I look to other people when they see me alone with a suitcase or in a restaurant. Who cares what others think? Focus on yourself and new experiences that will make your life richer. Traveling alone is a true adventure. It is a way to discover more about yourself, to conquer your fears, think, explore and enjoy.
Reasons to travel alone
You have traveled many times, saw some really beautiful places, but once you decide to travel solo everything will feel different. It will be a brand new experience. Traveling alone is empowering, it will allow you to truly connect with the place you are visiting. You will have all the time you need without any distractions to stop and observe, to discover the beauties of that new and exciting destination and fall in love.
Step out of your comfort zone
Some people enjoy taking risks while others won’t step out of their comfort zone. We create patterns and boring routines, and traveling alone is a perfect way to do something super fun and push yourself out of your comfort zone. You will erase the limits you previously set. The best way to describe it – you will set yourself free.
Conquer your fears
Fear holds you back. If the idea of traveling solo comes on your mind, fear will knock on the door and you will forget about your idea. Maybe I won’t feel comfortable. What if I am bored? No, it’s not for me. What if something goes wrong? What if I miss my flight? I can’t do this because I won’t have anyone to talk to. Will I feel alone? So many questions, right? But what if you say this: I am going to travel alone. I will plan everything perfectly and I will have the most amazing adventure ever. Go. Travel. Breathe. Observe. Feel. The fear will disappear and enjoyment will be all around.
Time to think
Let’s not forget this. You will have time to think. Without any distractions. Traveling in a group is fun, but something is always going on. People keep talking, and it is often hard to find some peace. This is a great opportunity to figure out what you want in your life and to set some goals for the future.
Do something you always wanted
Oh that Bucket List. Will you ever start working on it? Hey, this is it. When traveling alone, you can do something you always wanted. New places offer so much. If there is something you wanted to try so badly but none of your friends wasn’t up for it? Ballon ride? Roller coaster? Exciting parachute adventure? Do it yourself. What’s stopping you?
Make new friends
Another perk of traveling alone is that you will certainly make new friends. Meeting locals is always fun. It is the best way to learn something about their culture. Thanks to Facebook and other social networks, you will stay in touch.
Boost your self-confidence
You may feel insecure at the beginning of your new adventure. As the days go buy, you will realize how great it is to be on your own. Do you doubt yourself? Don’t worry – you will see how capable and mentally strong you actually are. Ending result? You will come back home more confident than ever!
Do it your way
Forget about compromises. Do whatever you want, whenever you want. You know that vacations can be dramatic. You want to explore the area but your friends would rather stay on the beach. Or, you want to spend the day relaxing and your travel buddies want to visit an attraction. When traveling solo you are doing things exactly the way you want. No rush. No stress. Just enjoyment. Isn’t that fabulous?
“I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.” – Daphne du Maurier