66 Reasons to Travel Solo at Least Once in a Lifetime
Are you thinking about trying to travel solo? Well done my friend, it is a great experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.
In this article, you will find all the reasons I could think of why travelling alone is a good choice. But keep in mind that I am absolutely not against travelling with a travel mate.
I have travelled with my parents (I still do it sometimes) with a partner, a friend, a group of friends, and alone. And all of them have their pros and cons.
I genuinely believe that travelling solo is an experience that all of us must do at least once in our lifetime. Travelling solo teaches you so much that it will change you and your way of travel.
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1. You don't have to wait to find a travel mate:
I put this as number one because this is one of the reasons why people decide to travel alone. We often think that we need a travel mate to go somewhere, but it is just because we have never travelled alone and we are scared to try it.
2. You can travel anytime you want:
You don't need to find someone who can book a holiday in the same period as you do, you will be able to go whenever you wish, and whenever is the best time to go to a specific place. (Iceland in January? Maybe better August!).
3. You can choose to go wherever you like:
We often end up going to a place we are not interested in, instead of going where we really want, just because we cannot find someone willing to come with us.
It happened to me a couple of times. I could not go to a specific destination just because my travel mate didn't have the money. So I ended up going to a place I wasn't so interested in just because I didn't want to travel alone.
4. You can stay as long as you like:
How many times have you had two weeks holiday while your travel mate had only one week? Or you wanted to plan a long weekend, but none of your friends could take a Friday off?
Problem solved, just go alone!
5. You will increase your self-confidence:
You will stop being shy and learn to do whatever you want and talk to whoever you like. You will see that you don't need anybody else because you can do whatever you want without the help of anybody else.
6. You will learn what it means to get out of your comfort zone:
It can be scary initially if you have never done it before, but you will be impressed by the number of things you have learned and missed so far.
7. You will get stronger:
And I do not mean physically (there is the gym for it) but mentally. You will learn how too often we worry about silly things, and you will learn how to select what is worth being concerned about (unless you suffer as me of anxiety and you worry all the time about everything).
8. You will live your travel differently:
When we travel with a partner or a friend, we see things differently. We are not alone, so we sometimes end up focusing too much on our travel mates than on everything around us.
9. You will love yourself more:
You will learn that you are the only person that matter. Because nobody will take care of you or help you, you will be forced to do it yourself.
10. You will make some new friends:
If you are willing to talk to strangers that you will meet on your way or at your accommodation, you will end up making new friends for sure. This is one of the things that make solo travels so interesting.
But not only when you travel solo. In the picture above I was in Cape Verde, on Sal Island with my friend Pamela and we met this lovely couple from Rome. We ended up spending part of our holiday with them, and after a few months, we went to visit them in Rome.
While travelling you can meet people from all over the world and start great friendships.
11. You will make friends with people you would have never expected:
Many of us end up having friends that are part of our community but would never imagine making friends with someone completely different from us. Like from a foreign country or culture.
This is another thing that will happen if you travel solo, and trust me, you will be grateful for that.
12. You will learn how hospitable people can be:
When you travel alone, locals are more willing to take care of you because they see you alone and want to make you feel comfortable in their country, especially if you are a female solo traveller.
13. You will be able to be alone whenever you want:
Relaxing sunset losing your sight at the ocean with nobody talking all the time? Or spending a whole day lying on the beach reading a novel without somebody asking you to go somewhere or do something every five minutes because they are bored? (yes, Pamela, I am talking about you, my love).
That is one of the reasons why many people decide to travel alone, and I love it too sometimes.
14. You will see the world differently:
You will learn so many things while travelling alone that you will see everything from a different perspective after your first solo travel.
There are some stereotypes about some country, or maybe a friend of yours told you some things about a specific place they visit, and you will learn what "different perspective" means.
You will also learn to not always listen to what other people tell you about other countries.
15. You will learn to be more vigilant:
You will be alone, so no one will have your back, taking care of you, if something terrible happens. This is why you will learn to pay more attention to whatever is happening around you, and you will avoid doing something that you would do if you were with someone else.
16. You will learn how to be more spontaneous:
You will be alone to decide to do whatever you want anytime you want. If you meet someone inviting you to a party or you prefer to go to sleep early because you are tired, you will be free do to it, instead of doing something only because your travel mate wants to do something different from you.
17. You will learn more about yourself:
Being alone while travelling is the best way to know yourself because you will see how you react to different situations, you will learn how you like your travel and what you do not want in it.
18. You will learn that you do not need anyone but you:
This is one thing that stops many people from trying solo travels. They are scared to be alone. They are afraid that they will not be able to meet people, feel alone, and not be able to deal with many situations without someone else's support.
But you know what? You can! You just have to trust in yourself more and try it.
19. You will make your own decisions:
You will choose how to react to every kind of situation. You will decide what to do, where to go and who you will spend your time with. No one will tell you, "no, I do not want to go there" or "I do not want to meet other people", etc.
You will be free to enjoy your travel how you like.
20. You will learn how to be more independent:
The best way to grow is to travel alone, honestly. You will be responsible for yourself, and no one else will do it for you. No more mom and dad taking care of you, no, my dear, it is time to grow up and go to conquer the world!
21. You will learn how to challenge yourself:
You will end up in situations where you have never been before, and you will force yourself to do things that you have never thought to do in your life.
Like when I forced myself to try surfing in Barbados even if I was scared of sharks and to scratch myself against the reef. It was excellent, and I also ended up riding a wave to the beach twice (obviously, I fell a couple of times before to succeed).
22. You will be your travel agent:
You will learn how to plan your travel and book everything you need.
You will be responsible for it, and it will be great because you will learn so much. You will decide what time to go to a specific place, what excursions to book, where to save money and where to spend more than you thought.
You will make mistakes in planning but do not worry; you have to learn from them.
23. You will learn that you own your travel:
It is your travel and no one else. You will not hear your travel mates saying that they do not want to go where you like or do not want to do something essential for you, and you will end up not doing it because your friends do not want to.
You will do whatever you want, babe!
24. You can change your plan any time you want:
You previously decided to stay for one week, but your manager tells you that you can stay for two weeks?
Amazing, change your plan and add more sites to visit. You meet a nice boy/girl during your travel, and they ask you to go together to see another city for a couple of days?
Say Yes! It is your travel so do everything you want.