Perks of Traveling Alone

There are people who travel with someone and those who travel solo. Which is better? I guess there’s really no answer for this question since people have different interests and opinion.

Traveling is an urge that enters our life anytime. The problem with some of us is that we are afraid to travel alone, afraid to be far from home and afraid to get lost in foreign land.

To help you be more confident and ignite the wanderlust inside you, here are some perks for solo travelers.

Your time is yours

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Since you are on your own, you don’t have to worry about someone screwing your schedule for the day. You wake up, you fix yourself probably get some breakfast then be on your way, no need to wait for someone who takes too long in the shower or spends a whole hour admiring themselves in the mirror.  

Freedom for Food

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Not to sound selfish, but when you’re traveling alone, the food you order is all yours, no one to share too and no one to tell you “enough” or “do you think it’s a good idea for another round, how about your figure?” But make sure to order tasty food that will appeal to your taste palate, you don’t want seating in front of a course you hated by the first bite.

New pages for your Memory album

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Take pictures whenever you want, capture the moment before it’s gone, moments will pass you by but photographs will carry a memory forever. Sounds a little cheesy right? But this is also true, when you grow old and weak, you might regret that you didn’t travel more, but if you did, then you have an album filled with thousands of pictures making you feel nostalgic.

Do what you want! – Chance to do something Insane

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Having someone with you means the division of interest. Travel plans and itinerary are mostly met when traveling alone, no one to say no and no one to hold you back. If you want to go sightseeing, do it, probably eat brunch alone or ride a bike along the city.  

The things you want to engage in might seem stupid for others. Not all people will agree to the things you want to try, if they do agree be prepared for criticism. This is your journey, if you want to go bungee jumping, learn to play the bagpipes, eat exotic foods, visit haunted areas, then do it, there is  no one to undermine you.

The opportunity to meet that Special Someone

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This only applies to single people who have no ties with anyone special. There are millions more solo travelers around you, without knowing it, your soulmate might be the next person you bump into or someone who asks for direction, then you tell him/her that you’re also a tourist, then you go together, spend some time together and slowly fall in love.

Be proud of yourself and prove everyone wrong, amplify your independence

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People are going to say “You can’t do it,” “You won’t last a week.” This is the opportunity to prove them all wrong. Traveling is a hard, becuase it’s the whole world you’re taking on. Your ability to adapt is essential if you want to resolve every issue along the way. Look after yourself and search for solitude not sadness.

Find yourself along the way

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Most people who travel solo are looking for new experiences, while some are trying to escape from a chain of burden. There are those who travel to forget about someone, find their passion or find happiness. Waiting for something to happen is overrated, travel and experience the world. Overcome your fears by pushing them down and finally having the courage to fully destroy them.

Way back home

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At the end of all travel is home. Pack up your things, have your last breakfast in the hotel, take your last picture and head to the airport. When you’re flight slowly ascends from the ground look out the window and wave goodbye. One of the best things in life, is knowing that you’re one your way home.

Hope you guys feel encouraged to travel alone, traveling with someone is also wonderful, but don’t miss out the chance to have an adventure on your own.

Hope you guys enjoyed reading this article. Also hoping to encourage every reader to travel alone. Feel free to leave your comments below.

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  1. Most articles about advantages of traveling alone is the same including this one. But this one is very inspiring, I can totally relate. Thanks Travelobservers.

     
  2. I have been traveling alone for years and it’s amazing. It’s not that I don’t like companions, I just think that traveling is best when you’re alone.

     
    1. No offense but I think traveling with someone is better. Well, we all have out opinion right? But for me, its better to have someone even a complete stranger.

       
      1. I have to agree with Ryan on this one. There’s nothing wrong with traveling alone, but there are many risk, especially your traveling overseas. Having a companion is ideal.

         

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