Top Reasons to Travel Alone – Traveling is one thing you can do to free your mind from stress and other negative emotions.
But more than that, it gives you an opportunity to learn more about yourself and things around you.
You may want to travel with your family and closest friends, or you can also travel alone.
Solo travel may be a little scary at first, but it’s actually an exciting proposition.
You can stay in one of those affordable luxury villa rentals in St. Barts or if you’re on a budget, even a hostel will do.
You’re alone, so really, it shouldn’t matter as much what kind of accommodation you choose, as long as it’s safe and secure.
Top Reasons to Travel Alone
What are the perks of traveling alone?
You will become more independent
Being independent is the first thing you will develop when traveling alone.
When you don’t have a companion on your trip, you will learn to do various things without asking help from others.
Being able to do things on your own may also lead to more benefits.
For one, you may become more confident as it will become easier for you to think and act when faced with difficult situations.
In addition, you will be forced to pay more attention to your surroundings, and not rely on your partner for directions and transportation decisions.
You will gain confidence choosing eateries and eating alone as well.
By paying more attention to where you are, you will learn more about the people and culture where you are visiting.
You will develop a sense of responsibility
Because you are the one who makes decisions, you will become more responsible.
You are not likely to make choices without thinking about it carefully.
Nobody is going to look after you so the responsibility is all yours.
Spending days on your own will truly make you feel more responsible in anything you do.
And it will also help you grow emotionally.
You alone will get to decide your itinerary, lodging and transportation.
Solo travel will definitely force you into making decisions.
Traveling alone will enhance your social skills
How do you survive in an unfamiliar place? Talk to people.
You may have gone online to search for information, but even that is not enough.
You really need to talk to people and ask questions that could help you get from point A to point B, or to help you find whatever it is you’re looking for. How To Make Travel Look Good On Your CV
Apart from asking for help, starting a conversation with other travelers is a great opportunity to make new friends.
It becomes easier to survive in a foreign land when you are not too shy to approach strangers.
Relying only on yourself may inspire you to learn a foreign language to better get around.
You will be bolder
Aside from being independent, responsible, and sociable you will also learn to become brave.
As you get used to traveling alone, your fears and anxieties gradually lessen. You learn to become courageous in trying new things.
Many people make their first alone trip while volunteering abroad.
This, of course, will not happen overnight.
You need to push yourself a little and fight numerous negative thoughts and emotions.
For many people, eating meals alone might be a struggle at first.
You will be able to discover more about yourself
Do we travel to escape reality? Have you heard about people who travel alone to do some soul searching?
Yes, it actually works.
Apart from clearing your mind, traveling can make you realize important things about yourself.
When you travel alone, everything revolves around you.
You have all the time to understand yourself, particularly how you make decisions and react to various situations.
Indeed, spending time alone is the ultimate way to get to know yourself better. When Travel Becomes About More
Afterwards, you can reflect on how well you traveled alone, what you would have done differently, and if you would do it again.
Reasons to travel alone
You can see there are many reasons to travel alone.
When you are on your trip, you will likely discover more advantages as well.
What do you think about the points we have discussed above?
Are you still hesitant to travel on your own or are you now convinced that this is exactly what you should do?
Indeed, it pays to explore things on your own.
If traveling by yourself is not your thing, you can just try it somewhere locally at least once.
Remember, wherever you are going, safety must be your foremost priority.
This is especially true for solo female travellers.
These top reasons to travel alone are not just applicable to travels and adventures.
You can also use them in your day-to-day activities.
How Would Your Travels Have Changed If You Were Single – Here is her question:
“How would your travel plans have changed if you didn’t have each other? I am often wondering how couples who do long-term RTW travel find each other and if the plans sparked FROM finding each other or if the two were traveling separately and combined plans.” – Annie
Hi Annie, thanks for your question, I thought answering to your question would be easy, but the more I think the harder it gets!
How Would Your Travels Have Changed If You Were Single? How It Hasn’t Changed…
My plan to make a long-term trip somewhere was there long before I met Nathan.
I told everyone that nobody would get in my way, that I would travel the world no matter what.
When I met Nathan he was on his last year to graduate a masters degree in classical music, but soon after he decided to quit.
He wanted something more out of life, and so did I.
The more we hung out, the more similar our dreams became.
I guess we shaped each other in a way.
