I always wanted to travel more but all my friends have been busy. I have been debating to travel on my own for a long time now and have a few concerns about solo traveling.
There are a few fellow-traveling bloggers in the community that I asked why I should go traveling. The people that replied have experience traveling.
Going solo is always a mantra for me. This helps me to understand the place and meet people. Usually, In a group, you go with predefined plans and set of people with whom you mostly interact. Being solo give you chance to make new acquaintances and improvise. However, there are disadvantages as well but that totally depends on the intent of a trip.
I love the independence and it pushes you out of your comfort zone. It can show you that you are stronger then you look and that you can achieve so much more.
It only takes confidence and research/planning in order to become a solo traveler. Disadvantages traveling solo can be a little lonely at times.
I don’t think you need to be scared to travel on your own, just be sensible. I found doing trips like walking Caminos in Spain and Portugal meant that I could have as much or as little company as I felt like during the day and then, staying in hostels at night, you met up with a mini-United Nations!! Lots of fun and interesting. So maybe think about how you can travel and link into networks of people and yet still retain ultimate flexibility
Here you go I highly recommend traveling solo at least once in your life. Through traveling solo, you can do what you want, when you want, and how you want. The trip truly becomes all about you, which can be wonderful. I try to travel solo at least once or twice each year.
I prefer solo traveling as I enjoy doing what I want to do when I want to do it and also how I want to do it. If you travel with people you are always tied to doing things the group wants to do and when they want to do it. Some people may sleep all day where I like waking up early, having breakfast and heading out for the day as early as possible.
It’s also easier to get around if you are only one person. Groups trying to find a taxi etc. is a nightmare. I’ve done a few group holidays which were fun but solo travel is my preference. Plus when you travel solo you get to meet other travelers and hey making new friends around the world adds to your travel experience
One of the things that stop people from traveling solo and enjoying their traveling experience, is the fear of being alone. This fear is understandable, but take heart as your journey will not stay that way for long, you’ll meet someone. You will see new things, you will explore new places and most importantly you will meet new people and some of them will join you on your journey. It’s inevitable that you will meet somebody along your journey of solo travel.
It doesn’t matter how shy you are, creating conversation whilst traveling is the easiest task, and you are guaranteed to already have one thing in common ‘‘travelling”. Simple conversation starters will go a long way.
All the feedback is very positive that ways out my negative thoughts of doing the solo traveling. The main concern I have is meeting people while traveling as I am a shy person but they say it is easy to meet and talk to people too as you things in common. The main advantage is that I get to do what I want when I want without having to wait for anyone. As when I have done traveling before with family and friends I have missed things out that I wanted to do. One day I will have the courage to travel solo and it will be one of the best times.