The Perks of Travelling Solo
New York, NY, USA
The Perks of Travelling SoloTravelling on your own can be a daunting prospect, but anyone that has travelled on their own before will tell you that it’s an experience not to be missed. Even if you only do it once, travelling alone can be a rewarding experience, and give you memories that will stay with you for life. So pack your bags, pick a destination, and grab your passport
Planning your trip is easier!
Planning a trip with friends or family can be a stressful experience. One of you wants a city break, another wants a week filled with sun and sand, and someone else likes the idea of skiing down the Alps. Travelling alone gives you the benefit of being able to pick what you want to do, and when. There’s no struggle of working out where to go and who can get which days off of work, when the only person you have to worry about is yourself. The moment that email comes through confirming that you’re booked off of work, book your hotel and your flights and start getting excited.
You can be entirely selfish
Just like planning the holiday, while you’re in your chosen destination you can do whatever it is that takes your fancy. If you want to sleep in until 11? Sleep in until 11. If you want to go for that camel ride that your best friend would have been scared of? Good news, you can go. Travelling alone gives you much more freedom to choose what you do and don’t want to do, and all without the guilt. There’s no one to decide they want to stay in when you’ve planned a day out, or even the opposite, so you can spend your holiday doing and eating whatever takes your fancy.
You’ll get to know yourself
If there’s one thing that most of us don’t do enough of nowadays, it’s spending time with ourselves. Beyond the typical ‘me time’ of a boxset on Netflix and a glass of your tipple of choice, travelling on your own can help you learn all kinds of things about yourself that you’d never even thought of. You might learn that you like a food you might never have tried had you gone with a friend, you might realise that you don’t actually like city breaks at all when you spend the majority of your break going outside of the city, or you might find that you get bored laying on a beach all day for two weeks. You’ll learn how to deal with new situations and new people, and learn plenty about yourself and how you cope in these situations that you might not have learned otherwise.
You can rest when you want to rest
If you don’t want to go out one night, you don’t have to. It’s your holiday and you can do as you like, even if it does include sitting in bed for a day watching foreign shows on your hotel room’s TV. If you feel wiped out from your long flight or from walking around all day the night before, there is no pressure to go out again the next day, and if you do choose to go out you can spend the day resting in a park or laying on the sand. If it happens to be the afternoon and you feel tired, then nap. There are no rules telling you you need to be up early or sleep late, so if you want to rest, then rest. After all, travelling alone gives you the freedom to control your own itinerary.