All too often, we hear of people cancelling travel plans due to not having someone to travel with. It’s as if travelling alone isn’t even considered as an option – perhaps due to concerns about being lonely, bored and safety.
However, travelling alone can be one of the most rewarding ways to travel. Afterall, there’s nothing quite like discovering a new place on your own – therefore resulting in the expanding of your horizons and comfort zones!
While travelling solo in a foreign country can seem intimidating, it is definitely something that everyone should experience at least once in their life! Here are some of our favorite perks when it comes to solo travel:
When you travel with others, you need to be considerate of activities and timings when planning your itinerary; you might not always get to do/see the things you were really hoping to include in your plans.
When you travel alone, you can set your own schedule; imagine being able to wake up whenever you want, eat whatever you want and see whatever you want. When you travel alone, the itinerary is completely up to you-you don’t have to consult anyone else.
Make new friends
When you travel with others, it’s only normal that you stick together. However, when you travel alone, you might be surprised by how easy it is to actually strike up a conversation with others.
A lot of people assume that when you’re travelling with a group you don’t want to be disturbed, so will turn to the solo traveller for conversation almost every time. It’s a great way to make new friendships and interact with locals!
Gain self confidence
Travelling alone helps you to gain valuable skills and will challenge your limits and ability to cope with obstacles that may arise. You will build confidence as you navigate unfamiliar areas, converse with strangers and figure out how to get from one place to another.
Learn to enjoy your own company
When you travel alone, you start to see the importance of “me time”. You start to appreciate your own company and actually learn to enjoy spending time on your own. It’s a great way to enhance your relationship with yourself!
Push yourself out of your comfort zone
Being away from the comforts of home and going to new places will ultimately challenge you to learn how to rely on yourself at difficult times and test your patience. You might be struggling to understand directions from a local, or find yourself hiking for hours – both of these situations will test your ability to overcome obstacles, challenge you and help you to grow. It’s only by putting yourself out there that you are able to explore our amazing planet and discover many new and exciting places.
If you’re interested in booking your next solo adventure, check out our Avalon Waterways river cruise itineraries – we’ve slashed the single supplement for our 2019 and 2020 cruises!