The idea of travelling solo sounds scary but, in reality, there are so many perks to becoming a lone ranger! Here are just 5 reasons why you should give it a go at least once!
You can do what you want, when you want
Wake up one morning feeling a little under the weather and want to stay in bed watching Netflix all day? Have a sudden urge to cook up a storm in the middle of the night? Want to spend hours perusing the shops and trying things on? When travelling alone, you can do exactly as you please! No need to consider someone else, make compromises or feel guilty. Plus, if last minute opportunities arise, there's nobody to consult, you can just get up and go!
It challenges you
Travelling alone forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and do/try new things without a buddy doing the same right beside you. Similarly, when issues arise, you'll have to solve them by yourself. Through this, you'll learn so much about yourself, develop greater independence and boost your confidence.
When travelling with existing friends, it’s easy to only talk to each other, particularly if you're surrounded by people who speak another language. While it's nice to always have someone to talk to, it also means that you might not chat to locals or other travellers as much as you could. Travelling alone forces you to forge friendships with locals and other travellers at hostels, bars or on public transport. Additionally, groups of people are less approachable than singles so it might encourage more people to approach you too!
YOU control the money
Money is always complicated as everyone has different spending habits, attitudes and priorities. As a solo traveller, you have the final (and only) say on every dollar you spend. Blow bucket loads on Michelin-star restaurants, or splurge on stunning accommodation, if that's what you're into. Save your pennies by only taking public transport, or make your money go further by only visiting free museums and galleries, if you're feeling a little skint.
YOU'll feel way more satisfied at the end
You came, you saw, you conquered! When your adventure comes to an end, you'll be able to reflect on a trip which was everything you wanted it to be, and more. Back home, you can share stories of your adventures with friends and family - add a little embellishment if you want, nobody will know better anyway!
So, what are you waiting for? grab a selfie stick and go see the world without your squad.