Are you thinking about going on a holiday or maybe backpacking for a longer period of time but hesitant about doing this on your own? Don’t worry, many travelers share the same worries but decide to make this trip anyway.
When announcing that you’re going traveling by yourself, you might receive or expect a few negative reactions like: “Wouldn’t you be lonely?”, “Don’t you have any friends to go with?” or “Are you sure that it’s save?” The fact is that quite a few people wouldn’t understand why you should start such an endeavor.
But if you dream of visiting places that excites you, don’t let not having a travel buddy stop you. And in the end, you’ll be glad you did this trip on your own, here is why!
You can do whatever you want
On your own you can do whatever you please without having to take another ones wishes into account. If you want to sleep in until 1 PM, be my guest. Want to do an adventurous activity? No scared companion that is holding you back. You change your itinerary along the way? Good for you! This really is a big thing.
It’s easier to make new friends
Think you’re the only solo traveler? Think again! On the road there are plenty of like minded people that also want to explore the world. A person by himself is much easier to talk to than a couple or a group of people. Within no time you’ll make new buddies. Some for only for a pleasant conversation in the bus and others you’ll be hanging out with for a couple of days or maybe weeks.
I’ve heard multiple stories of people that insisted on having someone to go abroad with. Unfortunately they were so blinded with that thought that just anyone would do. Introverts ended up going with party people and were miserable that they decided to continue on their own anyways. This is a huge waste of your time and money, just start on your own and see where the road takes you.
You get in touch with the locals
Local people in the country you’re visiting are interested in you. Especially when you’re on your own. Don’t be surprised if they’ll invite you for a meal or enjoy a long and interesting conversation about your cultural differences. The locals in Asia want to know all about you and a solo traveler is much easier to get to know.
Choose between interaction or alone time
Traveling on your own doesn’t mean you have to be alone. You can join your new friends with activities, but you can also choose to be alone. Just read a book or wander through an unknown city with only your thoughts can be liberating.
Still hesitant about a solo trip? Leave a comment what’s stopping you.