Why I love travelling solo…
If you’re not used to travelling on your own, it may seem a scary to travel solo, but in my own personal experience it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do.
I love travelling solo. I also love travelling with my partner. For me these are two completely different experiences – and each has its own merits.
Travelling solo forces you to step out of your comfort zone. It builds your confidence. It shows you that there are lovely people everywhere, who will take you under their wing if needed.
It teaches you to live on your wits sometimes. It builds your spirit.
Travelling solo also means:
1. You can explore places and meet people as you – engaging in conversations in a different way to when you’re with someone else. I’m female and if I’m travelling with my partner (who is male), I sometimes find that people will initially speak to him instead of me. Not only can that be really annoying, but it also sets up an immediate ‘dynamic’ in the conversation that can then be hard to break.
2. If you’re introvert (like me), travelling solo means you can engage with new people on your terms – and also with no stress to have to be with people all of the time; if you’re more extrovert, travelling solo means you can spend lots of time talking, meeting and partying with lots of other people without concern for a partner who might be more introvert.
3. As mentioned above, people talk to you as an individual when you’re travelling solo; they get to know you as you – not the ‘you’ they might encounter as part of a couple. You can have fantastic conversations one-to-one, and they’ll be different conversations to the ones you’d have if you were travelling with other people.
4. You can do whatever you like whenever you like – or do nothing at all; of course, you can choose to do this when you’re with someone else, but it often feels like you have a greater sense of spontaneity and freedom when you’re travelling solo.
5. You have more time to reflect on where you are, what you’re experiencing, how you feel – and keep up with your journal. I love these journal writing ideas from Wanderlust magazine.
6. If your work is such that you can work from anywhere (e.g. you work online), and you need to keep up with your work while you travel, it’s often easier to do this when you’re travelling solo.
7. If you speak the local language and your partner doesn’t, you can converse with people in that language all the time – rather than having to converse in a common language, which is often English.
No matter where you are, the benefits of travelling solo are many and varied. They also often hold true for getting to know new people in your home community. Meeting people locally as an individual is different to doing that as a couple.
It doesn’t mean that travelling or meeting new people as a couple or with friends isn’t wonderful too; it’s just a different experience – and one that I really love.
Do you travel solo? If so what the biggest benefit for you? Or maybe you’ve never travelled solo, but you’d like to? What’s your biggest concern? Leave a comment below.