Do you feel nervous just thinking about traveling alone? Especially in a place that you haven't been before? It might seem scary, but there are so many benefits of traveling alone it might be time to reconsider.
We crave new experiences and new adventures, but might also think it's impossible to do it without a travel buddy. But, in fact, when you are alone you will have more chances to do these.
What are the benefits of traveling alone?
Traveling solo is not an easy thing for everyone, especially if you get used to traveling with someone. So, I suggest you take baby steps.
Book a vacation on your own for a day or two and see how it feels. Then if you like it, extend it to a week. You will realize that once you have overcome your initial fears, it's not as terrifying as it sounds. Actually, there's a big chance you will enjoy it.
But is it really necessary to travel on your own? Well, it isn't necessary, but it would be an amazing travel experience to do it at least once in your life. Here are the reasons why…
You get to be in charge
Imagine you wake up on the first day of your solo trip... it's a cold morning and the bed is very comfortable, and you just feel like having a lazy day.
But the day before you planned to hop on a tourist bus to see sites. Well, guess what? You don't have to go! It's up to you to decide what you want to do, what to see, and where to go. You are now your own boss and get to make all the rules.
You become independent
No one wants to travel with you? No problem.
Traveling by yourself is better than traveling with someone who likes doing things that you do not, like buying expensive meals maybe even likes walking everywhere when you prefer a tram. You'll get all the freedom you like and you'll be at your own pace. No one tells you where to go or what to do. You make the plan on your own.
You also don't have to worry about having an argument if you disagree on something. This forces you to make your own decisions and become independent. Because if you don't decide, no one is there to do it for you. You are in charge of your happiness and safety when traveling alone.
You discover more about yourself
When you go on a solo trip to a place unfamiliar to you, you begin to know more about yourself. Since you are on your own, you only have yourself and you have to follow your heart and you can attain some degree of inner balance and focus.
You learn what you are capable of and things you're scared of. You don't have a choice but to face your fears on your own and get through any potential problems by yourself.
You save more money
Jetsetting on your own can be cheaper than with other people. How is this possible? Well, you'll have less temptation to try things they may want to try, from foods and accommodation to attractions.
You will also have less temptation to buy souvenirs or other useless stuff you see around you. Sometimes, we find it awkward to say how expensive we think something is so we force ourselves to pay for it instead.
You free your mind
Traveling alone can free your mind in a lot of ways. It's one of the best times to analyze things you do and contemplate many things in your life. It brings you to a lot of realizations in your life. Many innovative ideas come to our minds when we leave our usual routine, we get to understand things a lot better.
You meet new people
Not only do you experience new things throughout the trip, but you also get to meet new like-minded people along the way. If you're traveling with a group of friends or with your family, it's less likely for you to meet other travelers. You'll be more likely spend more time with your friends rather than going out of your way to meet others.
When you're alone, you will find yourself riding on a bus to a new destination, having your breakfast, or even sharing dorm rooms with complete strangers with whom you feel a good connection.
You test your skills
Traveling alone can be so challenging, in a good way, of course. You have to be responsible and organized. You'll find out whether you can find a quick fix from some potential troubles and bad situations. It places you in such place where you'll do almost anything to interact with other people.
When you are in control of every decision, you'll see that you are accountable for every little thing you do. You will be stronger and more confident.
You enjoy things without the fear of being judged
Of course, one of the best parts of traveling is eating, be it in a fancy restaurant, local cafe or street food. When you are traveling alone, you may end up trying out the things that you don't usually eat at home. You can also order as much food as you want because you won't be ashamed to have multipe breakfasts, lunches or dinners because no one is there to see it!
You'll take home awesome memories
Last of all, one of the biggest benefits of traveling alone is the fact that you will definitely take home some awesome memories. There are experiences that you wouldn't have experienced if you weren't alone. It's not only the memory but also the pride that you overcame your fear and did something that not every person you know can do.
Traveling alone is definitely something you should be proud of.
Benefits of Traveling Alone as a Solo Female Traveler via @Alice_Ross126 #solotravel
So, as you can see, traveling alone isn't as scary and terrifying as it might sound at first. Sure, there are some downsides, like sometimes getting lonely, but it's not enough of a reason to stay home. The big upsides, of course, are flexibility, independence, creativity, challenges, new people, and other new experiences.
It might be hard take that big leap, or it might be hard to enjoy the first couple of days, but at the end of the day, it's not something you'll regret. In fact, it'll be something that you will thank yourself for as it enhances your character and offers you huge possibilities to learn more about yourself.
Do you know other reasons as to why it's important to try traveling alone? Share them in the comments below!
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This post originally appeared on For Travelista and has been republished with permission.