Road trips are a big traveller fantasy – cruising through mountains, valleys and fields, no one to answer to, adventure calling from around the next corner. But usually, when we imagine a road trip, we imagine having a gang of friends in tow (or even just one special person) to share our experience with us.
However, what happens when you are craving a road trip but have no one to go with? Maybe your friends are busy with work, raising kids or just don’t have itchy feet. Well, you certainly shouldn’t let that stop you. Why not brave a solo road trip instead? In fact, travelling solo can have plenty of unexpected advantages. Here are 5 of them.
1. Your trip, your way
Going on a road trip solo means that you can plan the trip of your dreams with absolutely zero compromises. You can choose exactly the route you want and what’s more, change your plans at any minute, taking that tempting detour without having to consult with anyone.
Spotted a pretty little hill that you’d like to park your car and climb? You can just do it without anyone in the car to argue with you and delay your potential enjoyment.
2. No frustrations with other peopleThis is especially an issue for introverts, for whom long stretches of time in close confines with others can be super draining. But let’s not be stereotypical – extroverts need time alone as well. The trouble with a shared road trip is that you don’t get much of that at all, as you are in each other’s pockets constantly.
This can lead to understandable disagreements and irritations. But with a solo road trip, you’ll have all the peace, quiet and breathing space that you could ever want.
3. You can choose the music
Passionate about cheesy pop? Or old school hip hop? ’90s R&B? Dreaming of rolling down the window and letting your favourite tunes blare out while passing through a jaw-dropping mountain valley? Sounds great.
The only catch is that when you’re on the road with others, they may have their own fixed ideas about what constitutes good driving music. And, in the spirit of compromise, you might be forced to listen to their questionable tastes, hour after hour after hour. But on a solo driving trip, you are the absolute king or queen of that Spotify playlist.
4. You will meet more people
When stopping off at a hostel with driving companions, the risk is that you will just chill with them only and no one else. But on a solo road trip, you are much more likely to get chatting to random fellow travellers. Next thing you know, you’ll all be sharing a bottle of red wine with your newfound best-friends-for-life in a random rustic bar in The Pyrenees for example.
One thing you all have in comon is that you’re there at that present moment to have a good time and share good vibes. That’s all that matters.
5. You will get to know yourself
Better than you can ever imagine, in fact. A solo road trip means that you will have many hours alone to reflect on life, the universe and everything. It’s a super valuable chance to get to know yourself a little better, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It’s also a chance to ask yourself the big questions, such as ‘who am I?’, ‘what do I want?’, ‘what is my place in the world?’ and, most importantly, ‘why does toast always fall the wrong way up?’ Hopefully, this has given you the inspiration to take the plunge and go on that solo road trip adventure.
Take note that if you are planning a European road trip, you’ll have to check the individual driving laws of each country that you will be passing through, as they vary. For instance, if you need to wear prescription lenses while driving in Spain, you’re required to carry a second pair with you at all times (just in case the first pair breaks). So get to know those driving rules.
The truth is, this might be the only time in your life that you are able to do this, so grab the opportunity. Then get your motor running and head out on the highway…
Let me know in the comments, what’s your thoughts on doing road trips as a solo traveller? Have you done a road trip on your own before? If so what other benefits for doing so. Would love to hear what you all think Till the next post – peace xD
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