5 reasons why travelling solo is the most rewarding option

The idea of travelling solo strikes fear into the hearts and minds of many. This is understandable, especially if you haven’t travelled much before, but it’s important to remember there are plenty of positives to going it alone.

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Freedom, flexibility, and the chance to conquer whatever’s been holding you back are just some of the benefits — take the plunge and you’ll soon discover how independent and resourceful you can really be. The first time I did it was in Montreal, and you can find out why I think it is the perfect place for travelling solo here.

But for now, here are five reasons why travelling solo is so rewarding…

1. It’s a chance to overcome your fears

With no one else to rely on, you’ll quickly learn what you’re capable of, especially when faced with (possibly unexpected) challenges.

Whether it’s putting a few words of a foreign language to use at the train station or finding your way back to your accommodation after a long day, the opportunities to feel the fear and do it anyway are always waiting.

You may also use your trip as a chance to conquer an adventure activity you’ve always wanted to try — canyon swinging, anyone?

Naturally, safety will be your number-one priority, and fortunately there are plenty of guides to staying safe on the road online, as outlined by 1Cover*. It’s worth quizzing other travellers about their time in your destination, too, in case they have any useful insights and tips on what to avoid.

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2. You’ll become more comfortable with being out of your comfort zone

Most of us aren’t used to spending so much time alone, so that in itself may well be the first challenge for many first-time solo travellers.

As your trip progresses, you’ll find that things that used to bother you, such as flying pr eating alone, no longer cause quite so much trepidation. You’ll learn to rely on yourself, enjoy your own company and go into unfamiliar situations with newfound confidence.

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3. It’s easier to befriend others

People are more approachable when they’re on their own than when they’re in groups, so chances are you’ll find it easier to strike up a conversation with someone.

Hostels are a great place to meet fellow travellers and get advice from others who are in the same situation as you, or you could try sitting at the bar in a restaurant, instead of at a table. In fact, bar staff are often some of the best people to ask for recommendations in the area.

It’s also easier to talk to locals when you’re by yourself. They’re often delighted to have an opportunity to share their insights and give you an idea of what life is really like in their town or city.

Remember: travelling by yourself doesn’t always mean being alone. Unexpected encounters often form some of the best memories of a trip.

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4. You don’t need to compromise

Travelling alone means you can focus solely on what you want to do and experience. You don’t need to worry about pleasing any travel companions and can organise the trip however you see fit.

You also have complete control over the budget, which means you can do what’s best for you in a financial sense as well. (Not sure how to save money on the road? Nomadic Matt’s guide has some handy advice.)

5. You’re free to be spontaneous

Last-minute excursion with fellow travellers staying in your hostel? No problem. Want to move onto the next city a day earlier? Feel free.

There’s no need to plan your time rigidly (unless you want to!) so enjoy the flexibility solo travel allows.

Whether you immediately start planning your next solo adventure or decide to call it quits and see the world with companions, the personal growth you’ll see from travelling alone makes the experience well worth it. It’s something everyone should try at least once, so what are you waiting for?

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14 Comments

  1. Charli B
    May 23, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I’ve always thought about travelling on my own but then I love having someone around me, I think I would become quite lonely. Although I do love the sense of finding a new found freedom for myself x

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 23, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      The first time I travelled alone I was worried about the same thing so I started with a weekend and then slowly increased it. But if it isn’t for you then it isn’t for you, simple as x

  2. May 24, 2018 / 5:48 am

    I totally agree with these, I’ve been away on my own a few times and it’s been quite refreshing being able to do exactly what I want when I want x

  3. ChelseaMamma
    May 24, 2018 / 8:16 am

    I wish I had taken the opportunity to travel before I had a family. Now I always have small people in tow

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 24, 2018 / 10:14 am

      I’m going on holiday with my family soon, which now includes a two-year-old and a nine-month-old. It’s going to be a very new experience for me!

  4. May 24, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I agree with all of these points – I’ve only just began to travel alone and I love it. The last time I went I did get a bit lonely in the evenings, but I made the mistake of staying in a hotel room alone! This time around, I know better and will book into a hostel x

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 25, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Yes the evenings can be the worse! I always try to go for a drink. Once in Montreal someone came over and asked if i had been stood up lol. When I explained they invited me to join them and their friends. It was lovely!

  5. simplysensationalfood
    May 24, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    I have travelled on my own but I have never gone on holiday on my own before.I would worry about being lonely.

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 25, 2018 / 8:24 am

      I know what you mean, but I do enjoy a short break to myself x

  6. May 25, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I love the thought of travelling alone. I’m so comfortable in my own company I think it would be a wonderful experience. Much easier than going with a big group, haha.

    Katie xoxo

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 25, 2018 / 8:23 am

      Oh you should definitely do it then! I felt really proud of myself the first time I did xx

  7. May 27, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Great post! I have travelled alone and agree, it’s a chance to overcome fears and become a lot more confident in the process.

  8. May 27, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I agree with you 100%. I love traveling solo, but I also at times wish my kids were with me.

    • mattielaceydavidson
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 11:40 am

      I don’t have kids but I am sure that would make it more difficult for you xx

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