Travelling without friends or family may seem daunting and even boring to some. But there’s nothing quite like discovering a new place on your own. Travelling solo allows you to open your horizons to new cultures and ways of life, in a way that might not have been possible in a group. The advantages of travelling solo are endless, but we list out the top reasons for you to travel alone at least once in your lifetime:

Gain confidence

Travelling solo can be an act of courage. It places you in situations where you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to make the most of your trip. Challenges could range anywhere from being indecisive about lunch to mysteriously cancelled hotel reservations. Either way, conquering these challenges will make you feel empowered and help you build up your self-confidence.

Discover yourself

Advantages of Travelling Solo

Solo travel and contemplation go hand in hand, providing you with the opportunity to reflect on yourself – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Travelling by yourself gives you a chance to know who you really are and what you want out of your life. You could come back with the realisation that you hate your sedentary 9 to 5 lifestyle, a realisation you might never have had without experiencing profound solitude.

Make new friends

Advantages of Travelling Solo

It is truly amazing how solo travel can facilitate meeting some incredible people and forming serendipitous bonds with them. When travelling solo, you find yourself striking up conversations with people you wouldn’t have approached, had you been with friends or family. While you can always meet locals and fellow travellers organically at a bar, on a hike, or at the hostel you’re bunking at, you could also choose to join Facebook groups for a more immersive travelling experience.

Learn a new language

What better way to learn a new language than to throw yourself in head first? While travelling with family or in a group, we rarely seek out conversations outside of the group, or even practise the local tongue despite our best plans. However, as a solo-traveller, you’ll soon learn that people are easy to approach and more than willing to help you get around particularly, when you make an effort to speak the local language.

Set your own pace

Have you ever been on a trip where you wanted to spend all day reading your favourite book at a quaint café, but couldn’t because of your group’s itinerary? When travelling with other people, you often have to forgo a lot of your wishes and vice-versa. On the contrary, when you travel solo, there is no fixed schedule involved. You are free to go on that impromptu hike, get a tattoo, or even just pack your bags and get moving.

Save Costs

Advantages of Travelling Solo

Travelling is expensive. However, when you travel on your own it is much easier to keep up with your budget. You could pick budget flights through online sites such as Fly.com to ensure cheap solo travel. You could also choose to stay at a hostel, or try couch-surfing, which could not only save you tons of money but also enable you to mingle with locals and soak up the local culture. The added bonus here is that you could use all that saved money on trying an adventurous new sport or adding another stop to your itinerary!

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