5 Advantages of Travelling Alone

5 Advantages of Travelling Alone

Last update: 18 April, 2018

Travelling alone is an unforgettable experience. All who have done it recommend it. It is a way of travelling unlike all others. It’s is not about what country you travel to, travelling alone is a journey towards yourself.

Almost everyone in the world feels a little insecure when it comes to the idea of travelling alone. This is especially true if it involves travel to another country or another culture. It is not exactly a jump into the abyss, but it feels like it. What’s more, no matter how much you plan there will always be surprises and the need to improvise.

No one said that you will have only good experiences when travelling alone. Even in groups there are likely to be a few bad experiences. Nevertheless, those who choose to walk the path of travelling solo will find a wealth of new experiences. You will learn a lot and grow a lot if you pack your suitcase and take a solo trip to another place. Here are five advantages of solo travel to keep in mind when planning your next trip.

Paul Theroux

1. Travelling alone teaches you about yourself

Travelling alone is a way to increase the knowledge you have of yourself. Of course, each day we are learning a little more about ourselves. However, being alone in an unusual place causes many new facets of our personality to emerge. Facets that we were completely unaware of.

To be sure, you will more clearly see your fears and your bravery.  Sometimes, you will surprise yourself. You shouldn’t take this experience as a challenge of your value. In order for it to enrich your life, the best thing to do is let the trip flow and be yourself.

man travelling alone

2. Reflections and changes

Travelling to a new place immediately gives you a distinct perspectiveIt produces a type of parenthesis in time, which allows you to reflect. It is possible that, after living this experience, you will see the life you left behind with new eyes.

You won’t be the same after you travel alone. Before, during, and after your trip you will see changes in your way of being. Even if you go to another place and never set foot outside of your hotel, only looking out the window, you will be transformed in some small way. And it will always be for the better, because now you will understand your own point of view better.

3. Increase your social skills

No matter how reserved or timid you are, travelling alone will make you leave your old habits behind. You will not have anyone to speak to. You must go alone. Most likely, without knowing how, you will find yourself talking comfortably with people you don’t know.

woman on train

It is also likely that the locals, no matter where you go, will talk to travelers who are alone. If you are with someone, it closes the circle. Others will see this group, of two or more, as a barrier to interaction. On the other hand, when you travel alone people are more likely to want to talk with you.

4. Freedom reigns

Travelling alone is an opportunity to do exactly what you want, how you want, and when you want. If you want to get up at noon, perfect. If you want to go shopping, marvelous. There is no one to tell you that they are already tired or bored.

You can also make your own rhythm. You are not obligated to anyone. The only limits are the ones you yourself place. There is no work, no compromises, nobody to mark your borders. It is an immeasurably useful occasion to enjoy what you most like to do.

5. Leave all your problems behind

If you travel alone, you won’t have any reminders of the routine and life you are leaving behind. There is no one that will start a conversation about your family, your work, your way of life, or plans you have. You are where you are. You are an unknown. No one knows anything about you. They will only learn the things you want them to learn about yourself.

man sat in field

Travelling alone is a great way to cut ties with everything. Especially problems. Of course, you will eventually think of them, but only if you wish and only to the point you want. “Being lost” in an unknown place is a way to find yourself.

This does not mean that problems disappear. They will be there when you come back, but when you take a breath, you will surely observe them from another perspective. You will be able to make decisions safely and find solutions. Now, to make travelling alone a positive experience, you will have to prepare yourself for it emotionally.

Travelling alone is an ideal experience for those moments when you are in “I want to cut ties with everything” mode. Almost all those who have travelled alone do so again. There must be a reason.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.