Travel has become more popular than ever and while some have feared solo travel in the past, many people are dipping their toes into trying out the wonders of traveling alone. It’s the perfect time to learn things about yourself that you never paid attention to. Here are some reasons why solo travel could be a fabulous idea for you:
You can go on meaningful tours
A big benefit of traveling on your own is that you can easily pick the type of excursions or tours that mean something to you or that interest you. When it comes to traveling with others, you kind of have to work things out with your traveling buddies, and sometimes they may not be as into things like say, holy land tours in Israel or pilgrimages in Spain. Additionally, it may be even easier for you to book said tours when you’re traveling solo. An uninterrupted tour can be something amazing for you on your solo trip.
Exploring on your own opens your mind
If you’ve only ever traveled with other people, the idea of traveling on your own can be a little scary. There are a lot of unknowns in new places and countries and having to depend on yourself to handle these things can make you a bit nervous about taking off by yourself. However, these unknowns and travel challenges can actually teach you a lot about yourself.
Additionally, going to new countries on your own allows you to explore and experience things you probably wouldn’t do with someone else. You may find yourself trying out amazing opportunities that could change your life.
Time alone can be good for your soul
If you spend a lot of time with others or have a busy career that is highly people-focused, being alone may be something that you don’t get a lot of. It may at first feel a bit odd to travel alone and spend so much time on your own. But it can be a beautiful experience that reshapes you. Everyone should learn the benefits of being alone. It can help you see ways that you may or may not be loving your life back at home. It can help you appreciate more about yourself. It can bring you home.
It can make it easier for you to meet new people
When we travel with others, meeting new people and locals may not happen as much as it would when you’re traveling solo. You’re more apt to speak to people and accept invitations to random events or experiences. You may find yourself stepping outside your comfort zone when you travel on your own. If you’re in a phase of your life where you want to make new connections and experiences with people, consider taking a solo trip.
Bring a journal
If you want to take time to get to know yourself while solo traveling, you can think about bringing a journal. This can help you to write down the thoughts that are bound to come up while you’re traveling. Because you’ll be taking transportation, from flights to trains, in most cases to get from one place to the next, there will be hours “to kill,” and a journal can help you to pass that time while visiting the thoughts and feelings you experience while on your big adventure.
Whether you’re vacationing in a classic city in Europe or taking an adventure in the great outdoors, bring a journal with you that allows you to keep up with your innermost thoughts.
If you’re a bit nervous about solo travel but you want to experience something unique while getting to know yourself more, don’t discount the benefits of this type of adventure. Whatever kind of traveler you are, solo travel provides you with freedom and solitude that can open your eyes and bring you a lot of confidence in more ways than one.