After travelling with Aaron for two years now I think it’s safe to say I enjoy travelling with someone. You have someone to share your experiences with and it helps take the burden off doing everything by yourself. Navigating train stations, finding the hotel, being able to go to a restaurant and not have eyes looking at you. But don’t get me wrong, while travelling with someone is amazing and fun but it can be nice just to have time to yourself and not worry about what anyone else is doing.
When I left for Europe the first time I had two weeks to myself and loved it so much I almost changed my flight home so I could stay longer. I learned so much about myself and realized that I just generally like to be by myself. I liked figuring things out, making spur of the moment decisions, going shopping, etc.
But that’s the thing about perception. Some can’t wait for the freedom to travel alone and for some it’s a terrifying idea that haunts there minds. So if you are one of these people who is daunted by travelling solo check out these 7 biggest advantages of travelling solo:
- You can have all the me time you want – If you are a quiet person like myself it’s nice to have alone time and just be able to think whereas if you are with someone you don’t really get as many opportunities to be by yourself
- Make your own schedule – Get up when you want, take breaks when you want, eat where you want and go where you want. You time to be selfish!
- Dont have to worry about someone else’s life pattern – when they get hungry, when they go to bed. Some people are night owls, some people are early birds. Some eat 6 times a day (like me) and come eat 3 (I don’t know these people but I hear they exist)
- Trips is cheaper – instead of paying for private rooms you can opt for a dorm room where pieces are half the price!
- More open to making friends – When you are with someone you tend to just stick together where as if you are alone you connect more and tend to go out of your comfort zone a little bit more
- You face challenges – and overcome them. One of my biggest yay me moments was in Nuremberg trying to find my connecting train platform, which left in 10 minutes, and there were no signs, nothing. I ended up wandering underground and saw a girl looking at an illuminated wall. I took a closer look and saw all these tiny little places and times and looked though them ALL till finally I saw the destination I needed with the coordinating time I had written down. I made the train just in time. Without anyones help but my own. Well done me.
- Independence – Of course the biggest perk out there. You can survive alone in the world in a foreign place surrounded by a language you can’t understand. And you made it an concurred it. One of the greatest experiences you can have is to be completely independent.
Have you ever travelled solo? What do you prefer, solo or travelling with someone? Share your experiences in the comments!