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Would you go on a holiday by yourself?

Updated on November 28, 2011

Everyone loves going on holidays, and they are often planned around friends or family members. Do you sometimes just want to get away somewhere for a period of time by yourself and not think about work or anything else?

Most people might think it is a sad thing to travel alone. Questions such as "Who are you going to eat with?", "Will you sight-see alone?" or "What if you get robbed?" start coming to their minds. The thought of travelling alone can be scary for some of us, yet exciting for the rest of us.

This article gives you an insight on why it isn't so bad to travel alone, and it can be a really amazing trip! Before giving you the scoop on why it can be great to do so, let me highlight to you the cons first.

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Cons of going on a holiday alone

1. Expect your expenses to be higher.

You will be bearing the cost of accomodation by yourself, since you will be staying in the room alone. Meal expenses may also go up as you can't share food. Expenses such as transportation need to be buffered in as well.

2. You may need to tone down your nightlife activities, especially if you are a gal.

Expect guys to hit on you at bars if you go alone, and imagine waking up next to a guy you do not know in the morning if you had too much to drink.

3. You may feel lonely at times.

Unless you have friends in the area who will be with you constantly, expect yourself to be alone most of the time. There is no one to talk to or plan the trip together with; you are all by yourself.

Why it can be really great to go on a holiday by yourself?

Going on a holiday by yourself can be one of the most adventurous and relaxing treats you can give yourself. I have seen friends recharged from a trip at a resort or back from a foreign land for a month. Seriously, who say only fun things can be done in pairs or groups? Let go and live a little! Here are some of the reasons why travelling alone can be a good thing:

1. Wake up at whatever time you like and taking your time.

Imagine waking up at whatever time you like without getting woken up by your roommate. You wake up, check the clock, notice that it is still "early", and roll back to bed again. Once I wake up, I love a slow and relaxing breakfast(or lunch) with a good book or magazine on the balcony(if I'm lucky to have a hotel with a balcony). This is followed by lazing around watching television or internet surfing and then take my time getting dressed before I head out.

2. Plan your own itinerary.

You plan your own itinerary according to your schedule and preferences, that means you get to skip the places you don't want to go and you spend time in places that you actually want to be at. It also gives you time to catch up on the things that you never had time for, like writing or reading that really good book.

3. Make new friends.

It is the best way to make new friends as you are free to socialize. Travelling alone also makes you more sociable and other people will also be more inclined to strike up a conversation with you.

4. Become a different person when you get back.

Travelling alone makes you a more independent person and broadens your mind. You also return more refreshed and recharged, and can make you take a new perspective on life. You learn the importance of keeping aside time for yourself, and can help you make some changes for the better.

The bottom line is, I have never seen anyone going solo on a holiday and coming back and regretting it, and the same applies for you as well. Happy travelling!

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    • maddot profile image

      maddot 5 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

      Interesting hub..thanks

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 5 years ago from Jaipur

      Nice hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      I went on a two month trip to Spain by myself when I was 19, and I loved it. I traveled ina lot of places where I had friends, but I also went many places where I was completely on my own. I made ton of "travel buddies" in the hostels and iwth couch surfing, and I loved being able to do everything on my own. The only negative aspect was that sometimes I got lonely having meals by myself, and sometimes men hitting on me every where I went became far too annoying.

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      kaitlincolee 5 years ago

      Hi stephaniedas, wow I would love to go on a trip to Spain too. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself!

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