Solo Travel: Benefits & Advice
Solo Travel: Why I Love It
Solo Travel Thoughts: Ever debated making a big trip on your own? Many people quickly discount solo travel, claiming they would be too lonely or nervous to go it alone.
Before you make up your mind, let me tell you why traveling by yourself is an experience that will leave you yearning for more. It takes a little faith and ambition, but I promise you…it’s worth it.
Here I’ll share some tips on how to make the most of your lone wanders abroad!
Why Do We Travel, Anyway?
First of all, we must be aware of the reason why we travel. We want to feel refreshed, rejuvenated or changed in some way. Taking time to explore new surroundings, breaking away from a routine or immersing oneself in a foreign culture are examples.
These activities however do not require companionship, although in many cases it may be enjoyable.
Companionship makes some aspects of travel easier and comforting as family or a friend is something familiar. Many of us commonly plan group travel for the purpose of bonding. In those instances, I say go for it! Enjoy the special times family and friends provide.
However, the side we often do not consider is that there are various benefits of trekking the globe on our own. Let me explain why you need to book that trip!
Benefits of Solo Travel
Experiencing new surroundings without any familiar items or people within reach is quite transformative. When everything you know is removed from sight (sometimes even your mobile phone), in a completely new place, your mind will not revert to common thoughts associated with people you know or routines you are used to. In that instance, your spirit simply feels free in every sense.
Personally, a moment while traveling alone in Amritsar, India always stands out to me. I stood on my hotel rooftop at sunrise and just listened to the traffic buzzing softly below, staring at the buildings around me. I breathed the warm morning air and took a moment to be thankful.
It was a moment I will never forget. This is the ideal moment I try to convey when talking to someone about solo travel.
An added benefit of traveling alone means you have full control to make any spontaneous decisions you want! There is a freedom in not having to achieve consensus. No decisions about about where to eat, where to stay or which city to head toward next.
You make your own decisions and attain a new level of independence. Any choice can be made at the drop of a hat and you are able to move at your own pace. You will certainly become more resourceful along with all the independence!
Getting Out of your Comfort Zone
With more time to yourself, far more opportunities arise to talk with new people and make new friends. Many times while travelling with friends, we can be closed-off or less motivated to engage in conversations with other travelers or even complete strangers.
Naturally when you are alone, you will desire some sort of human interaction. Your curiosity will motivate you to strike up conversations. It will be fun to ask others questions about their travels, share travel advice and learn about the lives of other travelers.
This may feel uncomfortable at first if you tend to be more introverted, but starting these interactions is natural skill that when well-developed will serve you well, even after you return home.
Advice for Traveling Alone
With this information, there are places you can travel and things you can do to make the most out of a solo travel experience. Depending on how adventurous or bold you are I would recommend varying places to visit first.
If you want to go for the maximum experience, I would suggest an area of the world that speaks a completely foreign language. For English speakers, that would be Southeast Asia or a Middle Eastern country.
If you prefer something a little tamer to start, pick a country where you may able to get by with your native language and where the surroundings may feel more familiar. Check out wolfyy’s full list of gay travel destinations!
Secondly, I recommend to avoid traveling to places that are group-oriented. The way to solve this is to book hostels where you know other lone travelers will be. Staying in a standard hotel is an easy way to feel isolated.
Remember that even in a hostel you can get your own private room. It does not have to be a bunk bed/shared room situation. Hostels have common spaces where the norm is to meet each other and hang out. You would be surprised how quickly you can have 5 great friends to spend a week with!
Solo Travel: Take It Slow
Just remember, solo travel has something for everyone. If planned well, you will enjoy a relaxing and transformative experience. If it is your first time travelling alone, keep your trip length a bit shorter, probably two weeks or less, so you can get a feel for it.
Do your research, look into group activities and highly rated hostels for your travel location. Get out there and make new friends around the globe!