There are a lot of benefits to travelling as a general notion. You get to embrace different cultures and experiences, and see sights that’ll leave you astounded. While traveling with a group of mates is usually the way to go, there are a number of lesser known perks to travelling the world solo.
#1 It’s All About You
Seeing as it’s only you bouncing around the globe, it’s all about what you want to see and experience. Your schedule is your own to tweak and morph to your liking, depending on your interests and mood. This is your opportunity to be a little selfish with what you want – and who doesn’t love the op to be totally into yourself.
Let’s be honest, travel ain’t cheap and you don’t want to be skimping on anything when you’ve worked your butt of to be there. Solo travelling gives you all the freedom to do exactly what your heart desires (within your budget, anyway).
#2 The World’s Your Oyster
If you want to go to Europe and tour every single art gallery, like the crazy art fanatic you are, go right ahead. Maybe you want to go to the South of France because you love the peace, quiet, and a sneaky glass of cab’ sav’. Heck, maybe Vegas gets you keen. Either way, it’s completely up to you.
If that wasn’t enough to appeal, you also have more control of your finances. If you want to travel until you’re broke then you do you, friend. Want to do the backpacking thing and spend next to no money? That can happen, too.
#3 You’ll Make New Friends (We Promise)
It’s easy to get comfortable within your nice bubble of friends back home but by travelling alone, you get to branch out. Making new friends can be a scary venture sometimes, especially if you’re a little introverted. Solo travel allows you (practically forces you, actually) to get out of your comfort zone. The more friends you make from scratch, without the aid of your buddies from home, the easier it’ll become in every scenario, not just travel.
Making friends abroad can be as easy as sitting in buzzing places like a hostel lobby, or a vibrant bar. Make yourself available for people and you’ll be surprised by who stops to say hi.
#4 It Makes You Brave
Being alone takes a lot of guts, especially when travelling. But learning to be brave in this way can help you to be more open to things and embrace new opportunities – even once you’re well and truly settled back home. This openness can lead to you saying “oh, what the hell,” to a new job prospect, or maybe even a new relationship.
#5 You’ll Find Yourself
Ugh, that was a little cringey but you know what, it’s true. Travelling alone is a great opportunity to learn about yourself. You may get to learn more about how you deal with plans going out the window (like a missed flight – oops). You get to test your problem-solving skills, and you’ll probably become a whizz at thinking on your feet and trusting your judgement.
All of these are extremely beneficial life skills to have in your back pocket.
So go on you little wanderlust warrior, take the leap. You can do it.
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