1. It’s one of the most empowering things you will ever experience.
There’s no greater feeling than embarking on a courageous journey alone with an open heart and an open mind.
2. You can go wherever you want.
Thinking of backpacking through SE Asia? Want to volunteer in Ghana? One of the best things about solo travel is you can go literally wherever you want without someone else’s hesitations, budget, or interests in mind.
3. Often people will look out for you more when you’re on your own.
Locals often want to help solo travelers by giving them advice on everything from riskier places to avoid and places to check out to even going as far as offering a meal or accommodation for a night.
4. You can do what you want when you want.
You don’t have to worry if your travel partner doesn’t feel like checking out that museum or going zip-lining for the afternoon. Want to skip your next planned city and venture off on a different adventure? You’re free to make your schedule as you please without worrying if another person will dig everything you want to do.
5. It forces you out of your comfort zone.
When you’re cut off from everything you know your priorities and attitudes about life change in ways you never previously imagined.
6. You’re more open to meeting new people and trying new things.
Sometimes when you travel with another person you’re so used to having their company and knowing their likes/dislikes you don’t think to engage others or take a chance on a new experience.
7. It gives you the chance to discover things about yourself while you discover the world.
Solo travel is an incredibly powerful and introspective experience that allows you time to really hone in on your thoughts, dreams, and reflections of the world as you experience it.
8. Although you’re alone you don’t have to worry about being lonely.
At your hostel, restaurants, and other places you can always find someone willing to start up a conversation. People seem to be drawn to the lone traveler.
9. You can indulge in anything you want without being judged by someone else.
Take in all the pad thai, pizza, macaroons, or other foreign worldly delights you find on your travels if you so desire without worrying about other people noticing.
10. Solo travel is cheaper.
Accommodations, activities, and food are just among a few of the things that can be cheaper than when traveling with another person.
11. Do it because you want to.
Too often we let fear or comfort of routine stop us from taking life’s greatest risks and end up missing out on truly rewarding experiences. If you want to travel alone stop making excuses. Life will always get in the way if you let it. Pick a destination. Do your research. Create a budget. Set goals and a plan. Everything will fall into place. It really is that easy.
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