Any form of wandering around this beautiful planet is likely to change the lives of anyone with restless feet. However, there is something special about going it alone. Solo travel means both you don’t have to AND you’re not able to rely on anyone else while you’re away. As cliché as it may sound, travelling by yourself will teach you things nothing else can, and no matter where you go or what you do, it is an experience you will never forget.
WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE SOLO TRAVEL A TRY
1. It’ll force you to be a problem solver
Missed your flight? Train been cancelled? Ran out of money? You’ll learn to step up and tackle problems head on.
2. It can improve your mental health
Travel is, without a doubt, one of the fastest ways you can grow as a human being and turn your life into an inspired one.
3. You’ll get better at putting yourself out there
When you travel alone you learn to push yourself in every situation – to meet people, to try new things and to see what you really love – without the influence of others. Good things really do come to those who dare, and solo travelling forces you to find the balance between playing it safe, and seizing the day.
4. It’ll teach independence and to love your own company
Before people travel solo they assumed there will be times when they end up feeling a little lonely. But that’s far from the truth. Realising you’re happy in your own company is one of the most liberating experiences you can have, and honestly when travelling, you’re never really alone unless you choose to be. Regardless of the country or the people, there will always someone willing to help you out or tag along on your adventure.
5. It makes you more spontaneous
You can’t always plan out every moment of your travel time and this makes room for spontaneity. If you find yourself loving a certain city, why not stay another week instead of moving on straight away? Be flexible with timing allows you to indulge yourself even more in what you love.
6. It’ll make you more employable
These days, many employers care less about what you’ve studied and more about what you learnt, the skills you’ve gained and how you’ve changed as a result of certain situations and experiences. Travel stories can help a huge amount with these types of interview questions too.
7. It’ll force you to streamline your life
Whatever you want to take with you, pack half. You can always buy any extra items you may need when you’re there. Travelling light also means you avoid the stress of baggage reclaim and you have a lot less to carry when you’re on the move.
8. It pushes you to your limits
If you’re travelling with someone else, there’s a chance you may miss out on doing something you want to because they’re not so keen. Travelling solo means travelling without another’s opinions, doubts and fears, and only then can you find your own.
9. It makes you richer
Okay, maybe not in a financial sense, but you’ll start collecting memories and experiences instead of things. Travel is a life investment. It’ll make you rich beyond your wildest dreams in the currencies of knowledge, compassion, culture and confidence. And experiences and memories will make you far happier than material things ever will. Just saying.
10. You instantly become more decisive
Why? Because there isn’t anyone else to decide for you. It’s as simple as that.
11. It’ll teach you patience
Long layover in order to get a cheaper ticket? No problem. Gives you the chance to explore a new city. Nine hour bus ride from one town to the next? Not an issue. Gives you the chance to see parts of the country you never would otherwise.
12. You’ll forge life-long friendships
One of the best things about solo travel is that you are almost forced to socialise with people that normally you might not. They will come from all kinds of countries and backgrounds and come with the most incredible stories to share.
13. You’ll have to face your weaknesses
Solo travel forces you to put things into perspective and decide just how much of a weakness you have time for. If you’re someone who feels uncomfortable with things being out of their control, travelling alone is definitely for you.
14. You’ll learn to trust your gut
Whether it’s getting on public transport or taking the more expensive, luxury bus to your next destination, no decision is right or wrong and will only lead you to your next adventure.
15. It supercharges your confidence
If you can travel to another country and experience all it has to offer on your own, you can do anything.
16. It’ll change your view of the world
Women are sometimes intimidated by the idea of solo travel thinking that it is dangerous, but they shouldn’t be. Without fail, it will be one of the best experiences of your life, showing you that the world isn’t as big or as scary as you first thought.
17. You’ll catch the travel bug for life
Once you step out and start exploring the world, you will want to see it all.