This one's for all of my free spirits out there. Either you've traveled solo before and absolutely fell in love or you're thinking about doing it for the first time (I remember mine fondly). In any case, the thought of taking a trip by yourself can be daunting and traveling solo is (sometimes) not easy. Not only do you have to fully rely on yourself to arrange travel plans, get yourself fed, and find a good place to sleep each night, you're also… alone. That's what solo travel is after all. But if you're the kind of person who wants to get the most of their life, traveling solo is a fantastically liberating way to do it. Here are five of the best things that you'll experience when exploring the world by yourself.
You have total freedom.
You get to do whatever you want, whenever you want to. If you want to wake up at the crack of dawn to climb the nearest hill and view the sunrise over a brand new city, you totally can. If you want to sleep in and eat a magnificent brunch at a famous local restaurant, you can do that too. You can plan your entire trip, right down to the hour or you can wing it. The point is, this is all you. If it sounds fun, do it! You're only responsible for your happiness and well being for the duration of this trip and gosh darn it, that feels SO good.
You'll have time to reflect on your life.
It'll happen when you least expect it. I have a lot of fun when I travel, and the huge amount of joy and relaxation I feel naturally lends itself to quiet reflection on the life I'm taking a holiday from. I've learned more about myself from traveling than any relationship, class, or book. This is liberating as well because now I know what I like and dislike, what I'm brave enough to do, what things in life scare me. It also makes most of my so-called problems back home seem so small and manageable. That kind of big picture thinking is an inevitable and extremely welcome gift you can give yourself when traveling solo.
It's easier to meet new people.
When you travel in a group, you most likely only interact with those group members. And that's a fine way of living too! But when you travel alone, you are much more approachable and will be open to meeting other people. I've had some amazing moments with incredible human beings that I'll probably never see again but the lessons I learned and the laughs we shared will be in my heart forever. I also had fun going out dancing and drinking with these people so there's that.
There's more opportunity for adventure.
Traveling solo leaves ample room for spontaneity. So get on that camel, take that train to a neighboring town, and arm wrestle the local bar maid over a beer. These are the crazy moments that make for the best memories and the best stories. The freedom you get when traveling solo allows for much more spontaneous fun than any other type of travel.
You'll gain the kind of confidence that only comes from being a kick ass solo traveler.
When you get back home you'll have realized (or at least remind yourself) that you are, in fact, extremely kick ass. What kind of person would go half way across the world by themselves and do half the stuff you did? Someone really amazingly cool and attractive, that's who. You've probably been through a lot over the course of your time away and guess what? You survived! And it was incredible! If you can travel solo, I truly believe you can do anything.
What do you love about solo travel? Are you planning on taking your first solo travel adventure soon? Comment below with your answers and any questions you may have for me!