There are many reasons why you travel with family or with your partner. The moments shared seeing a new city and exploring a different culture are precious bonding moments you will remember for the rest of your lives. However, there is also a growing popularity of seeing the world without a companion.
Fans of solo travel promote it because it brings the individual lots of benefits and because it is simply a different way of discovering a new place. Of course, traveling with someone else is safer and easier, and there will be someone to take your photos at the world famous destinations. But every once and a while, you need to recharge or simply enjoy your own company. In fact, these are the things you can expect to discover about solo travel:
You Have Total Control - Traveling with someone means compromising on plans and decisions. You may end up not being able to go to where you want to simply because someone else is not interested or want to go somewhere else. Going alone means you can go wherever you want, do whatever you like, and at your own pace. You wont have to watch out for someone elses budget or food allergies, you just need to focus on your own interests and needs. Finally, you can also finally check out everything on your travel checklist.
Enjoy and Connect With Yourself - Between jobs, family, responsibilities and other things that keep you busy, it might be easy to lose touch with yourself. It would do you a lot of good to spend some time away from day-to-day life and just relax. Traveling will allow you to see new places, experience new things, and even rediscover yourself. It might seem selfish to explore the world by yourself but coming back refreshed and happy will also benefit your personal relationships and your work productivity as well. Sometimes taking the time to just breathe and think can do wonders.
Make New Friends - Being in a group tends to keep you in a bubble when you are on a trip. Because you are busy with your family or friends, you wont necessarily reach out and chat with locals or fellow tourists. By going on your own, you open yourself to meeting people from all over the world who might just end up becoming great friends.
Learn To Be Independent - It can be scary to travel on your own, and it can really be dangerous. However, by doing it, you hone your own instincts about people and places because you tend to be extra careful. There is also no one to give you solutions when you encounter problems like getting lost. You learn to deal with these situations and at the same time, look after yourself.
It takes a lot of guts to go for solo travel, but the feeling of being completely independent in a strange place will give you an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. If you ever wanted to go for a major trip and cannot find a travel companion, then you should definitely go do it yourself. Solo travel is a great way to see the world, and you will go back home a changed person.
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