Y'all traveling solo is AMAZING! I love soaking in everything a culture has to offer as soon as my feet hit the ground. Going solo means I don't have to worry about not doing that :-)
For women, traveling solo can be even more challenging with gender inequality issues around the globe. So, why is it still a good idea to travel somewhere alone?
I’ve traveled for business, in groups, with family, friends and by myself. As someone who values every travel experiences, I find each of these types of travel to be advantageous in different ways. That being said, ever since my first solo adventure, I have always been an advocate of encouraging others to give it a whirl. It has hands down offered me the best experiences of my life. There is an endless list of benefits to jet setting alone and I want to help spread the inspiration that really anyone can and should try it. Below are just a few examples of the impact solo travel can have.
Independence & Empowerment
Travelers who go on solo adventures often talk about how empowered they feel when they return from a trip. They usually come back a new person with a fresh perspective on life. You will be filled with wanderlust and confidence! It also allows you to create your own schedule of everything you want to do, including when and how you want to do it!
Some consider solo travel as a brave endeavor. I don't think of going solo as brave because if you plan properly, you will be ready for whatever comes your way. The more research you do on a destination (safety, cultural norms, language, etc.), the better prepared you will be to handle anything. Even if you’re not fully prepared, stepping out of your comfort zone by traveling somewhere alone will help you gain confidence to take on the world. Given you’re entering the unknown, it will offer opportunities to learn how to face various types of scenarios.
Solo travel gives you a chance to listen to your gut and control what direction you want to head. It allows you to reflect on your decisions and discover more about what makes you, you. Spending even a minimal time in solitude will allow you to embark on an inward journey of self-discovery.
I know there are people out there who say they aren’t interested in solo travel because they’d rather go with someone they know. There’s nothing wrong with preferring group travel - I like traveling with friends too. However, I do find myself cringing any time I hear someone cancels a trip because a friend couldn’t go. The world is too big to have to wait on someone to be by your side to see it!!! That coupled with knowing how amazing solo travel can be, it would just be a shame! Solo travel is the ultimate freedom as you can go when you want, where you want and at a budget you can afford. You and only you get to decide.
You have only yourself to rely on, which can seem scary but it is also invigorating. So, the next time you become inspired to go on a trip, and you can’t find a friend to go with - do yourself a favor and book it! This time for you.