Solo travel is certainly not just for gap year students and it’s skyrocketing in popularity, especially among women. Here are five reasons to convince you to go it alone at least once in your lives…
You’ll feel freer than ever
The beauty of solo travel is you’re truly the master of your own destiny. It’s fantastically selfish because it gives you the ultimate freedom to do whatever the hell you want – all day, every day. You can explore new destinations at your pace: wake up late or be an early bird, eat when and where you fancy, spend hours at that tourist attraction or skip it entirely.
You’re more likely to meet new people
Think you’ll get lonely? No chance. Solo travel doesn’t necessarily mean being on your own as you’ll no doubt meet lots of other lovely wanderlusters. In fact, because you’re on your own people are more likely to befriend you – and never underestimate the kindness you’ll receive from the locals.
For personal growth
One of the biggest reasons why people like to travel solo is to work on themselves. This is your chance to bid farewell to your comfort zone and learn how you deal with potential sink-or-swim scenarios. Along with all the character-building stuff, it’s also one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. There will be plenty of time to sit alone – probably at the top of a mountain or at the edge of the ocean – and self-reflect.
There’s no drama
Don’t let your once-in-a-lifetime trip be ruined by all that bickering with your partner because she took too long to get ready, or he took too long to pack up. Going away with friends can be equally as stressful, too – so be a lone wolf and guarantee yourself a drama-free adventure.
You’ll travel more mindfully
Travelling with loved ones and friends can also compromise your ability to fully appreciate and be in the moment. When you’re on your own and there are no distractions, you travel with greater purpose and it heightens your awareness of things like the sounds and the smells.
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