From trying to grasp a different language, to driving on the opposite of the street, there’s no way around the fact that traveling can (at times) be a daunting task. And while traveling in groups does offer a sense of security among other things, heading out and taking the world in by yourself does have its benefits.
Have your doubts?
Well hold on, because we are going to convince you otherwise.
You’re In Control
Ever thought a vacation or trip was too short?
Traveling alone presents you with a great opportunity to avoid this travel woe, by affording you the ability to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. For example, want to sprint miles upon miles on top of the Great Wall of China? Do it. Want to take in the Mona Lisa, or check out the Eiffel Tower, in Paris? Do it.
The world is full of unforgettable experiences and places, so why waste time checking out the ones someone else wants to, instead of the ones you do?
Embracing A New Culture
Remember that thing we said about being the awkward tourist? That in itself is the best part of traveling alone, as it forces you to step out of your shell and discover new places, meet new people and try new things.
In other words, traveling solo is arguably the best way to fully immerse yourself into another culture – from its food, to its language. So don’t be too afraid of those awkward moments, you’ll probably learn something new.
Proving Yourself, To Yourself
From making your own decisions, to stepping out and asking questions, traveling solo provides a host of opportunities for you to not only gain new perspectives on different cultures, but on yourself as well.
Now sure, you could really take things up a notch by running with the bulls, or walking on hot coals, but simply ordering a sandwich or taking public transportation in a foreign place can stand to really expand one’s self-confidence and travel chops.