Travelling in the modern day has become one of the most discussed and revered hobbies almost everyone enjoys and share without fail, especially with automobile technology having evolved substantially over several.
The social norm with have you go travelling with someone alongside you, whether that be a friend, relative or with team-mates as part of a sports team. However being a solo traveller is not uncommon and can actually be of some good to one who decides to ride solo.
As a time filler before my next trip I’ll be pinpointing three main benefits of seeing the world all by your own.
1.You’ll become more independent
Solo travelling can put you in a position to learn and grow as a person as it places the responsibility solely on YOU to figure things out for yourself. As I found out for myself when I visited Paris early autumn (fall if you’re North American), without access to 4G, mobile coverage or WiFi outside I had to engage my brain a lot more being in a foreign country for the first time: using the tube or bus map to devise a route from point A to B, reading road/street signs, learning the basics of the native language, calculating the amount of time for sightseeing before departure. In short, independent thinking is strongly encouraged
Going travelling by your own can be seen as a form of self-confidence building providing you’re successful at it. Without a close friend or relative by your side, you won’t have the temptation of leaning on them for deciding on the best budget accommodation to book into, which restaurants or cafes to dine at during a holiday or how many trainers to pack into your minute suitcase.
Independence is a huge reason that led to my decision to embark on regular travelling and so far I feel like it is paying off.
2. You’ll have more time for yourself
Ever had the experience of running out of time to see a favourite attraction of yours because you were too busy being concerned with where your companion wanted to go or do?
Or maybe it was due to them taking too much admiring paintings and drawings in an Art museum you found really boring and uninspiring. Or had too much to drink on a night out whilst on a spring break, passed out and spent the whole day attending to their hangover?
With solo travelling that means you won’t have to worry about having to compromise with your travel partner or having to meet their demands. It sounds selfish, but that element of selfishness is okay and healthy for you. There’s more time to include what you want to do and when, which would enrich your travel experience and add efficiency to it.
The world is literally your own oyster!
3. You’ll be able to make new friends
As mentioned at the beginning of the post travelling is a interest that is globally shared by many these days and having common ground is important for the foundation of a solid friendship.
Without being shackled to anyone, it widens the scope for interaction with the natives of the place you’re visiting and perhaps there are fellow tourists you bump into as well. Maybe they’re alone too and so it’ll be a chance to join in with them and make it a joint travel adventure.
And if you do happen to encounter a fellow solo tourist you can even bond on similar experiences travelling alone and share thoughts and feelings on the foreign place.
So there you have it guys! My top three benefits of solo travelling
This is not an article to discourage travelling with other people. I think spending time with a close one when abroad can add a new dimension and freshness to a relationship: by having new opportunities to create new memories and experiences that only the people who accompanied you have the privilege of relating to.
But this is mainly a post focusing on the positives of being alone when travelling the world and I’m certain the benefits discussed are not the only ones so if you have other reasons for solo travel feel free to share in the comments below or on my social media pages.
Till then…. Happy Solo Travelling 🙂