Waking up at 10 am and wandering around a new city in search of beautiful art and the best croissant is great with a partner — but may be even better solo. Experience a whole new world of traveling by trying it on your own.
You’ll Spend More Time With The Locals
You have to fully rely on your communication skills as a solo traveler. When you make your way to the restaurant down the road from your hotel and sit at the bar to enjoy a snack, you’re more likely to talk to those around you when you’re by yourself. You’re more approachable solo than if you’re with a friend or a group of people so you’ll have the opportunity to connect with those around you on a deeper level. Spend some time getting to know the people you meet and take tips about their favorite coffee shops, the best museums, and the most beautiful places to watch sunset.
You Call All The Shots
You can spend three hours at that museum you really wanted to visit, stare at the carefully carved marble sculptures for as long as you’d like, and eat gelato at 3am. You are making all of the decisions about where you’d like to go and what you’d like to experience. You don’t have to worry about stepping on anyone’s toes or getting stuck at a restaurant you weren’t in the mood to try.
Freedom To Change Your Itinerary
If you wake up and decide you want to go white water rafting instead of snorkeling, you have the opportunity to change plans at a moment’s notice. The ability to be spontaneous and set your own schedule is one of the best perks of traveling alone. There are endless opportunities around you so you can pick and choose the experiences you’d like to have.
You’re Fully Immersed In The Culture
Fully immersing yourself in culture is a great way to get the most out of your trip. When you travel alone, you’re more likely to experience your destination without distraction. Your attention will be 100% focused on what is going on around you and you won’t be caught up in interacting with people you are comfortable with. Being out of your comfort zone and interacting with the people and places you are visiting will make your trip more fulfilling and you’ll create some really special memories.
Gaining confidence about your travel and communication skills is one of the huge perks of traveling alone. You have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and communicate with people you wouldn’t normally interact with. This can be taken to a whole new level if you’re traveling to a destination that primarily speaks a different language. By spending time in an environment that is different than what you’re used to, you’ll be putting yourself out there more and will feel more confident for future trips.
Hotel Room : All To Yourself
Who doesn’t like taking hour long baths, walking around in your underwear, ordering room service, and taking up the whole bed to yourself? Really — this is a perk you don’t fully appreciate until you experience it. Having privacy and taking full advantage of having the room to yourself brings a whole new level of relaxation to your trip. You can sleep for as long as you’d like without distraction of having other people around you and you don’t have to feel bad about using all of the hot water and mini shampoos.
Make New Friends
You’re bound to strike up at least one or two interesting conversations with strangers while you’re journeying alone. Traveling solo is a great way to meet new people and interact with locals. Who knows, when you decide to come back in five years maybe they’ll still be in the area. You are immediately more interesting when you’re traveling alone than if you’re with other people — embrace your journey and get to know as many new people as you can.
You’ll Realize It’s Nice To Be Alone – And Your Bookshelf Will Thank You!
We’ve learned to appreciate our alone time. The first time you’re at a restaurant eating by yourself may feel odd, but when you have the chance to actually read that novel you’ve had on your nightstand for six months while drinking a glass of Spanish wine at a rooftop bar or indulging in a late afternoon snack of creme brûlée and tea in a quiet corner of a cafe — you’ll thank us! You will become more brave the more you do it. Embrace the quiet time and be productive.
Embrace Your Vulnerability
Alone time can be daunting if you’re not used to it. Get to know yourself on a deeper level and think outside of the box. Giving yourself time to be alone and experience a foreign place means having the opportunity to slow down and look at things in a different light. Maybe it will spark some creativity and you’ll have a new project to work on by the end of it.
You’ll Have A Whole New Level Of Gratitude
Having the opportunity to travel alone will make you grateful on a whole new level. You’ll feel grateful for the relationships you have back home and the new ones you’ve formed, for the different cultures you’ve experienced, the magnificent food you enjoyed, the art you saw, etc. Your eyes will be open to a whole new world and it’s a pretty great one.