Even though I adore traveling with Scott, I still go on my fair share of solo trips. In fact, I’m embarking on a two-week solo trip on April 27th and despite the fact that I’ll be sad to leave Scott for two weeks, these types of trips are always life changing for me.
Part of the reason I travel solo is because Scott doesn’t have as much vacation time as I do, but I also believe in throwing myself outside of my comfort zone every once in a while. I could easily get used to traveling with a partner and the thought of traveling alone starts to feel scary again. I don’t want to feel helpless and in need of someone to either keep me company or most importantly, keep me from getting lost (which I often do when I travel solo).
So, with my Google Maps in hand, I give you three benefits of traveling solo:
Creating Your Own Schedule
I love Scott to death, but we can really butt heads when it comes to how we spend our free time when traveling. I like to take my time, wake up at my leisure and not rush out the door. On the other hand, he wants to get up early and see everything! I’m all about exploring while traveling, but I find that I have to change what comes naturally when I travel with him.
When I travel alone, I don’t feel pressure to rush myself and I’m able to embrace my lackadaisical nature.
Traveling solo feels scary sometimes, but once I overcome a few challenges (such as finding my way in a crowded city) it gives me confidence and the world starts to feel less daunting. These challenges provide self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. It’s times like these that I tend to get my best ideas on where I want my life to take me next, without all those detrimental fears getting in the way.
Many of us don’t get enough alone time. Life’s demands pull us in different directions and we forget to take time to just sit and think. Traveling alone forces us to be alone with our thoughts. Sure, nowadays we have technology to keep us entertained, but wifi is not always available and why would you want to be on a computer while you are traveling anyway?
Giving yourself alone time can help you get to know yourself better and give you insight into your true desires without all the outside noise and other people’s expectations to consider.
Can you add to these benefits of traveling solo? Tell us in the comments.