1. It’s extremely liberating.
This is one of the many factors that cause people to become so addicted to solo travel. There’s very few times where you’ll feel as free as you do when you go somewhere you’ve never been and you know absolutely no one. You can be who you want, eat what you want, act how you want, even if it’s just temporary.
It’s when you travel solo that you realize everything you do is truly up to you. Want to sleep in? Go for it. Want to have ice cream at ten o’clock in the morning? No one is stopping you! After all, the world is your oyster!
2. Sometimes is gets lonely, but often it’s not.
There’s a reason so many travelers are adamant about maintaining the solo travel lifestyle; it’s because the positives so heavily outweigh the negatives. There will always be times you wish you had somebody there, (like when you really have to pee but there’s no room for your suitcase in the bathroom stall) but at the end of you day you get to realize just how great it is being in your own company.
This has been an especially important lesson for me as a young woman. Learning to love being alone and surrounding yourself with your own being is essential to a healthy mentality. I will forever be indebted to the lessons a life of travel has given me, this being perhaps the greatest.
There’s so few times in life when you get the chance to really sit back and get to know yourself. Give yourself this gift as it will serve you endlessly as you go through life.
3. Traveling solo will save you money.
When there’s only one person to worry about, everything is bound to be inherently cheaper. This is for a few different reasons, but the biggest I’ve found is that it’s much easier to spend money when you’re with someone.
Who doesn’t want to get one more drink with their buddy? Who doesn’t want to share that extra appetizer? Of course you do because everyone does! When you’re on your own, there’s so much less temptation. While traveling with a buddy is super fun, sometimes it can be too fun and then you end up spending more than you can afford.
Another factor that makes solo travel so much cheaper is simply availability with lodging and transportation companies. There are many, many occasions when there’s just one seat left on the cheap flight; or there’s just one bed left in the cheap hostel. Prices can spike quickly if you run out of “cheap” options.
4. Your loved ones will be worried.
This will be true with any kind of travel, but especially solo travel. There’s something about someone being in a foreign country by themselves that gets their loved ones all riled up. And guess what? It’s totally rational and okay!
To reassure them, make sure to explain to them that you are vigilant about maintaining your safety and are constantly aware of your surroundings. Most importantly, make sure you actually are.
Check in with your loved ones daily and it’ll surely help calm some nerves. You can’t hide from life experiences due to fear, whether it be yours or theirs.
Be sure to check out our article “8 Reasons I Feel Safe Traveling Solo as a Woman” to get a better idea on what’s required to be safe as a solo female traveler.
5. Solo Travel provides you with a sense of self awareness.
Before my first solo trip, I felt lost. I felt like I was testing out these different personalities to see what worked and what felt right. It was when I first had to spend an extended amount of time by myself, an ocean away from my comfort zone, that I finally found the person I am.
As cheesy as it sounds, it’s true. You find yourself when you have no one to rely on besides yourself. There are so many unknowns when you’re in a new place that the only known thing is yourself.
6. Food is much more enjoyable when you don’t have anything (anyone) distracting you.
Arguably the most exciting and enjoyable part about traveling is the new foods you get to try. There are new flavors, textures, and aromas that are begging for your utmost attention.
While it’s fine and dandy traveling with others, this is your chance to truly taste what the food has to offer. You can eat slowly and let the flavors simmer in your mouth as you process everything your senses are picking up.
Whether it be street food or a fancy restaurant, take yourself out and get some good, local food. Get something you’re totally unsure of and share that unique experience with yourself. It’ll be something you’ll look back on years from now so very fondly.
7. You have to be more careful than usual when traveling solo.
Having only one pair of eyes means having to be even careful. There are extra precautions that have to be taken in order to remain safe as a solo traveler.
The biggest precaution that must be taken is letting your loved ones know where you are before you head out in the morning and when you get back at night. Since this isn’t always plausible at all times and in all places, it’s highly advisably to tell your loved ones what day to expect to hear from you. Should something go wrong, they’ll be able to notify the authorities right away.
Another precaution worth taking is investing in a personal alarm. You can buy them for cheap on amazon.com, and they can save your life. I have a little one that flashes a bright light and has a loud alarm with the press of a button. This will scare off any predators that might want to do you harm.
It’s sad these are the precautions that have to be taken, but unfortunately that is the reality we live in. Make sure to protect yourself and put your personal safety above all else.
8. Everything is overall easier when traveling alone.
Not only do you have a better chance of getting lodging and a good flight, but you’ll also be able to travel according to your schedule. No coordinating, no unscheduled bathroom breaks… You’re the only person you have to worry about!
There’s no debating where to eat or where to go next or what you want to see the next day, it’s all up to you! This freedom while traveling is quite luxurious and something you’ll enjoy every step of the way.
9. Self confidence and solo travel go hand-in-hand.
This is perhaps my favorite aspect of solo travel; there are few other ways to grow your confidence in such an exponential way. The things you’re capable of when in a foreign land (and sometimes dealing with a foreign language) are truly remarkable.
When I was 18, I did a solo trip in England for a week. After I got to the train station in London, I realized I had no idea how to get to my hostel. None. After about 20 minutes of pure confusion and asking a few people, I figured out where I was going and finally arrived safe and sound at my hostel. It was because of my abilities that I got to where I needed to be.
This was the first dose of confidence I got from solo travel, and I’ve been addicted ever since. No matter how frustrating it is or how far you are out of your comfort zone, you will always find a way to where you need to be and you will feel so good about yourself afterwards.
10. It will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
If there’s one person you should get to know better than anyone else, it’s yourself. Solo travel gives you that opportunity while also improving how you see yourself. This is your chance to not only find yourself, but to love yourself and improve upon yourself.
You’ll learn what angers you, what makes you smile, what makes you laugh, and what makes you melt in joy. You’ll see this person forming in front of you and realize they were there all along, you just weren’t looking in the right place.
When you get home from your solo travels, you’ll feel new, refreshed, and ready to take on the world. The lessons you learned, people you met, and food you tasted will continue to stay with you as you continue through the life you’ve been given. After all, we’ve only got one!