5 Reasons to Travel When You’re Single!

Traveling with a girlfriend or boyfriend is loads of fun, of course. But there are also plenty of reasons why you should get out and travel while you’re single. If you aren’t sure whether you’ll have fun traveling as a single person, these five reasons are just the beginning. Traveling when you’re single can be liberating, empowering, and all kinds of fun.

Brenna Bustamante in Chiang Mai Thailand
Brenna Bustamante in Chiang Mai Thailand

You should travel while you’re single because it helps you discover yourself – who you want to be and who you want to be with. And at the end of the day, travel will help you love yourself more – an essential aspect of being in a relationship. – Brenna Bustamante of www.philippinetravelogue.com

1. Your Trip, Your Itinerary

If you decide to go on the trip of a lifetime, as a single person the trip is going to be all about you. You can put together a dream trip that includes the places that you want to stop, you can see the countries that you want to see, and you’ll be in charge of coming up with the itinerary. People may say that when they travel with a partner they are also doing what they want to do, but the fact is that as soon as you’re a couple, you’re doing things together. That can be nice, too, but enjoy the fact that as a single person you’re in control of every aspect of the trip. You’ll also be able to change plans, go off on a whim, or tag along with other travelers in a way that you probably wouldn’t do if you were with that special someone.

Brendan Lee in Tanzania
Brendan Lee in Tanzania

Because when you walk the open road with no one else to lean on, you’ll discover a whole new you, 100 times better than the one you used to know. Brendan Lee of www.Brenontheroad.com

2. Meeting People When You’re Single is Different

Maybe this is the most obvious reason, but it’s important to point out that you’re going to meet a lot of people when you travel. As a single person, you’ll be more likely to go out and mingle with people, meet locals, find clubs, get introduced to secret beaches. Couples that travel together have some of these kinds of experiences, too, but often it’s about being with your boyfriend or girlfriend. You’re going to meet a lot of people and you want to be open and ready to get to know them. Being single means being ready to meet people and have fun.

Oman Serapio in Sabtang Island Batanes
Oman Serapio in Sabtang Island Batanes

You should travel while you are still single to broaden your horizon and find your possible match. – Oman Serapio of www.lawstude.net

3. When you Want to Chill and Relax, You Can

Sometimes travel is about hitting all the hot spots, finding the next adventure, or experiencing as much of a place as you can. And other times, you just want to chill. As a single person, you control the tempo of your travel. You’ll never be slowing someone else down or forcing them to go on adventures when they would rather be at the beach all day. When you are deciding whether or not to go out to the bars, you only have to ask yourself if that’s what you feel like doing.

Lauren in Laguna Philippines
Lauren in Laguna Philippines

Because you never know who you’ll meet. Travel brings about this delightful cataclysmic change within us, like we are bursting with energy and excitement. Suddenly we want to talk to everyone and experience every single thing a place has to offer. As someone alone and unencumbered, this could very well mean that you’ll ride off into the sunset like Indiana Jones, off to attain a great conquest. Good luck Traveler! – Lauren Gaile of www.pandelicious.com

4. Nobody Back Home is Waiting for You

When you meet the love of your life, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to be as into traveling as you are. They may enjoy some kinds of travel and not others. If you wait to go on the adventures you want to go on, you may end up leaving that person behind. And traveling on your own with someone waiting for you back home can be a big bummer. You’ll meet people, you’ll see things, and you’ll be wishing your partner was there with you.

Aleah in Pamilacan Island
Aleah in Pamilacan Island

If you’re single, traveling can give you a lot of opportunity to meet people–people whom you share similar interests with and with whom you can share similar experiences. I met my boyfriend in a hostel in Saigon in 2012, and we’d been to 3 countries since then. Is he the one? I don’t know, but I’m certainly glad that our travels had brought us together! Aleah of www.solitarywanderer.com

5. That Person Might be Out There 

You never know who you’ll meet while you’re out doing the things you love to do. Maybe you’ll have an intense romance that can’t possibly last in the long term. Or maybe you’ll meet someone who becomes your lifelong travel buddy.

There are many places to go and people to meet. Go and see those places and meet those people. You’ll grow into yourself and be happy that you went for it while you were still single.

  1. Pandelicious says

    I’ve honestly had my fill of Date a __ who ___ 😛 Because at the end of the day we all travel JUST BECAUSE WE WANT TO, single or not and we all have fun anyway. 😛 Damn, i want that Big Buddha Breakfast you keep posting on Instagram <3

  2. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com says

    There are a lot of reasons why it’s good to travel when you’re single. These 5 are some of the best of them. 🙂

  3. Kirk Acebron says

    At single pa pala si Atty. Oman???? TRUEEEE? haha.

  4. singlesupplement says

    here’s my comparative list pros and cons.

    pros to traveling single:
    1. your trip, your itinerary just like above
    2. Flexibility to alter trip and move at your own pace at a whim. sort of #1.
    3. Carrying only your luggage. If you’re male your likely to have to carry most of the
    ladies stuff too.
    4. Possibility of meeting someone.
    Cons to traveling single
    1. Safety – criminals target those alone much more
    2. You’ll feel out of place and more alone around couples and the mainly couples orientated activities. Singles trips usually work for outgoing good looking people and not the average joe or mary. I find many of the activities demeaning. These trips frequently have activities to try and force people together which can become more depressing when you don’t “hook up” and others do.
    3. Cost – you own all the burden and pay single supplement.
    4. At restaurants/tight seating arrangements and bars you can loose your seat if you get up and also typically get worse service. Noone will back you up.
    5. Pictures are less fun and much less meaningful when its just you.
    6. You aren’t sharing the adventure with someone that you can relive the experience with later. Many couples that separate loose all those memories…course they are building new ones. 🙂
    7. You’ll loose the advantage of team work. “You get in line, I’ll get the tickets”.
    8. If you are male and you are single you are typically more threatening to others and others can be less likely to engage you.
    9. The pity/loser look others give you when you’re trying to have fun on your own or sitting by yourself with others all around engage with their counterparts or families.
    10. Unless you do hook up romantic special moments don’t occur.

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