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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.