Thinking of five reasons I love solo travel is easy. There is a certain stipulation that solo travellers be strong, determined and social, but this doesn’t just come to all people, it is learnt. This personal growth is one of the reasons solo travel should be undertaken by everyone in their twenties to thirties, so here are five more!
You can be whoever you want to be
Ever wanted to completely overhaul your personality because you don’t like the way people treat you (or the way you treat them)? Well here is your chance. Solo travel opens up the chance to become whoever you dreamed you could be. I was never reserved– I was always the loudest, craziest person in the room. After travelling solo, I learnt that sometimes I like the quiet, chilled me! My new friends describe me as ‘relaxed, chill and down to earth”, which too many of my old high school pals, will come as a complete shock. This doesn’t mean I am fake, no- I just had the opportunity to stop acting all the time and be the person I wanted to be and stop impressing other people.
You will learn faster than ever before
I recently wrote about the things you probably won’t be told about solo travel. This is one of them. You will learn SO quickly how to be an adult! You will have to set up accounts, budget like crazy, prepare meals day to day and seek out apartments. It is a little daunting but once you get these things sorted, you will have life skills that you can use forever!
It is completely up to you what you do each day
You probably THINK you do what you want, but do you really? Can you really stay in bed ALL DAY if you wanted? This is not a good thing sometimes. You can get VERY slack, very anti-social and very demotivated (all of which, I have been before) so make sure you have a plan, stay active and get your butt into action- your future is in YOUR hands.
The feeling of freedom
Oh how I love this feeling. It is my favourite part of being a solo traveller. After 3 years with my ex, I forgot how great it is to feel like you can make any choice without thinking of another. Not that you are being selfish, but it is nice to wake up and decide to fly to another country without permission!
Making friends via group tours
I love tours. I really, really do. I think I have made over ¼ of my forever-friends through group tours. I have met people from over 50 countries, I now have accommodation in most of them if I was to pop by and these people have given me many, many snippets of advice from cultures across the globe. Winning.