I've lost count the number of times I've been asked HOW or WHY I travel alone.
It's a question I actually love answering because it inspires or motivates the person to travel solo.
Traveling alone is absolutely amazing and I've yet to meet a person who didn't benefit or love the experience.
Anyone who goes home and says absolutely nothing has changed about themselves would be lying because no matter what, a little part of you WILL change.
Below are reasons that you should travel solo at least once in your life.
1. Your confidence will skyrocket.
I feel more secure and confident with myself than I ever have in my entire life.
2. You'll become self-reliant and much less dependent on others.
You no longer have your mom or dad figuring out your life for you and instead have to figure out how to get from A to B on your own.
Here is a budget travel book on Europe that will help you save a ton of money. Get the inside scoop before you book your next destination.
3. You'll also learn that asking for help isn't a problem either.
I was always afraid to ask for help while traveling. I thought most people weren't good and had a fear in my mind that most people wouldn't want to help me anyway. I was SO wrong about this.
While traveling, I've some of the kindest, most helpful generous people from all over the world.
Most people are actually GOOD and I've even met total strangers who would spend a good 30 minutes helping me get to my destination.
Related: Ebates will give you up to 10% back on flights and other travel-related expenses. You can also save at hundreds of stores buying an array of different products. Get $10 for signing up here.
4. Mistakes will happen and overcoming obstacles will happen often.
I've had quite a few things happen to me while traveling that really messed with my plans and had a trickling effect on the rest of my plans. First, you'll freak out and want to go home then and there.
Or you'll find a way to solve your problems and come up with solutions.
5. You figure out what's important back home.
The people and things you're thinking about while traveling will make it clear what you actually care about in your home country. Traveling made what was in important in my life quite clear.
6. You'll realize that travel isn't always as glamorous as it seems.
There will be times where you're stuck on a crappy bus or train, cramped around many others and smelling smells you wish didn't exist.
Related: Save money on groceries and other travel needs with Ibotta. Get $10 for signing up here. It's really easy to use!
7. You might fall in love.
Traveling solo usually leads to meeting more people, and possibly meeting someone relationship worthy.
During this trip, in particular, I fell in love with myself, as cheesy as that sounds.
8. Something about you will change, and it'll most likely be for the better.
You will go home having a new outlook on life. You become more open-minded to cultures and different backgrounds.
Related: Use italki to get 1-1 lessons from native speakers of the language you're trying to learn. Get $10 towards your first class!
9. You will end up on the plane already thinking about where you'll go next.
Wanderlust has officially kicked in and is most likely there to stay. The rest of your life will be filled with adventure and unpredictable journeys.
Here is a book on 500 top destinations to travel to in the world. It's filled with so many beautiful photos on every single page. They'll also (obviously) tell you why to visit all of these destinations.
10. You start to enjoy feeling uncomfortable.
Comfort and predictability can become quite non-existent while you are traveling solo.
You begin to learn how to deal with the uncomfortableness and fight your way through it.
These are just a few of the things that I went through when I started traveling solo on my adventures. I'm still constantly blooming into a new person and learning more and more about myself.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. – Unknown.
Have any of the above things happened to you while traveling solo? What else has happened to you while traveling solo?
Like this post? Please share it and spread the word!
Get exclusive access to the free resources!
Join 5,000 others to get access to 20+ free printables related to budgeting, traveling, and meal planning with new prints updated weekly.