Traveling, whether domestically or internationally, can be a fun thing to do with our friends, family and significant others. But, traveling alone can also be great in its own way. As someone who has hit the road (or air) on my own, numerous times in my life, I would have to say that traveling alone has been one of the best experiences I have had. It can help us in so many ways and if you are thinking about taking a trip by yourself but feel reluctant, just do it; you will be glad you did. Here are some benefits I have reaped from my solo adventures.
Increased Sense of Confidence and Independence
Nothing can boost your confidence like finding your way around a new place by yourself; without that travel partner who would usually take care of everything, you are forced to figure it all out on your own. No doubt this can be frustrating at times (very frustrating!), but the sense of accomplishment you get can be a super confidence booster and a realization that you are more independent than you probably thought. Traveling in general can pose numerous challenges and doing it solo will only amplify them; but, you will see what you are made of and realize that you can handle a lot more than you thought you could.
Clarity about Life
Some of my greatest epiphanies about who I was and what I wanted out of life came from my solo travel adventures. Stepping out of our normal routines and shaking things up is a great way to get the mind churning in directions that have been stymied by the drudgery of our daily routines and responsibilities. Traveling alone is an even more powerful means of accomplishing this clarity because when you have that time by yourself, you really truly think. You are not being distracted by someone else. Sometimes that alone time can be a bit lonely but you will be amazed at the insights you gain from stepping away from your current life on your own for a bit.
Greater Opportunity for Immersion and Meeting People
While plenty of people traveling with others meet lots of interesting people along the way and immerse themselves in the local cultures, in my experience, it seems to happen a bit more when you are traveling on your own. Being with someone else may keep you more in your comfort zone, even if you do not consciously realize it. When you are by yourself, you are more eager to meet people and strike up conversations; you will be more likely to want to take in sights and activities that really help you connect to the place you are visiting, rather than just focusing on where you and your friend are going to eat lunch. Some of my best experiences with talking with locals and really getting to know a place have always happened when I was by myself.
Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who is passionate about travel and loves blogging about her experiences, tips and advice. If you are vacationing in SC, she highly recommends the Comfort Inn Hotel in North Myrtle Beach South Carolina.