"What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.”
– Ellen Burstyn
Solo travel has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more people are
choosing to explore the world on their own. While solo travel can be an incredibly rewarding and liberating experience, there are also certain considerations that need to be taken into account. The concept of solo travel is sometimes misunderstood. There is a spectrum of solo travel from going strictly on your own, to traveling with a tour operator catering to single travelers, where you are traveling solo, but not alone. Utilizing the services of a travel agent that specializes in solo travel vacations is a wise choice. Read on to learn more about the 6 benefits of solo travel.
1. Freedom to do exactly what you want
For some people, the thought of traveling alone is daunting. They prefer the company of others and the security of knowing that someone has their back. However, solo travel can also be a very rewarding experience. When you travel alone, you have the freedom to do exactly what you want, when you want. You don’t have to compromise on your plans or stick to someone else’s schedule. You may also find that you are more open to new experiences and meeting new people. Whether solo travel is right for you is ultimately a personal decision. There are times, however you need a break from the familiar day-to-day. You need to be alone, in a beautiful place with an opportunity to figure things out in a new space. But if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone, it could be an unforgettable experience.
2. Traveling alone can be a great confidence booster
When you're out on the road by yourself, you're more likely to put yourself out there and try new things that may have been outside of your comfort zone before. Going on adventures by yourself will give you a great sense of accomplishment and remind you that you can do anything as long as you set your mind to it. Solo travel can also be an amazing opportunity for personal growth. You have time and space for self-reflection, for really getting in touch with yourself and learning more about who you are as an individual. It also lets you practice problem-solving skills when navigating new places, cultures, and experiences all on your own; this trait will become invaluable in your day-to-day life back home. Plus, the sense of adventure that comes from exploring new places without someone else by your side can be truly exhilarating.
3. Self-reflection and growth
Solo travel also brings many opportunities for self-reflection and growth. You can learn a lot about yourself when you travel alone. Without the distractions of the familiar, you may find that you are more observant and attuned to your surroundings.
While exploring on your own, it’s easy to get lost in thought or spend time engaging in activities that truly interest you instead of those that may please others. There are no distractions from getting to know yourself better – something which can be difficult within the confines of our everyday lives. This can lead to a greater understanding of who you are, what makes you happy, and how best to live your life moving forward.
Simply put, sometimes you need to be alone; not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time being yourself. You have time and space for self-reflection, for really getting in touch with yourself and learning more about who you are as an individual. It also lets you practice problem-solving skills when navigating new places, cultures, and experiences all on your own; this trait will become invaluable in your day-to-day life back home. Plus, the sense of adventure that comes from exploring new places without someone else by your side can be truly exhilarating.
4. Bucket list trips
Perhaps you have the desire for a particular adventure, but nobody to do it with. Solo travel is perfect for those bucket list items that no one ever seemed interested in joining you.
Want to take the scenic route through Iceland? Or explore the architecture of Oxford? Go on safari in Africa? You can do it all on your own terms when traveling alone! Plus, by booking through a travel agent that specializes in solo travel vacations, it may just be easier (and less expensive) than trying to coordinate with other people who might not be as interested or willing as you are.
5. Meeting New People
Solo travel can help break down social barriers between people from different backgrounds or cultures by allowing for meaningful conversations with locals and other travelers alike. By being open and vulnerable with those you meet during your travels, it’s possible to form lasting friendships and broaden your perspective on the world.
6. Traveling Alone, with a Group
Many tour operators we work with offer programs with trips focused specifically on solo travelers traveling together. As counter-intuitive as this may seem, in many ways the arrangement is ideal. The solo traveler has companions when desired, but no obligations to others when alone time is wanted. Typically on a small group trip, the itineraries and pricing are solo traveler-friendly. And you, the traveler, get the advantage of your travel advisor searching and creating the itinerary for you, so you can look forward to, and focus on the experience.
If you are interested in solo travel and would like help with your next trip, working with a travel agent specializing in solo travel vacations is a great first step! Reach out to Soulful Journeys at firstname.lastname@example.org