I wanted to travel, he wanted to do something different after having spent so many years studying, and travel around the world again seemed like a great option for him.
I believe that a big reason why me and Nathan got together was because we wanted the same things in life.
If you’re looking for the same things in life, you will naturally want to go to the same places to get them.
Depending on your personality, you want to see, do and experience different things.
A couple traveling together looking for two opposite things won’t stick together very long.
If one person wants to do all the crazy adventurous things and party hard, and the other is more interested in a slow, comfortable trip, it simply will not work.
Another reason I think might have had some impact was that I attracted what I wanted:
I was dreaming of surfing in the South Pacific, and here comes Nathan – a surfer from New Zealand… 😉
How It HAS Changed…
Despite the fact that I might have traveled alone to the same countries which we traveled to together, my travel plans have changed so radically with Nathan that the trips in themselves would have looked so different in a way that I can only imagine.
First of all there are so many places in these countries I know I wouldn’t have traveled to, not because I didn’t want to but because I didn’t know how to!
With Nathan I get that extra bit of courage, I dare to try more things and be even more adventurous.
With Nathan I dare taking more chances than I probably would by myself.
I think the planning route would have looked slightly different in that way that I would have stayed closer to the ‘beaten track’, but when he was there next to me I didn’t need that comfort and safety.
There is no place I wouldn’t want to go to, but some I’d like to see more than others.
With Nathan though, I do have to compromise.
Some of the places we’ve gone to wouldn’t have been my first choice, but that’s part of the beauty.
With him I travel to places I otherwise wouldn’t ever go to.
Now I’d like to forward the question to you – our readers.
How would your trips have changed if you didn’t have your travel buddy/partner, or more so (for solo travelers), if you DID have one…?
Also if you have any travel questions you would like us to answer in the next few weeks.
Having A Hand To Hold While Traveling
Traveling as a couple has its ups and downs, and it really isn’t all a bed of roses.
Something you have to be prepared for is having to cope with things you wouldn’t need to if you traveled alone.
For example, when I get really hungry I’m not that fun to be around, and Nathan has to deal with it.
The same way I have to deal with the fact that Nathan gets restless and bored sunbathing at the beach.
Sounds a little annoying to you?
The upside of this is that when bad things happen and we feel like we’re slipping, the other person is always there to catch us.
We never have to deal with problems alone since there is always someone else there to share the burden, which takes some weight off your shoulders.
One of those times when I was so happy to have someone by my side was in Bali.
We discovered a little restaurant that served really cheap food, and since it was so cheap I felt like spoiling myself, so I ordered some fried banana with chocolate ice cream.
Three hours later I was lying in bed having the strangest dreams, sweating like crazy and feeling the nausea creeping up on me.
The next morning I was a total mess.
I had never in my life felt this bad and I seriously started to wonder if this was the end.
The hotel owner was worried that it was something really dangerous and called the police and doctor to come over.
I couldn’t eat, drink or even think clear.
I was far away from home and my family, had no idea what was happening and couldn’t understand a word of what the doctor was saying.
All that I could think of was how in the world I would be able to make it through.
Then I felt Nathan’s warm hand squeezing mine, and I suddenly felt like a stone was lifted from my shoulders.
Having his hand to hold when I went through this, having him there to support me, to hug me and tell me it will be alright, making sure that I wouldn’t give up, was worth more than any medicine to make me get better.
It’s at times like this when I realize how much traveling with my boyfriend really means to me.
Going through something new and terrible is difficult enough, and having someone there who I love and who loves me makes it so much easier to deal with.
As much as I appreciate having someone to help me go through difficult times, I also feel like it means a lot to share the beautiful moments with someone as well.
To me, there is something magical sharing a sunset with someone else.
Do you want your life to be like a boring movie?
The impact of ‘yes’ shows even more clearly while traveling.
By saying yes to things, you never know where you’ll end up, you never know who you will meet, or what might happen – that is the excitement of life right?
Traveling equals changes and choices, and the choice of yes will most often take you to far more interesting places than if you say no.
I often think of the advice a woman once gave me.
She used to travel to India at least once every year, and return with three full bags of clothes and jewelry.
She said that if there was anything she had learned, it was:
If you hesitate, BUY!
My point is that often we hesitate when we really don’t need to – LISTEN to your gut, if it feels wrong, don’t do it, but if it feels good, say Yes.
And live the life of YOUR dreams!