Why I love to Solo Travel

I love solo traveling. I love being able to go where I want and not have to ask others, “What do you want to do?” It’s not to say that traveling with others is a burden. I love anything that allows me to experience somewhere new! It’s just that once you’ve travelled by yourself you realize how liberating travel can be! Here’s why I love to solo travel.

It’s all about the freedom

There is something so decadent about being on one’s own schedule. To be able to get up when you want, grab a lunch and sit in a park for hours on end. To be at one museum for a whole day, and spending most of that time studying one painting or sculpture. I’ve done that.

It truly is mainly about freedom. The freedom to do what you want when you want. No one to answer to, just you and your whims.

It reminds me that I have the confidence to be independent

Everyone has a story about how they started solo traveling. Most times it’s out of necessity, as was my case. I had a trip planned to Italy and Croatia with an ex. We broke up a week before we were scheduled to go. I scrambled to find anyone who would take his ticket, a ticket that was already paid for. No one could go on such sort notice. I decided then and there I would not miss out on this opportunity and take the trip on my own and I thank God every day that I did.

I was 22 at the time and that trip gave me confidence in myself and my abilities. It made me spend time with myself and gave me a better sense of self. It was the springboard that helped mold me into the person I am today.

It forces you to get to know yourself

Traveling on your own not only is liberating but you learn so much about who you are and the type of person you are. Inevitably you are put in situations that will test you. They will test your patience and it’s how you react to those tests that help inform who you are.

Some adventures taught me that I can handle more than I thought. To not travel across the UK country on a weekend and that I can drive on the other side of the road!

You really understand that the world is bigger than you

All around the world people are trying to live their lives. It may look a little different than what you’re used to but you gain an appreciation of others and other cultures.

You learn that you can get by with a lot less than you think

When I first started traveling on my own it was with a 60L travel backpack. I packed that as full as I could. I probably brought 4 or 5 pairs of shoes and I’m sure I went home with things I never used. Now I know I can travel for 2 months out of a 30-35 liter backpack or rolling suitcase. I only bring 2 pairs of shoes and I always have room for souvenirs.

You find that you stress less

You tend to stress less because you’ve adopted a philosophy of “going with the flow”. Anyone who has traveled knows that there are always going to be issues. Some small and some major, like the time I traveled throughout Italy by myself for a month and there was a transportation strike. It’s times like those instead of flipping out, you take a stroll and maybe explore a part of the city you were not able to get to.

You may find people see you differently

I’ve been told by different people that I’m very cultured. I just think I’m well traveled. I’ve become the person I am by traveling and experiencing and not waiting for someone to do it with me.

I encourage everyone to try solo traveling. You don’t have to go far. If going to Europe is daunting try going to Canada by yourself or even the next state over. Sit in a cafe and watch people go by. Just enjoy being there on your own. You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself, and who knows you may even like it. Let me know if you’ve solo traveled and what you love about it in the comments. Until next time.

1 Comment

  • aimeewhite May 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I love my own company- and I think travelling solo is the best option! It’s worth it!

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