9 reasons why you should travel solo
Travelling solo might sound lonely but to be honest, it’s not. You will actually have a lot of advantage than travelling with someone. This will also help you conquer a lot of your fear, make you a better person, and be mature.
1. Gain confidence
Being alone on the road gives you a lot of time to discover more of yourself. I remember the first time I travelled alone where I had a lot of doubts and was hesitating to proceed with it even the trip was already booked. I had that fear inside me telling me a lot of what ifs, but I pushed myself and decided to just go for it and see what happens! After that solo trip and having experienced a lot of things, I never have been that happy and was very glad I did it! As a result, I learned a lot and became more confident of myself!
2. Be an adult and get out of your comfort zone
Maturity is one of the biggest factor when it comes to travelling solo and one way to go into that direction is to expose yourself in the outside world. To start with, you can do some exciting challenges and live differently everyday. This way you get to adapt to your surroundings bit by bit. You also don’t have to over think the decisions you make daily, just choose whatever you think is best. Don’t worry because you are still learning and no one will judge you.
3. The time is in your hands
Want to stay for a week in a hostel after months of travelling and just do nothing? or sleep the whole day and re-schedule your tour? You can! No one is going to ask you to wake you up early morning to get ready or go home because you have a scheduled tour the following day. You can do whatever you want!
4. Meet new people and gain friends
Often times, it’s hard to meet new people when you’re travelling in a group since you tend to stick together throughout the trip. It’s completely different when you are travelling alone because you will definitely need to socialise, and this gives you the opportunity to meet others and maybe be friends with them. While you are on the road, you will meet a lot of solo backpackers especially if you stay in hostels, which are the most popular accommodation for backpackers since they offer cheap accommodation and good discounted tours. You will meet a lot of fellow travellers who also faces the situation you are into–like travelling alone, trying to conquer their fears, and trying to get out of the comfort zone. Have a quick chat with them and share stories, and who knows, you might end up travelling together.
5. Go from introvert to extrovert
If you’re an introvert and doesn’t socialise with people because you’re shy, this might be a challenge for you initially but it will definitely help you to overcome that. Since you’re alone, you won’t be having any choice other than to mingle and socialise with strangers. If you always have doubts or is hesitant to start a conversation with someone, my suggestion is–just do it! It will not hurt you making small talks–as a matter of fact, they will actually love if you’ll have a conversation with them. You can ask for advise or just tell your stories. Trust me, you’ll learn and experience a lot more and be glad you did it.
6. Planning your trip is easier
We all have reasons why we want to go in a particular place. Some of which are because of their local food, activities to do, fantastic scenic views, etc. Most of the time when we travel with someone, we often need to agree on a certain things like accommodation, restaurants, activities, or places to visit–then you will have someone who’s pain in the ass for being too picky and it might ruin the whole essence of travelling. However, when you’re alone, you can plan whatever you want to do or place to go without any hesitation.
7. Have an extensive understanding of the things around you
You only get a little possibility of noticing the tiny things happening around you when you’re with someone because you are distracted talking to them about random stuff. Being alone will give you the chance to observe a lot of tiny things happening around you and this will help you to learn more information about those.
8. No Drama
People’s attitude changes when travelling because they are in a whole lot different situation and place. This might shock you when they show you that side of their personality. For some instance, you may find them annoying because they are too picky on some things, doesn’t agree with you, or doesn’t have the same interests as yours–then end up arguing like small children subsequently having regrets travelling with them–this will definitely spoil the whole trip rather than enjoying it! On the other hand, you won’t need to deal with these things when you travel alone since you will have all the freedom to do whatever you want and no one will be in your way.
9. You will love yourself more