I strongly believe that everyone should try travelling alone at least once in their life. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an extended backpacking trip. It can be a week away or even a weekend away to a city you are unfamiliar with. There are so many benefits and you will walk away a stronger person, I guarantee. And hey, you might just end up loving it so much you will want to do it again.
When I tell people about my solo travels the most common response I get is “I wish I could do that” or “I would never be able to travel alone” YOU CAN. It is so frustrating to hear people say that because there is nothing special about me or my life that allowed me to go do that. I just had to have a bit of courage and leave my comfort zone.
Here is why I think everyone should travel alone at least once.
It is empowering
You will feel so proud of yourself. When I look back on my time travelling solo I can’t help but feel a deep satisfaction of what I’ve accomplished. It was the first time in my life I actually felt proud of something I’ve done. It wasn’t an easy experience, wasn’t glamorous at all and I feel like I can get through anything on my own. Plus, you will completely own that experience and no one can take it from you.
You will learn so much about yourself
I learned a ton while I was travelling, both about myself and the world around me. The most powerful thing I learned was to trust my intuition. There were a few instances where I had to trust my gut or I could have ended up in an unsafe situation. I also learned a lot about the world and the people surrounding me. I learned how to be more compassionate to others because no matter where we are in the world or who we meet everyone is very similar. We are all just trying to find our place in the world.
You will learn to rely on yourself
I didn’t really have anyone to rely on during my travels. It wasn’t a huge problem for me because I’ve always been fairly independent. I had to make my own decisions, navigate on my own throughout this hectic world. I learned that I can do pretty much anything on my own and I don’t need to rely on others to accomplish my goals.
Planning your trip will be so much easier
There is definitely more freedom that comes along with travelling solo. I wake up when I want, go about my day at my own leisure. I can have a relaxing day or a more adventurous day depending on what my mood is. When I travel with others I am constantly wondering if they are having a good time however, when I’m on my own I don’t need to worry about anyone else. I can pretty much do whatever I want and it is such a great feeling.
You will meet new people
People admire those who travel solo. That is something I have noticed during my time travelling alone. I find that I am more approachable and people are always curious to hear about me and my crazy adventures in the world.
You will learn to trust your intuition
Like I mentioned earlier in this post, during my travels one thing I learned was how to trust my intuition. If I knew something didn’t feel right or safe I didn’t do it. I’m the type of person that is a sucker for nice people and can be easily persuaded if someone is super sweet to me. I had to remind myself that just because someone is acting nice does not mean they are being genuine. I learned to go with my gut and be careful who I trust.
You will be more adaptable
It is true when they say “home is where your backpack is”. That is how I felt during my trip. I thought I would become homesick but turns out I was able to adapt to each place I went fairly quickly. When I first arrived in Tanzania I felt at home within 1 hour of being there. There wasn’t one place I went that I had trouble adjusting to. I quickly got used to my life on the road and it was an amazing feeling!
I have carried these new learning experiences over to my life at home. I think differently now and have come a long way from when I look back to my life before my trip. These are only a few benefits to travelling solo but there are so much more! I love travelling solo so much and I will continue to in the future.
Please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section letting us know what you learned from your solo travels. Or if you are planning a solo trip and need some tips and advice I would be so happy to help.