People always ask me why I decide to travel solo when I could take a family member or friend with me. I mean, why wouldn't I want to experience a culture and country with a loved one? Well, there are a ton of reasons that I can list right off the bat.
Not to say that I don't enjoy exploring a country with my mother or sister, I simply (sometimes) prefer to be on my own.
Traveling solo can sometimes have its downfalls, such as feeling lonely or wishing another person was there with you in times of need, but for the most part, it's pretty darn awesome.
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1. It's 1 million times easier to meet people when you're solo.
I've been on trips with family and friends, and then I've been on trips solely by myself. I can make a clear distinction between the two since I ALWAYS come out with a ton of friends from my solo trips.
People are more likely to come up to you, ask you to come salsa, or enjoy happy hour. If you're surrounded by family and friends, people will be much more intimidated and you'll miss out meeting your new best friend from Germany or China. I even know of quite a few people that have met their significant other from solo traveling, so that could possibly be in store for you as well!
2. You get to set up your own time frame of activities.
I cannot even count how many times I wished I could've done something differently or stayed at a certain place longer, but couldn't because the other person was tired or bored. You get to run your own schedule and kinds of activities you're wanting to try.
If you are an adventurous person and you go on a trip with a friend who is scared of a ferris wheel, it's not going to end being that fun of a trip. You'll have to work around their wants and needs and possibly even have to join in on trips and places you simply don't want to go to at all, which means more money spent when you could've saved by being by yourself.
3. I grow each and every time I travel by myself.
I get lost and learn how to find my way by myself. I learn new languages and phrases to speak with people from around the world. I learn how to haggle with a taxi driver who is trying to make me pay 5x the regular price just because I am a tourist. I learn how to find a historical landmark in Peru by speaking entirely in Spanish to a Peruvian native.
Traveling solo creates you and makes you. You become more independent and confident than you ever thought possible. You surprise yourself. You get lost and find your way out of sticky situations. You learn how to take care of yourself, without needing anyone else. Traveling solo is one of the best things to do if you are trying to become a better and stronger you.
Do you prefer to travel solo? What are some of the perks and downfalls of solo traveling in your opinion?
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