10 Benefits of Travelling Solo

10 Benefits of Travelling Solo

10 Benefits of Travelling Solo

Dreaming of travelling? Why not take that leap you’ve been meaning to and undertake an adventure by yourself. With no strings attached, on your own terms and however you like – whether that be backpacking or luxury travel you can decide. Here’s a peak into what benefits you can expect if you do decide to travel solo:

1. Speedy Sightseeing

Skip the things you don’t care about, see what you want to see and knock out destinations in your OWN time rather than on someone elses.

2. Say Goodbye to your Comfort Zone

Travelling alone forces you to talk to people, and you won’t even notice it will just happen naturally as you explore. You can eat alone, which back at your local cafe at home might scare you but in a foreign country, the world is your oyster! It also teaches you to navigate by and for yourself without help, or, if you get a bit desperate, you could ask a local. Who knows what might happen?

3. Flexible

Want to sleep in? Want to not drink for the 6th night in a row? Want to visit a random restaurant you just stumbled across? Here’s your answer.

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4. Save Money 

Stay anywhere for as much or as little as you want and have no one complain (except for yourself). And if you don’t want to indulge in expensive food, and want to try some local street markets then go for it! When you are travelling with friends, family or partners it can be semi-awkward to have to say ‘I can’t afford that’ or ‘I don’t want to spend my money on that’, but when you’re alone who is going to stop you?

5. Indulge

Eat that extra cream cheese bagel, order that extra nutella crepe or have that extra slice of pizza as you unbutton your jeans and relax. No ones watching and you’re away from home, so why wouldn’t you?

6. Freedom

Whilst this may seem selfish to admit, you can do/say/explore/eat as you please with no one disagreeing or asking questions. You march to your own beat.

7. No Waiting for Anything! Except for maybe that extra slice of pizza…

This allows you to travel when and where you want. You don’t have to wait for your friends to get leave from work or your siblings school holidays. Plus you can spend as little (or as long) as you wish at attractions and destinations.

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8. No Drama

We all know that spending long periods of time with anyone can drive even the closest people up the wall. Travel has the power to make or break friendships and relationships, so why risk it? If you haven’t spent extended periods of time with your travel buddy, now probably isn’t the best time to start.

9. Denial

Why this isn’t a necessity it can be convenient. No my top is not on backwards today’, ‘Yes I have washed this I swear’, ‘I do not snore…’

10. Do You for You

You can learn things about yourself, as you work your way through the local public transport, unfamiliar customs and any (hopefully short lived) bouts of homesickness. A path throughout a country can grant you beautiful scenes as well as give you a glance at your internal strengths and weaknesses.

Isobel Cootes

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