Travelling is more than just visiting and exploring a brand new place. It also gives you the chance to broaden your horizons and gain invaluable experiences along the way. While travelling in groups has its own charm, solo vacation is no slouch either. Here are 10 Benefits Of Travelling Alone, urging you to try it out at least once in your life!
1) You Have Absolute Control
Here’s a familiar scenario: You are travelling abroad with a group of friends. Some of them prefer to have fun at the outdoor theme park while others just want to chill out on a sandy beach. You, on the other hand, are caught in the middle trying to tell them you are more interested in visiting the local museum. Depending on individuals, some people might be flexible while others would feel reluctant with this give-and-take situation. But when you are travelling solo, you can choose whichever place you want to go first. And best of all, you don’t have to worry or feeling guilty about messing up your friend’s plan(s).
2) You Get To Learn To Be More Decisive And Independent
Are you the type who often rely on others to make up a plan, decision or even solve a problem? By travelling solo, you will indirectly learn how to improve your own decision-making and problem-solving skills. It may be scary at first but in the end, you will find it’s a great learning experience that can benefit you both personally and professionally.
3) It Helps Boost Your Self-Confidence Level
Travelling alone usually means you have to step out of your comfort zone. There’s no one to rely on and you are basically on your own. But at the same time, as you take on a journey to uncharted territory, talk to strangers and overcome other obstacles you might come across during your solo travel — all these scenarios can add up to your own valuable personal experience and even boost your self-confidence like never before.
4) You Can Rest All You Want
Ever been through a scenario where you just wanted to crash on the hotel bed but your friend(s) got all excited to explore the city attractions? Well, you won’t have to face all that you’re travelling solo. You can take a nap in your hotel room or chill out in the lobby whenever you want, with no pressure from anybody whatsoever.
5) You Learn To Know Yourself More
You will be surprised that travelling alone can result in a life-altering experience. Besides, solo travel means you will be likely to expose yourself to various kinds of situations and experiences. Some might be familiar to you, while others can be unpredictable. Either way, you will get the opportunity to discover more about yourself than ever before.
6) You Get To Meet New People
Unless you feel comfortable being anti-social, chances are you will find yourself meeting new people, chatting with locals and even making friends along the way. Besides, meeting and interacting with new people can broaden your horizons and learn more about the local culture there.
7) You Get To Pick Up New Languages
When you are travelling solo in a foreign country that hardly or doesn’t speak your language, you’re basically on your own to interact or communicate with the locals. Sure, you can always use translating app to help out with the conversation but only to a certain extent. Because at the end of the day, you will probably force yourself to overcome your fear and learn how to speak their language.
8) You Get To Share Your Own Experience Back Home
Experience is one of the most invaluable things you will gain upon travelling on your own. You get to create your memories regardless of good, bad or perhaps ugly over the course of your trip. Either way, these memories enable you to tell an interesting story to your friends, colleagues, siblings, parents or even your grandchildren someday.
9) You Will Likely Save More Money
When you travel in a group, chances are you need to compromise with your friends or family when it comes to spending money. After all, you can’t expect everyone to possess the same mentality or level of tolerance as you do. For instance, you want to splurge more on the attractions and decided to stay in a budget hostel but your friends prefer a more comfortable 3-star hotel. But you don’t have to face such a scenario when you travel solo. Instead, you get to keep track of your own spending and manage to make every decision on how you want to make use of your hard-earned money.
10) It Can Make You A Happier Person
There are many reasons why people need a long vacation, or even just a weekend trip. One of them happens to be able to unwind and relax from the hustle and bustle of our hectic life back home. Travelling solo can make that very reason even better. First, you don’t have to consult, compromise or hold back from whatever you want to do when you travel with your companion(s). You get to spend more “me time” with yourself, de-stress and even ward off depression.