Solo travel is massively on the rise – especially amongst women, and for good reason. Previously people would wait around for friends to go traveling with them, but nowadays there’s just no need to do that, and you can basically go traveling anytime you want.
Of course, it wasn’t that you weren’t able to do this before, but more that people didn’t have the same kind of access to things like social media or apps that were able to bring the world closer together and help them see that it’s possible and totally safe to travel alone.
What was perhaps quite un-imaginable around 20 years ago is totally normal today, and that’s largely thanks to the power of the internet.
However, we know that solo travel isn’t something that comes as the first choice for everyone and if it’s something you’re on the fence about, then in this post we’re going to share with you some of the main pros and cons of solo travel so that you can make up your mind about what’s the best option for you.
Freedom to do what you want:
Probably one of the best aspects of traveling solo is that you get to do what you want whenever you want – unlike if you’re traveling with friends or a partner where you’ll have to compromise on the things you both want to do experience.
Whilst compromise certainly isn’t a bad thing and is actually a rather great life skill to have, it’s quite understandable that when you’re traveling you’ll want to see the things you want and that’s not always going to be the same as what someone else wants if you’re traveling together.
For example, if you’re traveling with someone who’s a bit more laid back and enjoys things like lying beside the pool and you’re the adventurous type who likes to do things like go hiking or plan activities like going on whisky tastings where you can sample whisky straight from some Red Head Oak Barrels then there’s potentially going to be a bit of a mismatch there.
It’s a truly liberating experience:
There’s nothing quite as liberating as the experience of traveling on your own, and the funny thing is – it doesn’t even need to be somewhere far away for you to benefit from feeling liberated. You feel a freedom and sense of being able to cope on your own like no other when you travel completely on your own and it’s quite addictive, which is why solo travelers tend to find it difficult to travel with other people once they’ve been traveling on their own.
It will build your confidence:
Traveling solo is something that’s incredible for your confidence, and with each trip it gets better. You start to realize that your fears are just that – fears, and they’re not real. This doesn’t mean you need to stop being careful, but you realize that you’re so much more capable of things than you ever thought.
You’ll meet amazing people:
Traveling solo doesn’t mean that you need to be alone the entire time, and you’ll often find that groups of solo travelers meet up with other solo travelers and become great friends. Solo travelers understand each other’s desires for freedom and independence, but they sometimes like to hang out with like-minded people, so they arrange to meet all over the world and these can be some of the best friendships you’ll ever find.
It can be more expensive:
Unfortunately if you’re traveling solo, there’s not a whole lot of companies who cater for this, so you’ll often have to pay a premium to book a double room for a single person, for example. Of course, you can bypass this by doing things like staying in hostels that are used to solo travelers, using couch-surfing, Airbnb or even finding a company who focuses on solo travelers because they are available, but it’s just something to be aware of.
It can get lonely:
Especially if you’ve never traveled solo before and are used to traveling with other people, this can get lonely. Of course you may love traveling solo, but you’re still human and there are moments in life when it’s just nice to have someone else around.
You’ll have to get creative with taking pictures:
A big part of traveling is capturing your memories through beautiful photos, and if you want to be in those photos, then you’re going to have to get creative when traveling solo since you won’t have someone to take them for you. The best way to go about this is to invest in a selfie stick or even a tripod with a remote that you can use to take pictures of yourself in your favorite spots. You can pick these up online and offline for very affordable prices.
But, the great news is, you don’t have to travel solo! Friends-meet Clint! He is the founder of Travr, an Exclusive Travel Company that takes active young adults on fully planned & guided adventure trips all over the world! Unlike “Group Travel” his trips are filled with action packed activities which are all optional, plenty of free time and full of active, like minded young adults. Check out his facebook page! He has a ton of amazing trips coming up!
Here is my ultimate packing list:
Clothes to Pack
Laundry kit (soap, stain remover)
Jewelry (if valuable, put in carry-on)
Under-clothing document holders
Toiletries to Pack
List of medications
Credit card/bank contacts
Copies of passport/credit card/etc.
What to Pack in Your Carry-on
Books or e-books
Change of clothes
Nalgene bottle (fill post-security)
Valuables, such as jewelry
Insurance cards (medical, travel)