The thought of being alone in a new place may scare individuals. Some may find that taking a solo trip is one of the most exhilarating experiences they will ever get to experience. To find out if traveling solo is for you, have lunch alone and experience what it is like to focus on you.
Why Travel Alone?
Traveling solo can be self-indulgence because you are not negotiating time with individuals. You can eat whatever you want whenever you want. You can pace yourself throughout your trip.
Have you considered tour guide trips?
For those who cannot be completely alone, have you ever considered going on a tour alone? You will be with the same people throughout your trip, so you are bound to get to know each other. Sometimes, we stay within our inner circle, that we miss out on meeting people. I once went to Florida and met individuals who are California residents like myself. This made it easier to connect and get to know each other. When traveling, you might understand the language a little bit better than other travelers, so you become essential on their trip. I had a user who would ask me to go to the mall while in Ecuador because I could translate all the items he needed for his trip.
Is it safe to travel alone?
Although there is something to be said about safety in numbers, this question is really based on one’s lifestyle. Some travelers I have met go to public locations at night and only venture during the day. I know people think only about the fun portions of their trips, but at night, one may be washing clothes, spending time in the hotel’s gym or pool. In Italy, I laughed one day because I was adulting as oppose to going out at night. I learned from my traveling group that some individuals stay indoors during the night and plan their adventure early morning.
If you are an individual that is always alert, you should not worry BUT if you know yourself well, and feel you need known individuals, then solo traveling is not up to you. I realize that some may say that it is different for a man than for a woman, but many talented females write about their solo trips and share their personal insight on how to stay safe. When in Spain, many travelers broke away from their family to visit certain locations and then planned on connecting to another city or country.
Freedom to think
I find that traveling alone gives me the freedom to think. When no one is around, you can think about what makes you happy, who do you miss, what would you like to change about your life, or are you content? I use this time to reflect, and I find that I miss many wonderful people I have in my life. It’s like they say; absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sure, you can think at home – but how many times might that get interrupted by your daily routines.
Your selfie game will improve
The only downside of traveling alone is that you are responsible for your own photos. Sounds negative, but this is your chance to learn how to take killer selfie photos. As a photographer, I take nice pictures of others, and when I ask people to take my pictures, they do not try to get the right angle, which can be frustrating. That is why I tend to carry my GoPro around.
Some people love spontaneous travel, which’s great for them, but even a little preparation can go a long way. When traveling alone, make sure to do some research beforehand so you can plan your finances and get some contingencies in place in case you run into trouble – whether that’s losing your valuables or getting injured and needing medical attention. Travel insurance is also a necessity, so don’t leave home until you are covered.