10 Advantages of traveling alone
Yes, traveling alone for the first time can make you feel a little anxious. But what if we tell you that everything is not so scary and the benefits of this adventure will quickly make you forget this thought?
1. Everything is about you
A vacation with other people always requires a certain willingness to compromise. Sights, museums, restaurants and other hotspots want to be explored and each of the fellow travellers has different priorities. Would you like to spend a vacation where you don’t have to consider anyone else and you alone decide what your day will look like? Then this is the right place for you.
2. Meet interesting local people
Traveling in a group usually means spending most of your time with your fellow travellers. Individual contacts are hard to come by and we miss out on really interesting people. However, if you are traveling alone, it often happens by itself and the first contact is made faster.
3. You have time for yourself
You want to sleep in for a day, stay in bed and read a good book? But your fellow travellers have already planned the whole day and you feel somehow obliged to spend the day with them? But if you travel alone, you set the pace and you can spend the day exactly the way you want.
4. Digital abstinence – a time out from everything
Photos here, a vlog there, everything is shared on Instagram and Facebook and the relaxation is gone. Another benefit of traveling alone is that you decide whether you want to take a break from the world out there or stay connected. You’ll notice that during this time, you’ll get to know yourself all over again and discover other sides of yourself.
5. Get out of the comfort zone
If you’re traveling alone, you’ll have to take care of everything yourself. What sounds negative at first is a great chance to get out of your comfort zone. You become more responsible and get to know local people, who often put your language skills to the test.
6. Expand your language skills
If you’re traveling alone, you can’t avoid situations that require you to speak a foreign language. Before, a member of the travel group usually took care of it – now it’s up to you. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can learn a new language when you need to. Don’t worry, once you’ve done it, you’ll be much more relaxed the second time in those situations.
7. Your self-confidence will increase
Not only because you had to manage everything on your own so far, but also because your foreign language skills were challenged. Maybe you are traveling to a country that has no social security system and you have to make your own way? Entering unknown territory is a perfect way to grow by your challenges.
8. Decisions have to be made – by you
No other traveler is there to make decisions for you. All of this is now up to you. How do you want to organize your day? Where will you go tomorrow and when will your journey continue? You will learn to set your own priorities, and you will also have no problem mastering any challenges that might arise.
9. Less stress when traveling
Annoying vendors on the beach, roadside sellers, or tour guides who won’t take “no” for an answer. All this usually happens when you are traveling in a group. However, when traveling alone, it is easier to blend in with the locals and get to know the life of a native.
10. Time and inspiration for new projects
Take a quiet walk by the lake, or lie under the stars in the evening and think. Now you have all the time you need to recharge your batteries and let your creativity run wild. You’re planning new projects and have already gathered inspiration on your previous adventure? Great! Always have a pad and pen with you. The best ideas always come when you are relaxed and feel comfortable.