The Great Advantages of Traveling on Your Own

There is no better adventure than an adventure you go on alone.

Many people dream of traveling the world, but so many of them don’t get to because they don’t have anyone who wants to or is able to be their companion. This is especially true for women, who may be leery of traveling alone because it can be dangerous in other countries.

Despite the fact that most people think they need to have a travel companion, there are several reasons why solo travel may be the best way to travel.

1. Freedom

Let’s start with one of the most obvious reasons: you can call all of the shots! You don’t have to worry about anyone else’s schedule or budget.

You can make all of the plans based on you. Having the freedom to go anywhere any time you want is so liberating. I can’t think of any better feeling than being in complete and total control of your life.

2. Broaden your Horizons

Jo Christian Oterhals
Flickr/ Jo Christian Oterhals

Nothing encourages you to push your limits and meet new people quite like solo travel.

When you are traveling with a companion or group, you are less likely to get to know strangers. If you take the time to get to know strangers, especially locals, you will get a more unique travel experience from a special perspective.

3. Empowerment

The feeling you get from going out of your comfort zone and overcoming obstacles on your own is one that can only come from being in a foreign place all alone.

That feeling can only be described as empowerment. Solo travel leaves you feeling as if you can do anything you set your mind to and rightfully so. It is a victorious feeling, and it deserves to be celebrated and felt by everyone.

4. Self-Discovery

Is there any better way to get to know yourself than traveling in a foreign land all alone? I don’t think so.

Spending a lot of time alone allows you to spend time reflecting and learning about yourself. Sitting alone on a ledge overlooking the Grand Canyon is one of the most peaceful things you can do, and it forces you to think about your life, your place in the world, and all kinds of other things.

5. Less Drama

Elisa Paolini
Flickr/ Elisa Paolini

Anyone who has traveled with a group of people, whether it be their family, a group of friends, or a significant other, will probably agree that traveling tends to bring about some tension.

There are often disagreements about what to do or where to eat. If you are traveling on your own, there will be far less drama, at least when it comes to interacting with other travelers.

These are just a few of the endless advantages of solo travel. I encourage everyone to travel alone at least once in their life so they can experience the feeling of freedom and empowerment and discover themselves without all the drama that comes from traveling with others.

It is a rewarding experience that will leave you with memories and confidence that will last a lifetime.

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