7 Benefits of Travelling Solo
Thinking about heading out into the world on your own? Here are my 7 benefits of travelling solo!
Most of us spend a lot of time around people. From coworkers, to family and friends, we socialise with a range of people day to day. However, sometimes taking a time out from people can be a great way to get to know yourself and travelling solo is an even better way for you to leave that everyday comfort zone.
Oscar Wilde once said; “I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person” – some very wise words, and ones that resonate to those of you who have already travelled solo.
So why should we be travelling solo at least once in our lifetime? I can hear everyone now, and in fact, it’s what people asked me before I left in 2015: “Won’t it be scary?” “Wont you be lonely?” “Is it safe?” All of these questions are fair ones to ask, but all come with the same answer: yes it is scary, yes it can get lonely and yes it is safe.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take
So yes, you may have reservations, but with the growing amount of people dropping the 9 to 5, everything and anything is possible. So below I’ve listed what I feel are the benefits to travelling solo. On your own. No friends, family or co-workers by your side. Just you and yourself.
#1 Discovering Yourself
Well, this is ridiculously cliched but it’s one of the truest things. You’ve left your stable life behind to head into the relatively unknown. With no commitments you’ll finally find that time and space to really think about what it is you want. Whether it’s that amazing Massuman curry you had yesterday or to see a certain place, you’ll learn how to listen to your own needs without the worry about anyone else. You can reconnect with your inner self, no distractions. When you are travelling, every decision is down to you. You’ll learn things you probably wouldn’t in your home life. Like new hobbies, or rediscovering old passions, such as reading or writing.
#2 Make New Friends
Travelling by yourself means that if you crave some human interaction you have to make the effort. That means talking to strangers. It’s such a taboo thing in ‘real life’. Can you imagine stepping on the London Underground and striking up a conversation with someone and before you realise it your grabbing lunch and exploring waterfalls in the space of a few hours? Yeah, well that doesn’t happen. But when you travel solo, this does. Most people you meet, especially in hostels, are in the same mindset.
Travelling friendships are friendships that come together in the blink of an eye, but last a lifetime.
And the thing is, although you are technically ‘travelling solo’ you will never be alone.
Want to spend one day sight seeing and the next on the beach? Why not! Want to leave the place your in as soon as you get there? Go for it! The great thing about travelling solo is you are only ever on your timeline. You have no restrictions, no limitations and full flexibility.
#4 Challenge Yourself
The more you travel, the less you fear. From pushing yourself to try new foods, to taking part in extreme sports, the world is your oyster. I’ve thrown myself off of bridges, abseiled down waterfalls and even dived out of not one but two planes! There’s no one with you to tell you that you can’t do anything, and no one knows how terrified you might actually be. So taking that step forward into that challenge is easier.
#5 Save Money
I find that travelling on my own I spend a lot less. I’m less inclined to overindulge in expensive foods or boozy nights out. Its a lot easy to stick to a budget when your not travelling with someone on the same wave length. Especially if you have different ideas on budget.
#6 Gain Confidence
One of the main benefits of travelling solo is the confidence you gain from the experience. From navigating foreign travel, to speaking to strangers, each trip you take you will notice your confidence, in yourself and your abilities. You wont question what you can and can’t do, you can just do it. Travel is never easy and overcoming obstacles on your own can give you an amazing sense of achievement boosting your confidence with each challenge.
#7 No Drama
No arguments on where to eat. No disagreements on what to see. Your in charge of only yourself. If you meet people who share your interests, then brilliant! But if you decide to go ahead and do different things, then no hard feelings, see you later! You can have a drama-free trip knowing you’ll only be answering to yourself.
What are your thoughts to solo travel? Do you prefer it or do you like to have the security of travelling with people you know? Do you have any additional benefits of travelling solo? Let me know in the comments below!
Amy is the founder of thewanderlustadventures.com. Currently residing in Reading, UK with a love of adventure travel, writing and photography - she pretty much writes about whatever the hell she wants!