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Pros And Cons Of Solo Travel

October 19, 2017

Solo travel is something I believe everyone should try at least once in their life. Why? Because it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I was always shy and liked the comfort of travelling with friends or my partner. I never ever dreamed of being a solo traveller.

 

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MY FIRST SOLO TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

My first solo travel experience was moving to the Spanish Island of Mallorca for six months when I was 21 for work. Not only was this my first time travelling alone it was also my first time moving out of home… across the other side of the world… by myself!!! I literally begged my partner to come with me and had about three meltdowns before I left but he kept insisting it was something I needed to do by myself, and guess what, he was right. Was it scary? YES! But I don’t regret it at all. I had ups and downs of course but the overall experience is something that has changed my life and for the better.

 

PROS

  1. YOU BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT

    When you’re alone, you don’t have the luxury of relying on someone else’s opinions, advice or help. You’re completely on your own which forces you to be present in your surroundings and confident in yourself and your decisions.

  2. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT

    Solo travel allows you to do whatever you want. You don’t have to worry about anyone else’s thoughts on where to stay, where to eat or what to do. You can make last minute plans and completely change your itinerary if you want, it’s completely up to you!

  3. IT’S EASIER TO MEET PEOPLE

    Solo travel makes you more approachable than if you are travelling with a group or your partner. It’s much more daunting talking to a group of people that already know each other. Solo travellers will always seek out other solo travellers. You’ll also be surprised with how many more locals will approach you.

  4. SOLO TRAVEL IMPROVES YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS

    Since you’re the easily approachable solo traveller you’ll be speaking to more and more people so you’ll get used to introducing yourself, making small talk and conversations. If you’re a bit socially awkward like me sometimes and make a fool of yourself, well the good news is you’ll probably never see that person again!

 

CONS

  1. SOLO TRAVEL CAN GET LONELY

    There will be parts of your trip where all you want to do is share that special moment or experience with someone. You get sick of dining out alone, taking selfies, and you will get homesick. Homesickness is something every long-term traveller experiences but this is something felt more strongly by solo travellers so don’t feel like you’re alone in that.

  2. SOLO TRAVEL CAN BE EXPENSIVE

    Traveling solo means you can’t split expenses. You’ll be paying full price or sometimes even extra. If you’re getting low on cash consider buddying up with other solo travellers and split the costs with them.

  3. SOLO TRAVEL ISN’T SAFE

    Traveling solo isn’t necessarily unsafe but it’s definitely not as safe as travelling with others. Since you’re alone you can be seen as an easy target. You will need to be smart and not put yourself in any situations you can’t get out of. Research dangerous neighbourhoods or known scams to avoid, and don’t walk home drunk late at night, sometimes it’s worth spending a little extra to get home safely than to put yourself at risk.

 



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14 Comments

  • Reply Louann Kristy October 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I always wanted to be a solo traveller but I am not too good alone as I get bad anxiety… it has held me back alot, kind of like the con of it being lonely…… but the adventure ! ugh yes ! I admire those who can just Up and Go !

    • Reply Ashlee October 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

      I don’t have anxiety but I never used do go anywhere without someone i knew. My friend once bailed on me last minute, we were supposed to go on a shopping trip to see my sister in Brisbane which is only 4 hours drive away so instead of going by myself I made my mum come with me 😂 ha!

      It’s definitely something you need to force yourself to do once and then you’ll look back and wonder why you made such a big deal about it before. Maybe even start off with a trip close to home to get the feel of it.

      Good luck!

  • Reply Victoria October 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I usually travel with my bf but I went on my first ever solo trip earlier this month and absolutely loved it. I totally agree with your pros and cons and that it’s definitely worth doing. I’m certainly sold on it 🙂

    • Reply Ashlee October 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Congratulations on your first solo trip!

  • Reply Michelle Joy October 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Great points on both sides! I’ve only done one international solo trip and it was a fantastic experience. It’s refreshing to do every now and then even when you have someone to travel with.

  • Reply amit October 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    As a solo traveler of 6 years myself, you hit the nail on the head with your pro’s and cons. for me, solo traveling suits me best because I can do things on my own terms, and you’re right there are times it can get lonely but that passes for me. What I find though although I go to countries as a solo traveler, I always end up meeting other travelers in hostels or on trips and I’m barely ever alone.

  • Reply Restless Heart Blog October 22, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I think solo travelling is addictive, I can’t get enough of it :)) It is like this parallel universe of adventures and intense emotions, which is hard to experience other way … ❤

  • Reply Vanessa October 22, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I’ve only done a few solo trips in my life, but they’ve all been incredible learning experiences. I was out of my comfort zone, for sure, but it was worth it. Now that I’m married, I don’t travel alone anymore, but I’d be interested in doing a solo trip again, even just for a quick weekend somewhere.

  • Reply Steph October 23, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Great post, Ashlee! I haven’t personally done much solo traveling (you can thank my boyfriend for that) but I honestly would love to do so. As you said, it seems to build so much confidence, forces you outside your comfort zone and really builds character. It’s easy to hide behind the one person you’re traveling with but when you’re solo you’re forced to bare yourself to the world and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

  • Reply Bryan Carey October 23, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I resisted solo travel at first, but now that I’ve tried it a few times, I can see the advantages. Most of my solo travel is in support of my blog, Great Beer Now, and involves visiting cities and going from brewery to brewery. The great people you meet makes you forget that you’re going about this alone.

    • Reply Ashlee October 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Amsterdam has some great breweries or if you’re interested in cider you should visit Mock Red Hill in Victoria Australia 🙂

  • Reply Deena Danielle October 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I agree with you about the pros of solo traveling. I grew so much in my time alone and exploring the world. There are some things that solo travel teaches you that nothing else can.

    xoxo Deena Danielle
    http://www.nomadmoda.com

  • Reply Eloise October 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    More Pros than Cons, I like that! Solo travel is really great 🙂
    I never got lonely as a solo traveler. I always met tons of people and I love writing so it was my way of sharing. But now that I always travel with my partner, I appreciate having someone to share things with and it would actually be hard for this to go back to traveling solo!

  • Reply Kim October 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    My first international trip was a solo trip! It was the best experience of my life. Totally agree with your pros and cons, but I say the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Hoping to travel solo more in the future!

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