10 Benefits of Traveling Alone
Traveling alone to a foreign land can sometimes seem daunting. But you’ll find that solo travel will be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Here are the top 10 benefits of traveling alone.
Do What You Want, When You Want
Spontaneity is the spice of life! The freedom to do what you want is much easier when you don’t have to ask for someone else’s input, whether that’s skipping out on the castle tour that sounded like a great idea yesterday or staying a few extra days in your current location. You are in control and can go wherever the wind blows you. One day I arrived to a beautiful city in the Philippines and I was so tired from moving around that I spent 24-hours in my hotel room, watching BBC and surfing the web. It was exactly what I needed!
Traveling with a friend can be fun but it also means that you have to make compromises sometimes. And let’s be honest, sometimes you get sick of your partner, especially when you are spending 24-hours a day together. Maybe you promised your friend you’d go shopping at the markets and when the time comes you aren’t in the mood but have no choice and end up being in a bad mood the entire time. Not a fun experience for either of you! The only drama you’ll have when you’re alone is deciding what to eat on the dinner menu… and if you want, you could always order two things with no judgment passed!
Cherish the Small Things
A pretty sunset, a great cup of coffee in a café tucked away down some side street, a boat ride at sunrise, a deserted island, it’s easy to take pleasure and focus on the small things when you are not distracted by others.
Solo travel forces you to be self-reliant. It’s like survival of the fittest! You are responsible for finding your own accommodations, asking for help and getting from one point to another whether that’s by metro, bus or rickshaw. You and you alone are the only one that can make this happen. Sometimes you may find that you are working outside of your comfort zone but it’s good to experience this and challenge yourself. A benefit of being self-reliant is that it’s a great boost to your self-confidence. If you ever get discouraged about travel mishaps, remind yourself how far you’ve come. You will be surprised what you are capable of doing and it also gives you a great sense of accomplishment in the end.
You Don’t Have to Share a Bathroom!
Probably one of the best things about traveling alone! No need to schedule early morning wake-up calls so that you both have time to get ready before you head out for the day.
Traveling alone will give you a completely different experience than if you were going with a friend. I’m not saying it’s the only way to travel but you will experience things that are completely out of the ordinary.When I was on Nusa Lembongan an island near Bali, an employee at my hotel offered to take me around the island on his moped one day. He also took me to Nusa Penida, a neighboring island where we went to a hidden Hindu temple inside of a cave on top of a hill. Then he took me to this beautiful look out where I was able to jump off a cliff into the ocean. If I was with a friend, I never would’ve gotten this offer because all he had was a moped with room for a plus one!
Stay Where You Want
Maybe you planned on staying in a hotel but you meet some travelers who are looking for one more person for their camping trip. Why not? As long as you feel comfortable, nothing is set in stone.
How often do we allow ourselves to be alone? Traveling solo forces you to get to know yourself and ask questions about your life and what you really want. You learn to be content with your own company which is something that is hard to experience in every day life. You will also discover many new things about yourself. Maybe you never knew you enjoyed writing but by keeping a journal everyday, writing has become a new found passion. I learned more about myself in my 7 months of solo travel than I ever thought possible.
Live in the Moment
Experiencing a foreign culture makes you realize that life is short. You may never come back to this place again so why not make the most of this experience right now!
You’re Never Really Alone
When you travel alone you’ll find that you are more open to meeting others because you have no choice! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to meet other people just like yourself with the exact same story (unemployed and roaming free)!
There is no greater feeling in the world than standing alone on a busy street or desolate island far far away from home knowing that you and only you got yourself there! So what are you waiting for?