I’ve heard quite a number of people tell me all sorts when they hear I went on a solo trip; “It would have been more fun if you had your friends”, “Weren’t you bored”, “You should be careful”, blah blah blah… Most people I know don’t like to travel alone because they think it’ll be boring and uninteresting. Some people are simply just worried about safety while some need a little push from others to get out the explorer in them.
Whatever the case (or excuse), I believe one should still embark on a solo trip at least once in their life time. Sometimes you just need to take a break from the usual and expected. Even though I got a lot of funny comments from people when they heard I travelled alone and most of them thought it was absurd, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
Here are some of my reasons why I would advise anyone to go on a solo trip.
Yes comfort. You won’t have to share any hotel room or bed with anyone. You get to have all the amenities to yourself. Some may call it selfishness but honey, there’s nothing wrong with wanting it all to yourself sometimes. It’s all about balance and taking a solo trip may just be the key.
Making New Friends
Going on a solo trip might be boring to some people, but you can make the most of it by meeting new people. I was forced to come out of my comfort zone by talking to strangers since I was travelling alone and I’ve become really good friends with a couple of them even after my trip.
For all my selfie lovers out there, this is for you. I’m usually not good with selfies but I realized I took the best selfies when I was on my trip.
See More, Do More
If you’re an adventurous bug like me, then you’ll be glad you went on a solo trip. If you’re travelling alone, you get to do more activities and see more places (as long as you’re up for it and your budget permits). While I was in Kenya, I tried out Game meat (Camel and Crocodile…Yum) and I went Ice Skating. Snorkeling I could have done in Seychelles but I’m not a perfect swimmer just yet. I took a swim at the beach though (low tide).
You might want to consider re-strategizing your plans and set some personal goals while you’re on your trip. Go on a personal retreat and use that time to reflect on your shortcomings and map out a strategy for the future. You’ll achieve more when you’re well relaxed and having people around can be very distracting (who doesn’t need some quiet time?).
If you’ve ever planned on going somewhere with someone and you have to wait an extra hour or two for them to get ready, then you’ll understand what I mean. I usually don’t like being delayed so being alone for me was bliss.
Have you ever travelled alone? Please share your experiences.