One of our recent blogs was on travelling solo and whether or not it’s right for everyone. “Yes, it definitely is, make it happen, get on that plane and” – truth is, it’s not for everyone. However, if you are someone who’s done your homework, answered the questions in our previous blog, and believe that solo travel is for you, we would like to present some of the benefits travelling solo has to offer.
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
I was hoping to avoid this cliché, but as cliché as the phrase ‘getting out of your comfort zone’ is, there’s a lot of truth to it when travelling alone. The more you challenge and stretch yourself, the bigger your world becomes. When you travel alone, it’s a little more difficult to pack-it-in, call it a day and retreat to the comfort of your bed at home. You’ll have to rely on yourself a lot more and face up to that feeling of uncertainty.
Unless, by some strange twist of fate, everyone enjoys exactly the same interests as you, you may have to negotiate and compromise. Travelling alone means you captain the ship and can make decisions at your own pace. Perhaps there was a last-minute excursion you wanted to go to, but if you went you would spoil someone else’s plans, or maybe you wanted to do an activity but your fellow travellers didn’t. Decisions begin with you and end with you when travelling by yourself.
Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Company
“You’re travelling alone remember. You aren’t allowed to talk to anyone.” Just kidding. While you will no doubt meet people and make friends along the way, travelling on your own really forces you to get to know the one person you should know the best – yourself. Some of us avoid coming to terms with who we are by spending time with other people or turning to everyday distractions (TV or cell phones). Although all of these distractions aren’t eliminated when travelling, a few of them are and this opens up a bit more time with yourself.
You’ve spent months (maybe even years) saving, pinching those pennies and perhaps skipping a few meals to save up for that trip of a life time. Now it’s time to personalise your budget. Travelling alone means you get to decide what you’d like to set money aside for – whether it’s to catch up on those meals you’ve been missing, better accommodation or maybe a few extra activities. Group travel can sometimes be more expensive, because there’s that added social pressure to spend on something you don’t want.
From the practical to the lesser known benefits, solo travel is becoming more and more popular. A recent survey in 2017 has indicated that solo travel is a key trend for the year. If you have saved some money, know where you want to go and done a bit of inward thinking (as to whether solo travel is right for you), then maybe it’s time to hop on that flight and see what it’s like ‘going at it alone’.