Four Benefits of Traveling Solo

Four Benefits of Traveling Solo

Most people I interact with regularly know I travel quite a bit by now. The first thing I often get asked is “Where is your next trip?” This usually followed by “Are you going by yourself?”

I will admit that it took me a while to be comfortable answering “yes” to the second question. I used to feel like people were judging me for traveling alone. After doing it for a while now, I have stopped worrying about it though. I am not sure if they stopped judging or if I just don’t care anymore (probably more the latter).

I like to travel solo. I have lived alone for years so why should traveling solo bother me? Of course, there is a limit to that, at least there has been so far. There are some places I have not found the courage to go to alone. Maybe someday though.

After traveling solo on and off since 2011, I have found that there are advantages to traveling solo. In my opinion, here are four benefits of traveling solo.

Benefit 1

I do not have to worry about anyone else. I can sleep in if I want to. I can plan activities or choose to wing it. I do not have to consider anyone else’s preferences or needs.

Benefit 2

I meet so many more people when I travel solo. Even though I am comfortable being alone, I still need interaction with other people, especially during longer trips. In order to make that happen, I have to have courage to walk up to people and introduce myself and start up a conversation. Sometimes this is easy, especially when I am traveling in areas with lots of solo travelers, such as Australia. Other times, this is difficult, such as in Hawaii, when most people are not solo.

Benefit 3

When there are cancellations or changes, it is easier to get a seat on another plane, train or ferry when there is only one person to re-book. I encountered this benefit on the way home from Hawaii last winter, We were late getting into San Francisco and the next flight to Chicago only had one seat available. Because I was solo, I got it.

Benefit 4

It is a confidence booster. It is satisfying for me to plan a trip and then execute it by myself. I have become pretty good at problem solving and troubleshooting issues on my own when traveling. I can usually make decent decisions even when I am in unfamiliar places with people I do not know. I am proud of that ability.

So those are four of the benefits to traveling that I see. If you travel solo, what are the benefits you see to going solo? What do you enjoy most about it? What had been your favorite solo travel experience? I would love to hear the answer to all of these question in the comments below.

Alaska

Alaska – solo 2016

Australia Solo

Australia – solo 2017

Greece

Greece – solo 2014

Hawaii

Maui – solo 2013

 

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Interested in reading about my solo travels? Read about my time in the outback of Australia when I explored Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park here and here.

Thoughts? Questions? I'd love to hear from you so leave a comment below!