Have you ever thought about traveling alone? Maybe you considered it but you were just so afraid of traveling alone. Well, if you have traveled alone and decided never to travel alone because you had few problems. Then it is the time to reconsider the whole equation. Even if you hate the idea of traveling alone it doesn’t mean that it is worthless.
Yes, yes, ‘Why travel alone, when you can have your loved one beside you?’ But for a change and for a new experience, you should consider traveling alone sometimes.
“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau
Not convinced? I’ll give you some reasons how traveling alone can be a great learning opportunity.
1. Makes you a better observer
Being a solo traveler makes you a better observer. You see things in a different way. It makes you a better person. You get to know how to interact with others being an outsider. You get more curious about things and you pay more attention and you learn something new. It is usually not possible with a travel partner.
2. Saves Time and Money
Money plays a crucial part when you plan a trip. When you are going out with friends, you end up spending more money. Everybody has a different taste. So it gets messed up when your friends ask you to do something that you don’t like or to go to a place that you don’t want to go. But since you’re friends, you would end up doing that thing. It wastes your money and your time.
3. Planning is Easier
Traveling with a partner is never easy. Your partner will propose different terms that might not be any good to you. Moreover, chances are your traveling partner has different traveling interests or his budgets just do not fit right. But when you are traveling alone, you have a whole list set up and you go accordingly. Only your needs matter and you can go wherever you want to go and whenever you want to go.
4. A Boost in your Confidence
When you travel alone, there is a sudden boost in your confidence. You feel more confident because you are put to several conditions and you get to know how to deal with those situations. This has a great impact on your life. You begin to find every task easy. Traveling alone brings out the best of you. Trust me, everyone gets nervous when they are kicking off a solo trip but once you do it successfully, everything changes. You become more patient.
5. Better Experiences
Sharing memories with someone is adorable. But when you are on a solo trip, you have a better perspective on things. You learn a lot. You make new friends. You know different cultures. The memories tend to last longer. You discover some of the best things of your life. You find things that you want to keep to yourself only. These memories will be more meaningful and profound.
6. More Satisfaction
Trust me; all of us who went on a trip with friends or family have a level of disappointment in the end. We wish that we could have done this or that. Chances are you got into a fight with one of your friend. On a solo trip, everything you do is to keep yourself happy. You never have this level of disappointment. For example, you found a museum and you kind of liked it and you spent more time there. Are you going to regret it? If you think about it the answer is no. So GO SOLO.
And, if you really want to go with a partner, here are some points to help you Choose your travel partner.