While traveling with friends, family, or even your partner can make for some of the most memorable events of your life, traveling alone is actually one of the most amazing things you can do for yourself.
Traveling alone can be scary for females, and we definitely don’t recommend doing it to areas that are unsafe or that you haven’t thoroughly researched. However, solo travel can be incredibly enlightening. Taking time to yourself will allow you to get to know yourself better than you ever thought possible, and it will also leave you feeling more confident and aware of what you want from life.
So what are the benefits of traveling alone. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite reasons you should explore solo travel!
Make Your Own Schedule
Traveling in groups or even just with one other person means that you’re going to have to make compromise. You may not get to see and do everything that you would if you were solo. Traveling alone allows for you to set your own pace and explore only the areas you want to explore. Want to spend all day in a museum? Go for it! Want to sleep until noon and then spend all afternoon at the beach? Why not? There’s no one to stop you.
Meet Cool New People
Traveling solo also puts you in the position of being able to meet and interact with new people. Challenge yourself to spark up conversation at the local pub or with another member of the tour group you’re own. Also look for meet-up opportunities or cool events that are going on in the area. Better yet, try to chat up some locals who might be able to recommend locations that aren’t even in your guidebooks!
No matter how confident you are, solo travel is a challenge. It might be the first time you’ve ever spent so much time on your own. Being in a new area on your own will force you out of your comfort zone, and it will scare you at first. You’ll have to be independent, and you won’t have anyone there to help you if you need it. However, in the same sense that these things scare you, they should also make you feel free. You’re heading out into the world completely on your own to do whatever it is that you want to do. Explore whatever peaks your interest, and by the end of the trip you’ll realize that you know yourself far better than you did when you first arrived.
As you read this, I’m actually traveling across Scotland. Today (June 27, 2016) I’m visiting Loch Ness, something that has been on my bucket list for years. I have no doubt that when I return from this trip, I will know myself better than I did before, which seems odd for a 32-year-old to say, but even at this age I’m still discovering who I am.
Have you solo traveled before? Where did you go? How did it affect you? Share your stories with us in the comment section below!
Emily Sprinkle, also known as Emma Loggins, is a designer, marketer, blogger, and speaker. She is the Editor-In-Chief for Women's Business Daily where she pulls from her experience as the CEO and Director of Strategy for Excite Creative Studios, where she specializes in web development, UI/UX design, social media marketing, and overall strategy for her clients.
Emily has also written for CNN, Autotrader, The Guardian, and is also the Editor-In-Chief for the geek lifestyle site FanBolt.com