Travelling with your family is fantastic. It’s a great chance to bond and create shared memories; it means you’ve always got someone there next to you and it’s wonderfully good fun. Travelling with young children is different, but in many ways better. Children see the world through such innocent adventurous eyes; they just want to rush around and get stuck into everything. They can teach us a lot, and very much show us the way. But, there’s also a lot to be said for travelling alone, and if you’re not currently in a position to travel in a group or with a loved one, you certainly shouldn’t be put off. Here are some of the benefits of travelling alone.
Perhaps the best reason to travel alone, at least once in your life, is to, forgive the cliché, find yourself. It’s your time to discover more about yourself, learn how well you cope in new situations, find things that you enjoy, things that you are great at and things that you didn’t know about yourself. This can make you more confident, more resourceful and surer of what you want from life. Read Can I Travel Alone For Umrah? To see some of the advantages of completing a religious pilgrimage on your own.
You Can Do What You Want
No matter how close you are to someone else, or how in tune you are with each other, you’ll always have things that you want to do that they don’t. There’s always an element of compromise or taking someone else’s feelings and needs into consideration. Travel alone, and you can go where you want when you want. It’ll truly be your trip.
You’ll Learn How to Rely on Yourself
When you are alone, you have to do things for yourself. You have to plan, you have to deal with tricky situations, you have to negotiate and speak to people and you have to make decisions. It teaches you to rely on yourself and to trust your own judgement. This is a great skill to have in life.
It’s often much easier to stick to a budget if you are on your own. And, if you do need to save money, you can happily stay in cheaper accommodation or make other cutbacks without worrying about what your companion might think. You could even spend some time working to earn extra cash.
You’ll Make New Friends
You’re much more likely to speak to other travellers and locals if you’ve got no one else to talk to. You’ll make friends, take part in group activities and perhaps even make some friends for life.
It’ll Take You Out of Your Comfort Zone
Many people are put off solo travel because it’s scary. The first time can be, very. But, that’s exactly why you should do it. It’s a risk, that will help you grow and give you fantastic memories and experiences to learn from. In no time at all, you’ll be happy, confident, doing things and speaking with people you wouldn’t usually, and all that fear will be left behind.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.