When I talk to people about traveling, the first question I’m usually asked is “Who are you going with/Who did you go with?” When I tell them that I went alone, I am called brave, asked about safety and if I’m afraid. One person has gone so far as to recite everything they’ve ever seen on television shows such as ‘Scam City’ warning me of all the ways I could basically be robbed of everything I own or to even all the ways I could die. Even with all of the mixed reactions however, I’m not afraid. I think more positive light needs to be shed onto this topic because it’s something that should be embraced. Here are my five top ‘pros’ for why anyone should travel solo.
1. Independence. Nothing is more invigorating than realizing “Oh cool, I was able to do this by myself and survive” You’re pushing outside of your comfort zone and learn how to cope and survive on a whole different level than you would with someone else around to lean on.
2. No Compromises. When traveling, you have a limited amount of time to see everything. When you travel with someone else, you have to make some compromises on what to do and see so that everyone is happy. As a consequence you might miss out on something you really wanted to see.
3. Opportunities to Make Friends. When traveling with someone else, you’re more likely to stick close by them. However, when you’re traveling alone you’re more likely to reach out to fellow travelers or even locals, and the more likely they are to reach out to you. You might even choose to take in some of the sights with your new friend.
4. Face Your Fears. When you travel, you’re more likely to do wild fun things. Ziplining, skydiving, swimming with sharks (to name a few) are huge attractions for tourists. If you’re feeling in the mood to ‘swing on a string’ through the jungle, you have the freedom to do this. If you’re traveling with a buddy, they may not be into it causing you to potentially miss out on such a neat experience.
5. No Judgement. Sometimes those in our inner circle can be a bit judgemental. When you’re traveling solo, no one is going to know if you’ve had ice cream on every day of your trip, so you can go ahead and enjoy yourself and your decisions without anyone giving you side eye. Unless it’s a stranger, but in that case, you’re never going to see them again anyways, so enjoy your
fifth second glass of wine at dinner in peace.
I know there are so many other ‘pros’ for this topic, so I would love some feedback. What is your number one pro or even con about your experiences with solo travel?