Want to travel alone? Here are 12 reasons why you should
There are numerous reasons why travelling is good for you. Maybe you’re headed for burnout and you need some time to fill up the batteries, or you’re genuinely interested in finding new places, meeting other cultures and people and broadening your horizons. However, sometimes we are giving up the travelling experience only because we don’t have someone to go with. Don’t make this stop you from having a fantastic time. Deciding to travel alone can be great, and even benefit your overall health. That’s why we decided to give you 12 reasons why you should travel alone.
If you really want to know yourself, travel alone
Once in a while, everyone should have the opportunity to have some alone time with themselves. Modern age made us all speed up our tempo. Constant multitasking at work as well as in private life, distractions like computers, phones and gadgets we’re using to make ourselves more productive are actually making us more stressed than ever. We don’t even have enough time to figure out what we really want and where we’re headed.
That’s why you should go and travel alone, leave all this rush behind and give yourself some time and space to evaluate where are you standing and where you want to be. You don’t want to wake up one morning realising you failed your own life? Take control into your hands in time and use the opportunity to get to know yourself. Without other people to distract you will be able to determine what you want faster and better.
You don’t have to meet anyone’s needs
Travelling in pair is incredible. However deciding to travel alone, once in a while, is even better. When you travel in a company, you’re always adjusting to that person. That doesn’t happen when you’re travelling alone. By deciding to travel alone, you’re actually judging to meet only your needs. There are no compromises. You do whatever makes you happy without any guilt or worry you might be boring someone to death.
You don’t have to worry about logistics
Coordinating your already busy schedule can be tough. But planning a trip with another, as busy as you, a person can turn into a total disaster that you actually start hating the mere thought of travelling and vacation. By deciding to travel alone, you’re actually avoiding all this drama and stress. You’re the master of your own schedule, take action and go travel alone.
Travelling alone is much needed for the ones who dread even sitting alone in a coffee shop. All of us have some fears. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything on conquering them. Take a plunge and free yourself, you will feel much better. And deciding to travel alone is the most empowering way to do it.
Absence makes our hearts grow fonder
Sometimes we just need a bit of time off, even if we’re in the happiest relationship ever. Many people fail to realise what they have simply because they never got the opportunity to miss them and understand how lucky they are. And we’re not talking only about partner relationship. By deciding to travel alone, you actually have the opportunity to get some perspective on how much your family and friends mean to you, where should you improve and know what you’re doing great.
Travelling alone relieves you from the drama
No matter how much you loved your friends and family sometimes, they know to be real torturers. And they are not even sorry for it! They know how much you love them and value their friendship and they count on your putting up with their stuff. When you decide to travel alone, you are just stating you don’t want to listen to anybody crying over lousy dinner in a restaurant, how tired or sleepy there are, etc.… By travelling alone, you’re actually saying goodbye to the drama other people might bring.
You will become a problem solver
When you’re travelling in a pair, you feel that extra security. Simply, if something goes wrong, you will find the solution together. However, that doesn’t happen when you decide to travel alone. You are depending on your skill set exclusively, and nobody will save you unless you do it yourself. Even if this sounds a bit scary, it will actually help you boost your confidence level and turn you into a much better person then you were before.
You will become more proactive
Travelling alone will toughen you in any possible way you might imagine. But, what’s more important, it will give you the right amount of initiative to fight for yourself. When you travel alone, you need to do everything by yourself. Nobody will find the accommodation if you don’t look for it yourself, nor it will see that street you were looking for unless you take a map and find it. After the experience where you really need to take care of yourself and your needs, you will have an easier time asking the same thing when you come home. Guess who won’t miss the promotion this year?
It builds up your social skills
Travelling alone can be an excellent opportunity to meet new people. When you’re travelling in a company you rarely feel the need to go out and socialize, you and your company are pretty much self-sufficient. However, when you are alone, you might have a better opportunity to look around and actually see the people surrounding you. Many of them decided to travel alone as well and would like to share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Or you can just go and find some events with the locals involved and try making your memories. This might ease up day to day functioning for the introvert ones, who will be braver when it comes to creating new friendships even after they come home from travels.
You will find out that getting lost can be amazing
When you’re travelling in a company, everything needs to be scheduled and planned merely because you and your travel buddies can differ when it comes to what you should see and do. However, when you travel alone, you can let yourself be more spontaneous than ever and even get lost! Even if it might seem scary at first, this is an excellent opportunity to explore and make one of a kind experience. On top of that, you will feel braver!
It will make you more employable
This might sound odd, but it’s actually true. It seems like the CVs as we know them are things of the past. Employers are more and more looking for people who have real hands-on experience, mind the paper. By travelling alone, you will get an excellent skill set you can use even when it comes to finding a new job. Travelling alone will make you more proactive, resourceful and knowledgeable and it can be put to good use when you’re fighting for a better position at work.
Time for romance
You might feel like this is a cliché, but you can use the time to travel alone to find your significant other. Actually, it turns out millennials are prone to doing just that. Meeting someone in a park or a coffee shop or turning Tinder on to meet new people… The world is your oyster.
As we have said before, there are plenty of good reasons why you should travel. It will boost your morale, make you more productive and prevent you from burnout. We might say there is not a single reason why you shouldn’t book your ticket right now and start experiencing the amazingness of travelling. If you’re up for it, we prepared for you the list of hot destinations for March 2019. Don’t be afraid to travel alone, we might give you enough reasons why you shouldn’t.
A cat enthusiast and a cupcake maniac, Ana is a freelance Content Writer passionate about HR, productivity, and team management topics. When she’s not at her keyboard, you can find Ana in the kitchen, trying to make delicious cookies.