One of the reasons I kept postponing my travel plans was because I didn’t want to go alone. Looking back now I realize that it was just an excuse. “No one to go with”, “not enough money”, “not enough time”. I guess these are the basic excuses for most of us. If you are waiting for travel company, you might as well burn your suitcase now. For most of you dreamers out there, sorry to break it to you, but that partner in crime is probably never going to show up. So instead of wasting your time on waiting for that person, you might as well start thinking about the possibility of going by yourself.
If the idea of solo traveling is something that you never even considered before (like it was for me), it is probably going to take some time to warm up to the idea.
The benefits of traveling alone
There is so many advantages when traveling solo. Most of the people who tries it once, ends up loving it and doing it again. Here is just a few of the reasons why solo traveling is awesome:
- You can be completely selfish. Do what you want, when you want. You don’t have to take anyone else’s plans or checklists into consideration. No drama.
- You meet more interesting people. Traveling in a group you will most likely just stick together. Traveling alone on the other hand, you’ll be more likely to chat with locals, meet new friends and generally be more sociable. People are also much more likely to approach you if you are traveling alone.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone. It is a learning experience. Taking a trip by your self means that you must solve any tricky situation on your own, which also brings us to the next subject.
- You will grow as a person. This is a big one. As a solo traveler you must become your own best friend. If you think you truly know yourself, think again. It’s amazing how much you grow and learn about yourself while traveling solo. Your self esteem will grow more and more each day and you will become a more confident version of who you once where.
- The feeling of complete freedom. My suggestion is that you only book a few nights ahead and plan as you go. Planning your trip step by step will only take away that feeling.
In my case this idea of a solo adventure slowly grew on me and I’m thankful it did. Today I can proudly say that I don’t travel solo because I have to, I travel solo because I want to. And I must add that it’s OK to be scared. You will get over it sooner than you think. I was a nervous wreck the last days before I left on my 7 month journey. I remember how I couldn’t concentrate on anything. Even the simplest questions where too hard to answer since I just couldn’t register what they were saying to me. When I boarded on my first flight from Helsinki to Doha, my mind just kind of cleared up and suddenly I was calm. Then I got excited about what’s to come!
If you have some thoughts about solo traveling or something to add to my list, please feel free to leave a comment below.