Solo Travel has risen in popularity over the last few years, and whilst it can be slightly daunting heading out on your first solo adventure, it’ll open up your eyes to a whole new world of experiences which will keep you coming back for more. Personally Solo Travel is one of my favourite ways to get out and see the world, so here’s my 7 reasons why you need to travel solo at least once in your life…
You Can Plan YOUR Trip
We all have at least one of those indecisive friends who just say ‘I don’t mind’ to every question you ask them. Or maybe you’re that person. And sometimes that can make travel planning an absolute nightmare. But going solo means you’re able to do all the things you want to do, when you want to do it, all without the stress of whether or not your travel buddy is getting to do all of their things or enjoying themselves.
From being able to get an early night, to going to that museum or cooking your favourite food for dinner, Solo Travel gives you the option to really tailor the trip to your needs and your wants, so you can make the most of your time on the road.
It’s Easier to Make Friends
Travelling with friends is great. But it also leaves you kinda stuck in your own little group or ‘clique’.
When you’re solo, you have no other choice than to speak to your hostel room buddy, or the person you’re sitting next to on a tour.
The friendships you make while you’re travelling will often last a lifetime. You meet people with the same ideals, desires and interests as you. And all the adventures you have together will only strengthen that bond.
The two friends I made in New Zealand are honestly some of the best friends I’ve ever made, and I know that if I’d been travelling with a mate, I wouldn’t have made those same connections.
I touched on this earlier, but travelling solo honestly makes you feel so free. You can go wherever you want, at whatever time you want, with whoever you want. You can literally make your trip whatever you want it to be. And if you want to change your plans last minute, you don’t have to worry about upsetting anyone else!
You’ll Discover Things About Yourself
Before I went to New Zealand I was quite settled with where I was, and with who I was. I liked where I lived, having all my friends close by, I loved my job, I was settled. But as soon as I got to New Zealand it was like a part of me was unlocked.
There’s some experiences you just have to go through – good and bad – that will shape you in to the best version of yourself. And I think travel is one of them. You discover how strong and independent you are, what your limits are (and how to exceed them), how to live in the big wide world, and so much more.
It’s the most rewarding experience, and it won’t leave you the same way – which leads me on to my next point…
Without a doubt.
You’ll come home with a bigger outlook on life, on the world, on you. Home won’t be quite the same. And that’s okay.
Better Chance of Employment
Disclaimer: I’m not saying you’ll get your dream job just because you’ve travelled solo. Obviously.
But employers don’t necessarily look just at grades anymore. They want to see experience, skills, what your personality is like, how well you can adapt, how you rise above challenges and react when they don’t work out so well. And those are all things solo travelling can showcase.
It’ll Make You More Compassionate
To people. To wildlife. To the planet.
As you venture across the globe, you’ll see a whole host of things which will most likely break your heart. Whether that’s badly treated animals, the impact of plastic on our natural world or the poor conditions many people across the world are living in. And it’ll most likely make you realise how lucky you are to live your life.
On the flip side, you’ll also see things which make you realise what a beautiful world we live in. Maybe you’ll volunteer at an animal sanctuary and see animals being released back into the wild, or you’ll experience the kindness of strangers, or you’ll simply just sit back and watch the sunset.
Whether your experience is positive, negative or somewhere in between, Solo Travel will make you more compassionate and understanding of the world we live in.
Travelling solo is phenomenal. And I honestly believe everyone should try and experience it at some point in their lives.
If you haven’t already, then why not be brave and step out of your comfort zone and hop on that plane. Take the opportunity while you can, because none of us know what tomorrow is going to bring.
Have you travelled solo before? Let us know in the comments your favourite experiences (or maybe even your worst!).