Five Pros of Solo Travel

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.

Prepare for lots of arm length selfies

Prepare for lots of arm length selfies

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.

Maybe invest in a wide angle lens (Currently using Nikon's 16-35mm)!

Maybe invest in a wide angle lens (Currently using Nikon’s 16-35mm)!

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?

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6 Comments

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    Alouise
    July 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Love this. I get the same comments when I travel, even though I’m statistically more likely to be in danger at home than when I travel. These are all great reasons to travel solo, but another one I love is that you can prove to people that traveling alone isn’t as scary or dangerous as they’d believe. Not everyone changes their mind, but those who do usually start planning their solo trips, which is awesome.

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      Amber Primdahl
      July 6, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      That’s a great way to look at it! My first friend just went on their first solo trip and said I had inspired them. Such a cool feeling helping people realize they don’t need anyone else!

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    Kim
    June 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I definitely love not having to compromise when coming to enjoy my wanderings about, but at the same time I know I can’t claim that it’s completely safe just because I haven’t run into misfortune. All it takes is one bad incident to seriously mess up your life (accident/human trafficking/etc), so I think awareness is important when we solo travel!

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      Amber Primdahl
      July 6, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      You’re completely right! You have to be extra aware of your surroundings when you’re traveling alone. I went to Times Square alone at midnight because I was convinced that it was super safe. Nothing bad happened at all, but I was on high alert!

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    Céline
    June 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE travelling solo. It is such a wonderful experience, so fulfilling and challenging and eye opening : ) I would not trade it for the world!
    xx,
    Céline blogging on http://smultronstaellen.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply
      Amber Primdahl
      July 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Hi Céline! You’re right! Such a great way to spend life 🙂

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