If you’ve never travelled alone before, the thought of heading off to an unfamiliar place by yourself can be daunting, to say the least. It’s human nature to focus on fears, and the negatives and risks involved in certain scenarios. But what about all the perks of vacationing alone? Trust us, there are plenty!
“When you travel alone, your itinerary – what you do, where you eat, where you stay – is all up to you.”
Let’s start with the most obvious. When you travel alone, your itinerary – what you do, where you eat, where you stay – is all up to you. Feel like sleeping in until noon on your first day there? Cool. Want to wake up at 5 am the next day to watch the sunrise? Go for it, no one’s going to talk you out of it. Same with dining out; figuring out where to eat with a group of people (or just one other person for that matter) can be a colossal pain in the rear. When you’re on your own, where you eat is your call every single time.
Another perk? You’ll have time to reflect on your life and your goals. Heck, maybe you’ll even “find yourself”. Your vacation is precious time, a welcomed break from life’s often monotonous routines. Travelling on your own, you’re more likely to harness the inspiration that comes with time away and make grand plans for your future.
“You’ll learn to be resourceful and that resourcefulness will lead to an increased confidence in yourself and your capabilities.”
Travelling alone also builds confidence, something that will yield dividends for years to come. The resolution to any obstacle you encounter on your vacation will fall on you and only you. You’ll learn to be resourceful and that resourcefulness will lead to increased confidence in yourself and your capabilities.
Finally, you’re more likely to make new friends when travelling sans posse. If you’re grabbing a drink at a bar alone, you’re infinitely more approachable than you would be if you were there with friends. You’ll probably be more inclined to at least try to speak the language of the place you are visiting if you’re there on your own. Maybe you’ll meet a lifelong friend. Maybe you’ll fall in love. Maybe you’ll decide to keep going and travel indefinitely. Life’s “maybes” are what make it worth living, so get out there and see what happens!