5 Benefits Of A Road Trip As A Solo Traveller

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5 Benefits Of A Road Trip As A Solo Traveller
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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

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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 people

This 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

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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


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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…

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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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Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!

15 Comments

  1. September 26, 2019 / 8:32 am

    I adore road trips, and while I sometimes do them with my road trip buddy it is always in two cars. We’re both just like it and prefer it that way. It is usually for the reasons that you listed. Music, freedom, to think about the universe and everything in between. Love this article I rarely see one that sees the good in solo Road tripping ❤️

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 28, 2019 / 9:28 pm

      There’s definitely a lot of positives to going on road trips alone if you think about it more. Some of the benefits of solo road tripping are generally benefits for other forms of solo travel also

  2. September 26, 2019 / 9:24 am

    This is definitely not for me. 🙂 I am not really into driving part of the road trip, so solo roadtrips are not something I would be to excited to do at this point. Maybe some day. But for now I associate road trips with friends, a bit of fighting over music and lots of snacks. 🙂

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 28, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      This is refreshingly honest and its fair that you want to share experiences on the road with others. Everyone has their own travel preferences. Appreciate you reading and having a different perspective 😊

  3. September 26, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    Solo road tripping sounds AWESOME. I would absolutely love to do this, but maybe in a different life. Mama to 3 almost feral small folks means I can rarely solo pee, let alone travel. Love the post, and so envious you can pick your own music…..no babyshark in your car I am sure! Great post, thanks for sharing,

    H x

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 28, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      😂😂😂 That’s one funny way to put things. Absolutely babyshark would certainly not be a thing

  4. September 27, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    Indeed, traveling solo is an experience you should not miss out! It is one of my best memories!

    • Johnny
      Author
      September 28, 2019 / 9:26 pm

      100%

  5. September 29, 2019 / 8:29 am

    I’d love to do solo travel, but I am quite scared of travelling on my own! Do you have any tips or a blog post about safety when travelling alone?

  6. September 29, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    I love your last point, it’s so true! While I adore travelling with my husband, there is something incredible to be said about how you truly discover yourself while out on your own!

  7. Julie
    September 29, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    I have been considering this, solo travel. It seems like I’m always waiting… waiting for my husband to retire, waiting for this or that. I retired 2 years ago and I just need to get out there and go! Your post affirms what I believe. Thanks!

  8. September 29, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    I think, if possible and where appropriate, everyone should do some solo travel at least once in their life. It can be an amazing experience and worth every moment!

  9. September 30, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    I haven’t traveled solo before but I intend to next year. But…. with my dog! Luckily he’s a great conversation starter so I’m hoping I’ll be able to meet some cool people!

  10. Casey | McCourtSkee
    September 30, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    I’ve only traveled solo once and while it was enjoyable, not sure I would do it again too soon. I enjoy having someone with me to experience this. On the other hand, I can definitely appreciate the whole concept of choosing everything you want to do.

    The last road trip I went on was with friends to a theme park and honestly, not sure I could do it alone! Driving for that long by myself might get a tad boring, but who knows! Will try it one day just to say I did it 🙂

  11. Millie
    October 11, 2019 / 11:06 am

    I’ve not even thought about doing a solo road trip before and at first I think it would be VERY stressful but maybe you’re right that without having to consider someone else it could end up being really enjoyable. Thanks for sharing Johnny and hope you are enjoying Warsaw!!

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