The Case for Solo Travel
Solo travel has risen in popularity over the years, and it is not uncommon to meet individuals who are trotting the globe all on their own. From the beaches of Asia to the cities of Europe, there will always be at least one solo traveler where you are staying.
For some people, the mere thought of going to a strange place on their own is terrifying. Safety issues are at the top of the list of concerns. Loneliness is another common concern. Yet ask anyone who has had the chance to go on a trip alone, and the chance are that you’ll hear them rave about his experience.
Of course, just like many other things in life, solo travel is not for everyone. However, there is a strong case to be made for solo travel. Even individuals who may not have a natural proclivity to do things on their own may have a thing or two to enjoy about solo travel.
You don’t have to worry about other people’s whims
This is one of the biggest perks of solo travel that I truly enjoy. I have had my fair share of trips, both with companions and alone. Being a natural introvert with strong convictions about what I want to do, when I want to do them, I found solo travel to be a most liberating experience.
I eat breakfast when I want to – or skip it altogether. I can stay in and read a book and not go traipsing around the city if I wish. I can go to a bar when the urge arises.
You want to take the bus to the next town? Or maybe you want to rent a car and go on a road trip. You can compare your options all you want without someone looking over your shoulders and insisting on his preferences.
One word: freedom!
More doors open up to you
I suppose it really depends on your destination. There are cities which seem to be friendlier to the solo traveler as compared to others, but in my experience, I get more interaction when traveling solo than with a group. People seem more accommodating, nicer.
There is the “I feel for you because you’re traveling alone” factor, I think, but I have had some of the most interesting conversations, dinners, and night outs during my solo trips. Fellow travelers, security guards, waitresses, and bus drivers – you name it, I’ve made friends with them as a solo traveler!
Solitude. Me time
Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert does not matter when it comes to solitude. We all need time to ourselves, some more than others. And when you travel alone, you get this much needed time out. Do all the introspection you need, and at the end of the trip, you can spend all the time you want with your friends again.
About the Author: A serial traveler cum writer, Gemma has had more than her fair share of trips all over the world with her travel buddies. She does make it a point to go on at least one solo trip every year to enjoy the time to herself.