Solo Traveling: Are there Benefits?

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Thomas Jefferson once said, “One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more”. People love to travel, and sometimes the real essence of traveling can only be achieved when you decide to travel alone. While common belief dictates that traveling alone is unsafe, I believe the contrary, that it is quite safe and doesn’t pose any severe risk.

Clelia Mattana in Boracay
Clelia Mattana in Boracay

“I found that Traveling alone is the best way to discover the true colors of 2 separate worlds: the one out there with its people, places and new cultures and the one inside yourself filled with emotions, fears and courage. When these two worlds collide you will find the real meaning of traveling!” – Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

Here are the some of the advantages and benefits you can gain from solo traveling:

1. Increase in confidence: Confidence is the epitome of personality, and therefore, the more you travel alone, the better it is going to get in a good way. While self confidence is great, over confidence is not that good; when you travel alone you will come to know the difference between the two. When one visits a new place it’s like experiencing a whole new world, new people, new faces and even new realizations. And when you travel alone you don’t have anyone to help you with your problems; you are the boss of your own travels, you have to open up, talk to people, tell them what you want, ask them where to go, and  take their advice on places to visit. In this way, you will have a great chance to develop your personality and at the same time meet new friends.

Ian dela Pena in Taiwan
Ian dela Pena in Taiwan

“I love traveling solo because it lets me explore my destination without hesitation, allowing me to move from one place to another saving time making me experience more of life and meet more friends.” – Ian dela Pena of Brownmantrips.com

2. Overcoming your fears: If you haven’t experienced traveling alone, let me tell you something: it’s a great chance to get out of your comfort zone. Once you overcome your fears, you will become the hero of your own travel tale: these are probably the most interesting travel stories to hear from a traveler. By traveling alone, not only will you enjoy freedom, you will also develop skills in planning, time management and problem solving.

Aleah in Nurnberg Germany
Aleah in Nurnberg Germany

“The best thing I love about traveling alone is the complete freedom to do what I want, when I want–something that’s compromised when you travel with someone else.” – Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer

3. No fussy Companions: Yes, companions can be fussy. When you travel in a group or as a member of a tour, you are bound to do what the others do. In such situations you are unable to do what you want to, and might miss out on exploring the best side of your trip. To avoid such issues, travelling solo is the best option, as it will keep you from being dragged down by fussy companions.

Catherine Iblan in St. Peter's Cathedral in Italy
Catherine Iblan in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Italy

“Traveling solo allows me to connect the most to a new place I’m visiting. Without companions to distract me, I easily make friends when I visit a city/ country with either locals or other travellers; I am much more aware of my surroundings coz I’m not busy chatting away with friends plus I have to watch out for my safety. Also, solo travel gives me the freedom to do what I want, when I want and in the manner of my own choosing with nobody to criticize nor pressure me to do otherwise. It is my own way of recharging and spending time with me.” – Catherine Iblan of Seeking Felicity

4. Spending time with yourself: It’s very seldom that we have the opportunity to be alone. But when you travel solo, you have the wonderful opportunity to explore more about yourself. That’s right, you can find out who you really are. You can discover what you think about yourself, your travel goals, revise your bucket list; this can bring out the true beauty of traveling alone. At times, you might feel lonely, even feel dejected or stuck with your own travel plan, but these are all the amazing challenges that are going to make your solo trip the most memorable.

Mc Pol Cruz in San Juan La Union
Mc Pol Cruz in San Juan La Union

Whenever I travel alone, I get to know myself more and reflect about everything. You cannot build a strong, independent you if you can’t be alone. – Mc Pol Cruz of Weekend Sidetrip

Lauren Gaile in Qianmen Road, Beijing China
Lauren Gaile in Qianmen Road, Beijing China

“I love solo traveling because of the connections i would have not made had i been with a group. Being alone gives me the chutzpah to speak to other people and the freedom trash all my previous plans and just go wherever the wind blows. This makes for a much more exhilarating travel experience.” – Lauren Gaile of Pandelicious

5. Meet new people We are all human, and we can’t live in silence! Hence, when you take a solo trip you are the only person left to chat with, and that’s not such a good idea. Thus, meeting new people, chatting with them, and sharing your travel experiences that you have faced so far are all on the table to make your trip an unforgettable one.

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