Why is solo travel better than traveling with friends or family? Sure, there are many pros and cons to each -- but it is up to everyone to decide which works best. Many of us who are single tend to do most of our traveling solo. Until recently I wasn't sure how I felt about that but as of late I couldn't be happier than when I'm traveling alone.
If your like me and are on the fence about traveling alone or always trying to dig up a travel buddy, consider these reasons and you may just end up wanting to travel solo.
1. Less Baggage
And no I'm not talking about actual luggage. When I say less baggage I am referring to the amount of hassle that untimely comes with anyone you are traveling with. This could just be the age of the person (kids, elderly), the amount of luggage they bring with them and consequently drag through the airport, and also their personality. When you travel solo the only person's "baggage" you have to worry about is your own.
2. Sitting Alone
Sitting together on a plane always seems like a good idea in theory, it's always nice to have a familiar face, but in all actuality how much talking do you actually do with your traveling partner? In my case it is next to zero. I usually am way to tired to talk or end up putting in head phones to listen to music or catch the movie that's playing. So if sitting alone is your reason for not traveling alone, you might want to reconsider it. I LOVE sitting alone.
3. Less Stress Through Airport Security
I can't tell you how many times the line at airport security has gotten me into a tizzy. It's bad enough when it's just one person going through but if you've got a few people in your party then you can bet your ass your going to be waiting awhile. This also comes in handy when traveling internationally. Just recently I was in a predicament where lines through Customs and Immigration were very long, thank goodness it was just myself traveling or I probably would not have made my connecting flight.
4. No Back Seat Drivers
I can only take another person's opinion on what travel plans should be so many times before I actually start to get annoyed. Traveling solo is the perfect chance for you to do what YOU want to do. There is no one else telling you when to go, where to go, and how to do it. Consequently this is also excellent for solo road trips.h3>5. Come And Go As You Please
This pretty much goes hand in hand with the previous statement. It's really nice to be on your own schedule as far as your plans go. Traveling with multiple people or even just one can often make making plans seem difficult. While there is always compromise, there is just never enough time on a trip to get to see and do what everyone wants.
6. Having New Adventures/Experiences ALONE
It's good for your soul to try something new and different all by yourself. After my recent trip to Costa Rica, I learned the importance of just that. If you constantly feel scared or nervous to venture out by yourself, your life will not be as fulfilling.
7. Finding What It Takes To Be Your Own Person
Once you've decided to venture out on your own you will really see how far you can push yourself. Whether it is learning a new language or swimming with sharks you will really test your limits. I spent a good part of this Summer finding out who I am and I couldn't be happier. Perhaps you'll find out you don't like traveling alone but at least you can say you did it.
8. Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Push that threshold just a little bit, please? If you knew me 8 months ago you'd never hear me say that. I speak from experience when I tell you how good you will feel after. After embracing a new culture and language (which really pushed my threshold) I've come out of it a new person. The newness of life EXCITES me now!
Making new friends while trekking Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal
9. Meeting New People
This is one of the best parts about solo travel. This could also push your threshold if you're a bit shy. It will force you to interact with others (something I'm still working on when traveling). You'll never know who you will meet and what they could potentially offer you in life. Whether its new friends or simply networking with other companies, putting yourself out there is one of the best things you can do.
Who doesn't love a good story? I have more stories from traveling this Summer then I know what to do with. The best part about this is you can put it directly into your website or blog. Not blogging? Well keep a journal of your travels, trust me you'll want to remember the details.
So whether or not solo travel is for you, you have to admit that it does sound pretty amazing. From finding yourself to networking you really can't go wrong. If you're not quite up to solo travel then I encourage you to start small. This can be simply taking a road trip to the next state alone. I would also encourage that if you are traveling with multiple people to take some time apart. Discover the city, town, or state you are visiting on your own. Finding simple ways to get your solo travel in will not only fulfill you as a person but make you crave it as part of a regular getaway.