I still absolutely love traveling solo. In fact, it’s my preferred method for exploring new locations.
You’re forced out of your comfort zone. Travelling with someone else is just that much more comfortable. You always have someone to talk to in a language you prefer, someone to eat with, sightsee with, shop with. When you travel solo, you have to be okay with doing all of these things alone, which can makes some people feel really uncomfortable. But over the years I have learnt that it is in solitude that you truly discover yourself and there’s no greater teacher than having to figure things out on your own. Self love is in being okay with your own company and not needing to rely on anyone else for fun. It’s a useful lesson for not just travel, but all aspects of your life.
You set your own programme & your own pace. When travelling with someone else, you sort of have to do everything together. I like to split up and do some activities solo during a trip, but sometimes it’s not easy to negotiate. Some people prefer to do absolutely everything together, which is great if you absolutely love all of the same things. If not, one of you invariably spends time or money being bored by something they have no interest in or being rushed through something they really wanted to see or do. When you travel by yourself, you can set your own programme and pace – and spend as much or as little time as you like exploring.
You can change plans. When it comes to travelling I always prefer to have an itinerary so that I can maximize the use of my time. I always have places to see and things to do and a lot of shopping in between. But sometimes things change, you meet people or discover new activities or the weather acts up and it’s nice to be able to change things around without having to negotiate with anyone. The best part of travelling solo is having zero consultation to do.
You have a greater chance of meeting new people. Of course you have the opportunity to meet new people when travelling with others as well. But I find that when I travel solo, people are more comfortable approaching me to start a conversation. And I’m more confident to chat to new people. I have formed life long bonds in many different countries this way.
Silence. Sometimes you want to get away from everything and go to a beautiful location and soak in your surroundings in total silence. Whether it’s to solve a life problem, recharge your batteries or reconnect with your spiritual self, you can totally sink deep into a silent, almost meditative state. This is practically impossible to do when there’s a travel companion who expects you to be able to communicate with them at any time.