If you put off your holiday plans last year because you had no company, we have for you several reasons why solo travel is fun. This year, the best thing you can do for yourself is take that much needed break from everyday life and enjoy a well deserved vacation. And since it is always good to try out new things at least once, these reasons why solo travel is fun should help convince you that a solitary holiday is an awesome idea!
1. Choose Your Own Dates
One of the best reasons why solo travel is fun is getting to pick your own holiday dates. No having to coordinate with five people, none of whom can ever get the same ten days off in a year or having to take a holiday at a time which is inconvenient to you but which suits your travel mates. Travelling alone means you can go whenever you want. Sounds fun right?
2. Pick Your Own Destination(s)
The biggest perk of solo travel is picking where you go. Want to backpack across Europe? Sure. Want to spend all your time lying on the beaches in Bali? Do it. Want to travel around your own country? No problem. Travelling alone lets you go where you want. So pick a place that you’ve always wanted to visit ever since you were a child and pack those bags!
3. Fix Your Own Travel Budget
When you’re travelling with friends, decisions are made as a group. And so sometimes, your holiday could end up getting a little too heavy on your pocket. I know that has happened with me a couple of times. But when travelling alone, you can spend as much or as little money as you want to, without feeling guilty or ashamed.
4. Do What You Want to
Solo travel allows you the freedom of doing what you want on a holiday. So you could spend all day walking around a museum without listening to a friend grumble or you could just lounge by the pool with your favorite book and a martini and not have to justify your day to anyone. You can wake up every morning and ask yourself “what do I do today” and then you go ahead and do just that! Sounds like the perfect holiday right?
5. Enjoy Solitary Meals
This is something most people are afraid to try out but I know from personal experience that eating alone can be quite liberating. When travelling alone, you’ll spend a lot of time eating by yourself and I’m pretty certain you’ll learn to enjoy it more than you ever expected. There is something very relaxing in sitting alone in a pretty café with your favorite book or magazine or even a travel guide and enjoying a lovely meal in the middle of the day.
6. Meet New People
Travelling alone gives you the best opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. All you need to do is start talking to the person sitting next to you on the plane or someone who is also eating alone at the table next to yours at a café. You’ll be surprised how friendly people are, how different they are from you and yet you have so much in common with each other, and how much you’ll cherish these friends from your solo travels.
7. Rediscover Yourself
Solo travel allows you to rediscover yourself in a way that just isn’t possible when you’re caught up in everyday life. You are finally able to sit quietly and hear yourself think. You could even experiment with something new when travelling like trying out new foods or trying to learn the local language. Anything to enrich your personality and give you a bunch of interesting stories to share once you’re back home right?
As daunting as it may seem at first, solo travel can be quite the fun experience. Not only do you challenge yourself by doing something new, you’re also allowing yourself to be part of a learning experience. So the next time you’re planning a holiday and you’re trying to get a friend to come along with you, remember these reasons why solo travel is fun, and maybe you’ll finally end up on a solo vacation! Have you ever been on a solo holiday? Tell us why you think they’re fun!