For most people, their first solo trip feels like an almost religious experience. There is a certain sense of invigoration and independence that a solo trip invokes among travelers. To take in new surroundings and experiences unfiltered by the tastes, preferences, or prejudices of a traveling companion can be exhilarating.
Solo travel can literally be considered the epitome of self-indulgence. You can do whatever you want, go wherever you want, in your own time and space. Travelers often celebrate their individuality and independence, as travel has also become a way of 'finding yourself.' With all the necessary and convenient means, traveling solo to any destination you want in the world has never been easier.
Here's Why Every Person Should Go On At Least One Solo Trip In Their Lifetime:
Doing Things By Yourself Gives You Freedom.
Any trip with friends or family will most likely include a minimum of an hour spent arguing about what to do next. Some things that interest you may not necessarily interest your travel companions and vice versa. Each person has their own likes and preferences. On the other hand, when you're alone, you can be selfish and do whatever, however, and whenever you want.
You Will Be Forced To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone.
Whether you missed an important event or got stranded or lost in an unfamiliar city, the company of your family/friends creates a safe environment for you to freak out in when something goes wrong comfortably. But being alone will demand you to gather your wit and courage and figure things out all on your own.
Who do you become when all your expected safety nets recede? How do you cope and interact with the world around you? Being pushed out of your comfort zone can be terrifying, but it will empower you as you realize that you are completely capable of surviving all on your own. (Page Deutsch, M., 2015)
It Gives You The Chance To Discover Who You Really Are.
Perhaps the most important thing solo travel can offer is to help you find out the person you really are. Visiting restaurants, museums, or other local attractions by yourself will allow you to take in experiences and make for moments of introspection fully. It gives you an opportunity to disconnect and experience life from your own perspectives and see the world in a unique way.
It's Easier To Just Relax And Take a Break.
Although you may not realize this until you finally get it, you probably require some quality time by yourself. If you're looking for some time and space to think about what you want in life or just need a little self-love, taking a vacation alone and getting lost in yourself for a while can work wonders. Try it once, and you'll find yourself buying single tickets more often than you thought.
Some essential tips you should follow for traveling all by yourself:
Read Up Well About The Destination.
As part of your trip planning process, it is crucial for you to know at least the essentials about the place you plan on visiting. This includes learning about every nook and cranny of the localities you stay in and visit. To secure yourself from being conned by the locals, you can find out all the essential details regarding the place, your stay, the food, mode of transport, and much more. Invest some time here to save some during the trip. It is also important to learn about their norms and cultures to dress and act appropriately, unlike a flashy naïve tourist.
Pick The Right Accommodation.
Another crucial recommendation for solo travelers would be to pick the right accommodation. Be very certain of the place you are booking and whether it has a 24-hour front desk. The last thing you'd want is to be stranded outside the hotel/hostel, waiting for them to open gates, which can be extremely unsafe. Further, check for the required amenities they provide and whether they meet all of your needs.
Carry Proper Identification Documents.
If you have any issues while traveling, things can quickly get worse for you if you're unable to prove your identity. A money belt is a great option to keep your identification with you at all times. Don't carry all your IDs in the same place. That way, if either gets lost, at least you have some other source of identification. The same goes for money.
Ensure To Keep a Trusted Person Updated On Your Itinerary.
It is understandable that you're going on a solo trip and want to feel the fresh breath of liberation. However, it is ideal to keep at least one trusted person informed about your travel itinerary and whereabouts. This will help alert that person to reach out to the hotel or embassy should something mishap occur.
Always Have Cash On You.
Not that you should carry a big load of cash all the time, you will need to make sure that there is enough cash on you at all times. Often, many places, especially touristy ones, do not accept cards and require cash transactions. You do not want to be stranded in a situation where you've run out of cash.
Be Mindful Of Your Environment.
As a solo traveler, you have to remain alert at all times. Not paranoid, but just be mindful of where you are, who you are with, and a basic comprehension of how safe the environment is and the right time to take off. Do not be naive and notice when there is a potential danger. Avoid stepping out in the middle of the night or getting overly intoxicated.