“If you never go, you will never know!”—unknown
If the monotonous routine of your life makes you feel like you are stuck in the same place and makes you want to run far away to places unknown, you could definitely benefit from some solo traveling. Traveling is said to be the best therapy, and solo raveling works both as therapy and an escape from boredom. And it can also help you get to know yourself better.
Traveling with family and friends can be fun and all, but solo traveling offers adventure and excitement. It helps you look at life from your own perspective and lets you discover yourself, your potential, and most importantly, what makes you, you. Spending time in solitude helps you to discover your own self. It enables you to discover hidden capabilities that you may have never known. It gives you the freedom to run your life the way you want to and the way you see fit.
For some people, the idea of solo traveling might seem like a real challenge because they are not used to their own company. But once you walk down the aisle of solo traveling, you will find a whole host of reasons why you should frequently travel solo.
Perks of Solo Traveling
Honestly, the entire list of perks associated with solo travel may be too long to fit in here. But we’ll try our best to highlight the most important ones here.
BYOB(backpack) and Travel Wherever, Whenever
Planning is the first step of any trip. When traveling with family or friends, you may need to compromise on the plan and the location. Traveling with family or friends becomes more about spending time together than enjoying the trip. But when you travel solo, you can decide where you want to go and when you want to travel. Your plans won’t be compromised as they will not depend on anyone else. You will be able to execute the plan more efficiently. Planning well is like half the task done.
Last Minute? No Changes!
Have a long weekend ahead and want to head out? Even if it is to the outskirts of your city, last-minute planning is easier to do when you’re planning for one. Be it tickets or accommodation, you can quickly sort it out by yourself. When traveling solo, you just have to think about yourself. You can be flexible and fit in with whatever is readily available, from cheaper tickets to staying at a budget hotel or dorm.
Be Present in the Present
When traveling with a group, you spend a lot of your time with them, talking, or planning the next stop on the itinerary. But when you are by yourself, you will genuinely have no distractions. You can truly enjoy being in the moment and observe the sounds, the smell, sights, the people, or anything fascinating around you.
Meet Your Solo-Mates
Traveling with family and friends might curb the experience of meeting and getting to know strangers. But when you’re traveling solo, you get a chance to meet new people. You can easily interact with the locals and learn about their life, culture, and other aspects of life. You may also meet fellow solo travelers, learn about their experiences, and even make new friends.
Never Say Never to New Things
When you travel with family or friends, you will hear a lot of NOs for things that you want to try out, but when you’re traveling solo, you can easily try out new things like camping in the middle of nowhere in the jungle or trying out strange delicacies of the land you visit.
Bucket list? Check!
Solo traveling is the perfect opportunity to do whatever you’ve been putting off forever, like enjoying the sunrise by yourself on the cliff after a challenging trek or experiencing the beauty of the sunset by the seashore. You can try out adventure sports like parasailing or snorkeling. You could even learn a new skill like basket weaving or jewelry making. Solo traveling lets you cross more things off your bucket list!
The Rise of Self-Confidence
Wondering how traveling solo can help increase your self-confidence? When you’re alone in a new place, you are pushed out of your comfort zone. You have to interact with people without hesitation. You may be shy about making new friends or meeting people, but it’s the only way out when you’re alone in a different city. This helps you improve your social skills. If you encounter any crisis, you need to resolve it by yourself. To be able to explore a new place all by yourself and enjoy the moments builds confidence and fortitude. Thus solo traveling not only increases your self-confidence, but it also makes you enjoy your own company.
Solo traveling is one of the best and most adventurous things you have to try at least once in your life. At first, it may sound terrifying, but you won’t know how much you’ll enjoy it until you give it a shot! Solo traveling is cost-efficient, helps you boost your confidence, be independent, and channel your courage. It helps in personal growth and makes you resilient in the face of change. Solo traveling opens new avenues for you and gives you a first-hand experience of going out into the world, trying new things, and being the master of your own trip.
If you love to travel solo, then drop us a comment with the best place you have visited.