Traveling alone is something a lot of people want to do, but most don’t really dare to. I love to motivate the people around me to go on a solo-trip atleast once.
1. Easier on planning
You don’t have to pick a moment to book and plan your entire trip together. You can plan everything (you want to plan) just by yourself whenever you want. It’s also easy to pick a departure and return date. Planning the trip itself it easier too. No compromises about what you and your friends want to see. And what you don’t want to see.
2. Explore a city and yourself
Visiting a city you don’t know and where you don’t understand the language is hard. And you are all by yourself. The perfect opportunity to get to know yourself. How do you react in certain situations? Maybe you’re more sociable than you expected. And perhaps you discover how smart you actually are.
3. Meet new people and friends
Next to ‘finding yourself’ (what is this? the 90s?), you will also discover how easy it is to meet new people. If you stay in a hostel, you will talk to your roomies and even have a drink with them. Next thing you know: you are talking on messenger to them about all your future travels and even have a free place to stay on one of them.
4. You gain more traveling experience
You are depended on your (limited) language skills. So you will have to learn new words and ways to figure out more ways to express yourself. You will also look around more and observe the people better.
5. You won’t fight
Because you won’t have anybody to fight with. There are lots of times it can get heated. When planning the trip. While deciding what restaurant to eat. Maybe your friend wants to bring a girl/boy back to the hotel and you want to rest. Or the other way around.
6. Do only what you want
The biggest advantage of the list. You want to go shopping and your friend wants to visit that retrofuturistic avant-garde art-museum. Of course you can just split up for the afternoon, but finding each other again for dinner is such a drag.
7. It might be cheaper
As you don’t have to do anything you don’t want, you also don’t have to pay for it. It’s as simple as that.
Have you travelled alone already? Tell me your tips in the comments!