5 Perks of Traveling Solo
People sometimes ask me why I prefer traveling alone. They say it can be boring and lonely too do it but actually it isn't. All throughout my trips where I went solo, I learned these 5 perks.
1. Itinerary Becomes Easier to Plan
Let's admit it, planning a whole trip can be very stressful. Starting from looking for flights, to booking the accommodation and the other necessities. When you're planning to travel solo, you know what you want, how much your exact budget is and how you expect your whole trip will be. It is so hard to plan a trip with someone else, especially if you do not fancy the same things and you would have to adjust to each other's needs and wants.
2. Easier Time-Management
The moment you arrive in your destination, you will have to know when you have to take the next train/bus/other means of transportation. The moment you go to sleep, you will have to plan what to do for the next day and know what time you should wake up, how many minutes it takes for you to get ready, when you will do this and that. It's so much easier traveling solo because you will know exactly when you have to do whatever you have to do without having the fear of having to wait for someone else.
3. You Make Your Own Decisions
What should I eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner? Where should I eat? What should I do today? Isn't it so much more convenient to be able to make your own decisions? Traveling requires so much of that because you're literally far away from home and you will have to be responsible of yourself and it would be easier if you'd know what you really want and decide it without having to ask someone if they're okay with it or having to adjust to someone else's preferences
Having responsibilities can be stressful - everyone knows that, but sometimes, it isn't so bad at all. To be responsible for your own person when you travel is a challenge. Traveling solo is also a training for you to be better to yourself and take care of your needs when you're far away from home - and where you barely know anyone (or not know anyone at all). When you get home safe after traveling solo, trust me, you will this feeling of accomplishment inside of you knowing that you've gone to a place without having to answer to anyone and that you were able to handle everything on your own.
It is so important for every person to have a me-time. Through traveling solo, you will be able to think more about yourself, focus on where you are and what you're doing, and probably forget about your problems. I, for example, not only travel to see the new places but I also travel to have time to think about the decisions I have made lately. I feel like a new environment would somehow help me think and give me some of the answers I need when I come back home from my trip.
Those were the 5 perks of being a solo traveler. Again, do not be afraid. Just remember to put your GPS on and have someone back home connect to it and always update your family/friends how you're doing just as a safety precaution. Thanks for reading!
Hey there! My name is Jesuena. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Germany at the age of sixteen. Now, I am living in my own little apartment in Essen, Germany and finding time to travel during holidays and weekends. At the age of 18, I have already traveled to over 15 countries. Join me as I share my stories.