Here are my top 6 reasons why YOU should make traveling alone (at least once) a priority!
Reason #1: You meet more friends traveling solo than you would with a partner
When you’re traveling alone, you’re bound to end up feeling a bit lonely at some point. And when that happens, you’re going to turn to your fellow backpackers. Traveling alone allows you to meet way more people than if you’re stuck always turning to your travel partner. Instead of having someone always right there next to you, you’ll force yourself to become outgoing and social (if you’re not already). You’ll make friends, go on solo adventures with other solo travelers, and engage in long talks with other travelers who are also alone. And in return, you’ll not only feel less alone, you’ll have made a great international pal. Compared to my Euro-trip solo versus with my boyfriend, I made 3x more friends when I was traveling alone. I was always wanting to engage and meet people, especially to combat those days of loneliness.
Reason #2: You’ll become more Independent
Reason #3: You’ll become super resourceful
Reason #4: You’ll learn more about yourself
Self-discovery while traveling alone is huge. All that time thinking and learning about different cultures by yourself will make you self-actualize so much, it’ll make you a brand new person. So much of our lives is heavily influenced by other people. The people we surround ourselves with end up influencing us in major ways. What do we do if we have questions? We ask people for advice. We google. When you’re traveling alone for an extended amount of time, you start to rely solely on your inner voice. All of that background noise becomes silent. All of those hours chatting with girlfriends is spent journaling and meditating. I spent 6 hours hiking a mountain thinking by myself, that I thought I was going crazy. I started singing songs and thinking thoughts out loud to keep myself company. And with those experiences came a lot of learning. I discovered what I really wanted to do with my life when I got back home. I made drastic life changes and choices that best benefited me and my spirit. All that time traveling alone will shine a light on you. And that is a life-altering, beautiful gift.
Reason #5: F-R-E-E-D-O-M
You get to decide where you are going, when you want! No more asking your partner if going to a certain city is cool with them. No longer will you have to accompany them to countless restaurant meals, when you would rather save and budget your money for a skydiving expedition. If they want to sleep in but you’re an early bird? Not a problem! When you’re traveling alone, you get to call all the shots. And nothing spells freedom like deciding how you’re going to spend your days.
For example, the night before my train to Amsterdam, I decided last minute to change my itinerary. Instead of going west to Amsterdam and Belgium, I decided to change my plans and go East to Budapest and Prague. And that was the best impulsive decision I have ever made while traveling. If I had a partner traveling with me, and he/she didn’t want to change plans last minute, than I would’ve missed out on seeing those cities. Go travel by yourself; that level of freedom is something you may not ever get again.
Reason #6: Getting out of your comfort zone
They say, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” And traveling solo is nerve-wrecking and definitely not in our comfort zone. Traveling to foreign destinations is scary! And by yourself? Even worse. But traveling solo was actually one of my greatest learning lessons: it taught me to get out of my comfort zone and explore something different and uncertain. It taught me to face my fears. And isn’t that what life is about? Life is meant to be adventured and explored and challenged. Challenge yourself to step out of that comfortable lifestyle – I bet it’ll be an experience you’ll remember and reminisce on forever.