Some people find traveling alone intimidating. They think traveling alone means being brave and independent, which is not always true.
Traveling alone is a wonderful way to explore new places and expand your horizons. Not only do you get to experience the city by yourself, but you also have time to reflect on your experiences, learn about yourself and make memories that will last a lifetime.
If you've ever traveled solo, you'll know that it's one of the best ways to get to know a place. Here are some reasons why traveling alone may be right for you if you're thinking about it for the first time:
No need to worry about splitting costs with friends or family members. You can travel on your schedule and eat whatever, whenever — which might mean skipping expensive group meals. And if you're traveling abroad, there are often extra discounts for solo travelers.
You'll Meet Other Solo Travelers
Solo travelers are often open and friendly people who enjoy meeting new people — like you! If you're staying at an Airbnb or hostel instead of booking a hotel room, there's a good chance that other guests will want to hang out together (especially if they're also on their first trip). This makes it easier to meet fellow travelers in person and make new friends abroad.
You Learn More About Yourself
When we're with other people, we tend to do what they want — not necessarily what we want or need to do. You might find yourself exploring places off the beaten path because your friends aren't interested in going there — but once you're there, you realize that it was exactly where you needed to go!
You make new friends along the way. Even though they may not stick around forever (and that's OK), meeting people from all over the world can be an incredible experience. You might find locals willing to show off their favorite spots or invite you over for dinner!
You'll Be Forced To Be More Independent
When you travel with friends or family, it's easy to lean on each other when things get hard. But when you're alone, there's no one else to rely on but yourself. Without any help from others, you have to figure out what to do and where to go — which is a great skill to have in life!
You Can Customize The Trip Around Your Interests
Traveling with someone else means they'll have their interests and priorities — and that's fine! But if you're traveling alone, you have the freedom to explore what truly interests you without having to compromise on anything.
You'll Learn More Than Your Friends
You don't have friends who share all of your interests, so it's unlikely that they would've chosen the same things on their itinerary as you would have. Traveling solo gives you full control over where you go and what you do — which means that even if your friends had come along for the ride, they probably wouldn't have done everything on your list anyway!
You Won't Miss Out On Anything By Being Alone
If you're with someone else, there's always the possibility that one person will want to do something different than the other person wants to do (or vice versa). This means that at least one person feels like missing out on something special by being with their partner instead of doing what they want. When you travel alone, however, there isn't any pressure to do anything in particular.
So, there you have it. Sure, being alone in a new city may not seem like the most exciting option, but hopefully, we've convinced you otherwise. As we mentioned before, as long as some homework is done upfront, going solo can be a helpful tool in your travel arsenal and a great way to see—and experience—a new city for the first time.