Much as it’s great to share your excitement and enthusiasm with traveling companions when you are on the move, quiet moments for reflection as also invaluable in life. There are many reasons why you should travel solo and below are some of them.
You learn to be independent
Sometimes travel plans are put in disarray when companions change their minds and cancel a trip at the last minute. It can cause anguish and disappointment. Therefore, when you travel solo, it is liberating. You learn that lack of company cannot prevent you from following your dreams. When you travel alone, you are creative, you learn to enjoy your own company. As a solo traveler, you can take a break from socializing and seek company only when it suits you.
You spend less
Traveling with family and friends subjects you to a form of peer pressure. You are at times compelled to compromise on your budget and spend more than you intended. Differing tastes may mean spending precious funds on entry fees for monuments that do not particularly interest you.
You may have to contribute to expensive nights out at fancy restaurants. The advantage of solo travel is that you can eat what you want and where you want. You can also opt to only visit places that are of special interest to you. Therefore you are more likely to stay within budget and may possibly even afford to extend your stay.
It motivates you to make friends
When companions travel together, they keep each other company. Hence, you are more likely to reach out and make friends with other travelers and local residents when you travel solo.
On the other hand, solo travelers are viewed as more approachable. People will feel less intimidated to talk to you and offer help if you need it. This opens the way for endless opportunities for interesting conversations which will enlighten you on differing viewpoints and cultures. You will be greatly enriched by the encounters.
You can follow your own schedule
Solo travel enables you to devote time to your pet projects or pursue a cherished hobby. Whether it is amateur photography, sketching landscapes, or a craft, you can take time out at your leisure to pursue it. Solitude helps you to tap into your creativity.
Another advantage of traveling alone is that you can truly achieve the break that you deserve. There is no pressure to maintain a frenetic pace. You can indulge in as many naps as you wish.
Traveling solo enhances your experience
When you are alone you can focus on the things that are important to you and plan your trip your way. This enhances the travel experience and you are more in tune with your desires. Being alone frees you of distractions and you respond more positively to new experiences.
When you leave family and friends behind, you break free from the familiar and focus your attention on the attractions around you. There is no one to remind you of what you left behind. This makes you more open-minded, and you will more readily embrace new experiences.
Everyone should try traveling solo at least once in their lives. Although it means going out of your comfort zone, solo travel helps you discover your inner strengths and attributes and it builds self-confidence.