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Going Solo: The Perks of Traveling Alone

Updated on November 3, 2014

We all look forward to opportunities to go on vacation. It’s no wonder we all share a fondness for holidays, long weekends, summer and spring breaks.

These are the times that we really take time to plan for, they are also the reason why we skimp on food and shopping.

We brainstorm and narrow down destination choices until we can find that one perfect place that fits our budget, schedule, and mood.

We could go to the beach or maybe go to a different country to go skiing. The possibilities are endless as long as we are prepared for it. It’s an exciting process that starts from the planning up to post trip high.

This is the time that families and friends take the opportunity to bond and do something together as a pack.

As we have grown accustomed to go on trips with people for the purpose of bonding and gaining shared experiences, traveling has become a social activity that we partake with the people close to us. It has been a way for us to develop our relationships.

As we are all aware of the perks of traveling with people, the idea of this article might seem crazy for most. Why the hell would anyone want to travel alone?

If you have read the book “Eat, Pray, Love” or its movie adaptation then you might be more receptive to this idea but if you haven’t then prepare to be convinced! Let’s take the time to see some of the reasons why.


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The first obvious reason is the ease of traveling alone. It is loads of fun to be with a lot of people on trips but you have to admit the hassle and stress that comes with it. Planning takes a long period of time to accommodate everyone’s wants; you may even have to give up some of your plans to make space for others.

The amount of adjustments you have to make seem to increase proportionally to the number of people joining. Imagine going on a trip without compromising, a trip that’s all about you. A vacation is essentially a time away from stress, worry, and problems, which usually isn't the case, but without companion this actually becomes a big possibility.

This brings us to reason number two: You can do whatever you want whenever you want. This means you can go enjoy waking up at any time you want you, you can even guilelessly stay in bed the whole day.

Everything is all up to you, it’s your vacation your choice. You can go all out Julia Roberts with the Italian attitude of “Il dolce far niente” or the sweetness of doing nothing. This would also be a good time to be selfish.

You've always wanted to go skydiving but your family is afraid? Well you don't have to worry about that now. Ever wanted to go to Alaska but your friends always want to go somewhere tropical? Now you don’t have to consider what they want.

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The next two reasons go hand in hand, first of which is that traveling solo will push you out of your comfort zone. Going to a completely new place and doing completely unfamiliar things without your usual support group can be scary but liberating.

With no one to push you but yourself you’ll find strength within you that you didn't even know existed. Just think of all the bragging rights you’ll get from surfing in the pacific or maybe riding a hot air balloon by yourself. You’ll come back from the trip feeling very empowered by all the things you were able to accomplish.

With this new-found strength you’ll be meeting tons of interesting people. People in groups tend to be a little intimidating and when you’re on your own people will more naturally gravitate towards you. This is an exciting way to meet locals and get to have a deeper experience in the country. You might even find some romance over there, you’ll never know.

The last and probably the most important reason to travel on your own is the chance to know yourself better. You spend time with family and friends to help deepen your relationship with them and spending some alone time will help strengthen your relationship with yourself.

It is a fact that you are going to be spending the most time in your life with yourself so it would be a great idea to make yourself interesting. Know what makes you laugh, what makes you tick, and what makes you light up with passion.

The process of self-discovery is a worthy endeavor. This allows you to fall in love with yourself over and over again. So the next time you plan a vacation consider the idea of going solo!


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