Traveling is something that I have a huge passion for and I tend to take every chance I get to go somewhere. Even if I have been to that country or city before. It is a thrill like no other and I am not afraid to go by myself. In fact, I tend to prefer traveling alone than with others for many reasons. Many people may shy away from that, but for me, it isn’t so lonely as one might assume.
There are so many people out there who will say “Let’s all travel somewhere” and those that are “ready to buy a ticket”, but when it comes down to it, they are not always as ready as they say. That doesn’t mean that you have to wait for them to be ready in order to travel! Go by yourself! If we all sit around and wait for someone to travel with us, we can end up waiting forever and never get to go anywhere. That is what got me to try traveling alone in the beginning. I started by studying abroad by myself and then taking trips around Europe on my own.
It Gives You Freedom
Since you are traveling alone, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can wake up early or sleep in, eat where and when you want, go wherever you want, it’s all up to you. That is one of my favorite things about traveling on your own. There is no need to settle to do something that you are not interested in.
You Can Build Self-Confidence and Discover Yourself
Believe it or not, traveling on your own will build or boost your self-confidence and it can also help you discover yourself in general. You will overcome various obstacles and feel good that you were able to get through them on your own. You can reflect back on your decisions and find things out about yourself that you didn’t know or maybe didn’t think were possible!
If you are someone who likes to eat slowly and take their time at restaurants, you may not always be a good company for those who eat fast. Traveling alone means that you can spend as little or as much time doing what you want. You won’t have to make any compromises, be dragged to museums you aren’t interested in or feel pressured to go out on nights you want to stay in.
Your Days of Being Indecisive Will Be Over
You will be making all of the decisions on your own. You will surprise yourself at how simple making the decision as to whether or not to do something is or where you want to eat. Plus, if you find it too difficult, you can always do both! You won’t have another choice but to make the decisions on your own. Later on, when you do end up traveling with someone, you will (hopefully) be able to make the right ones.
Chance to Meet New People
Being an introvert – it is hard for me to make new friends; however, traveling alone doesn’t mean that you have to be by yourself the entire time – which is a common misconception. Most people who stay in hostels while traveling end up becoming friends with others that are staying there as well. There are also many apps that can connect you with people who are just like you or are interested in some of the same things that you like!
Time and Space to Declutter Your Mind
Aside from exploring on your own, you will also have the time and space to relax, unwind, as well as clear your head of all kinds of things. Embracing the beautiful scenic views can help you let go of all that is on your mind. Time by yourself can be more comforting than scary.
Catch Up On Things
Finding the time at home to get your work done or even your favorite hobbies can be hard. Doing them while traveling alone is not a bad idea. You will have the peace and quiet along with the time to catch up on what it is that you need to get done. This includes reading your favorite book, exercising, and more!
I never really discovered my passion for traveling until I did it on my own. I was nervous at first, of course, but I was also incredibly excited. Of course, I love traveling with other people, but sometimes I just want my own space and to do everything my way. That makes traveling alone perfect for me. It is an experience that I think everyone should try at some point in their life.
If you love traveling, but don’t have anyone to go with, you don’t have an excuse not to go by yourself. Take a risk and try traveling alone!
Have you ever traveled by yourself? How did it go? Let me know!