Have you ever considered vacationing alone? For some people, the mere thought of solo vacations makes them break out into a cold sweat. However, sometimes the best travel companion you can ever have is yourself. There are many reasons why you may be considering taking off across country or even overseas all by yourself, and you’re not alone.
The solo vacation industry has been growing astronomically over the past few years, and when you join a group, you aren’t actually by yourself. Instead, you get the benefits of solo travel as well as the advantages of a group adventure.
Most people who travel alone are treating themselves, either for a new job, a graduation, recovery from an illness, or just because they enjoy their own company. Here are some reasons why striking off on your own can be enjoyable and liberating.
You Can Do Exactly What You Want
Often, when you travel with a companion, compromises are made. You have to agree on travel dates, on where to go, where to stay, and what to eat. What do you do when you’re on the vacation of a lifetime and your companion doesn’t want to go see that museum or eat at that restaurant that’s at the very top of your list? Do you acquiesce and feel bitter? Do you insist and cause hard feelings? When you travel on your own, you can craft your itinerary exactly the way you want it.
Traveling Alone Can Help You Gain Confidence
Few things are more frightening than being in a strange new place all alone. However, when you take solo vacations, you may find that you’re far braver than you thought you were. It can be extremely liberating to test your limits and push yourself to do things you wouldn’t normally do. Strike up a conversation with that bartender or try out your high school French. You might just surprise yourself.
Solo Vacations Let You Get to Know Yourself Better
In today’s digital world, people are constantly surrounded by people and noise. Cell phones are always on, and most people rarely have the time or energy to just be alone with our own thoughts. Traveling alone can give you an opportunity to get to know yourself all over again. Read a book. Watch a sunset. Drink coffee in a Paris street café. Solo vacations give you time to do those quiet things that make you happy.
Traveling Alone Can Make It Easier to Stay Within Your Budget
Finances are a sensitive subject. It’s difficult when you’re traveling with someone who is in an entirely different tax bracket than you are. They may want to do something extravagant that you simply can’t afford, or your traveling companion might not be able to participate in something you want to do. Again, you’ll be forced to compromise. Traveling by yourself allows you to set your budget and stick to it.
If you have a special event coming up or want to celebrate a milestone, you might want to consider the benefits of solo vacations. Broaden your worldview, experience something new, feed your soul. At Adventures for Solo Travelers, we take solos on group tours to amazing spots all over the world. To learn more, contact us today.