Experience the perks and pros of solo travel
Going on vacation and seeing the world with your family and friends is always a great experience. But then again, traveling alone can be quite the experience, too! If you’re not sold on the idea just yet, here’s a list of 10 reasons why you should say yes to solo travel adventures more often!
1. You’re free to do whatever you want
When you travel alone, you can do what you want, whenever you want, and wherever you want! You don’t wait for anyone other than yourself. It sounds a little self-indulgent in the onset, but isn’t that the point of solo travel?
2. You’ll control everything
Everything about the trip is completely up to you. You call the shots–the itinerary, lodging, pace, you name it! And because you don’t have to worry about anyone else, you can change your plans on a whim. You can switch out your Tokyo Sightseeing Bus Day Tour for a Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Tour in a snap!
3. You’ll become more independent
Solo travel helps you become independent since you don’t have anyone else to rely on. You make decisions and discoveries all on your own. Navigating unfamiliar territories and making friends with strangers helps boost your confidence, too!
4. You’ll build up your confidence
Going solo on a trip is an act of bravery. Think about it. You’ll be stepping out of your comfort zone and going into a whole new territory. It sounds a little scary, but entering the unknown and making your own travel decisions can help build your confidence. This way, you’ll be ready to face any scenario that comes your way!
5. You’ll meet more people
People often relate solo travel with being lonely. Nothing could be further from the truth! On the contrary, traveling alone will actually encourage you to meet more people. Because you’re not forced to stay with your travel group, you can easily find some company with the locals. The best thing about getting friendly with the locals is they can help you get that real out-of-town experience!
6. You can keep things simple
Everything is just simpler when you travel alone. Getting plane tickets, hotel reservations, and entrance stubs are quick and easy when you’re only booking for one.
7. You’ll focus more on your destination
When you travel with your family or friends, it’s usually because you guys want to get together and have fun. Don’t get us wrong! Bonding with family and friends is always great, but when you’re traveling in large groups, it’s easy to lose sight of the exciting things around you. Because you don’t have to worry about other people in your group, you can focus on the star of the whole trip–your destination.
8. You’ll make mistakes (and that’s okay!)
When you’re on a solo travel trip, you’re less pressured to get things right. You can miss your stop at the train or take the wrong turn. And when you do, you won’t hear offhanded comments like “ikaw kasi eh!” or “you read the map wrong!” from anyone. You’ll make mistakes (which is totally fine!) that you can learn and grow from.
9. You’ll get to discover yourself
It’s not easy to travel solo. Venturing out on your own in a foreign land can be daunting. But then again, once you get the hang of making your own decisions, you’ll start getting to know yourself even better. Solo travel is an exciting way to discover who you are, as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
10. You’ll feel a sense of fulfillment
Being independent and decisive on an ordinary day is already hard to do. Imagine doing both all while being in a foreign country where you don’t know anyone! The point is that traveling alone is an accomplishment all on its own. When you do decide to travel solo, you’ll see it as an achievement to be proud of.
So, what are you waiting for? Next time you’re bitten by the travel bug and inspired to see a little bit of the world, book yourself a solo travel trip to wherever! It’s a decision you most definitely won’t regret. Safe travels!
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