Solo travel can be scary, but it can also be wonderful, life-changing, unforgettable and have a seriously good impact on your day-to-day life. I’m a firm believer that solo travel makes you more independent, and here are some of the reasons why…
You eat alone
Lets face it, eating alone can be scary. There’s the awkward moment where you have to ask for the dreaded ‘table for one, please‘, and usually get shown to the worst table in the restaurant.
Eating alone probably isn’t something you’re used to in your everyday life, because you have your friends, family or partner to go out for fun lunches and dinners with, but when you’re travelling alone you don’t have that security blanket.
It’ll force you to try to enjoy your own company. Bring a book, indulge in a little people watching, chat to those around you. Do whatever feels right to make the experience easier and more comfortable for you.
You have to look after your budget
Unless you’re incredibly rich (props to you if you are!) you probably have a rough budget that you want to stick to when you’re travelling. Travelling solo means that you are 100% in charge of your cash and what you spend it on. You have to make choices that’ll keep you living within your means,
You choose exactly what you want to do
At home it’s often easy to get swept up in going to that bar because your friends want to, visiting that museum that your partner has been dying to go etc etc. When you’re travelling solo you actually have to decide exactly what you do and don’t want to do, without the input of anyone else and that can be incredibly liberating.
You have to get yourself from A to B
When you’re travelling solo it means that you alone are responsible for making sure you don’t miss your flight, that you catch the right bus from the airport to your hotel, that you don’t sleep in for your tour or you don’t get lost walking around whilst exploring. You have to rely on your own skills, be organised and be smart about where you’re going.
This makes you so much more independent than relying on someone else that you’re travelling with to tell you where to go, which bus you should be getting and what street your hotel is on.