If you’ve been struck by the travel bug and have a serious case of wanderlust, chances are you have an Instagram feed filled with travel bloggers. Some of those bloggers are probably classified as your typical Instagram travel couples. You envy their super cool pictures and their choice in destinations. You’re wondering when you are going to find someone to capture magical moments like the ones you have been seeing on your feed. Well, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: you don’t need a significant other to travel with. If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and catch flights not feelings.
Traveling alone is a liberating and fun experience. You’ll have to leave your comfort zone and try new things which is why the trips you take alone are the best. Unfortunately, people are often held back by numerous fears and concerns. We are here to answer the top three concerns and share with you why you should definitely travel solo.
Is solo travel safe?
The first question usually asked by new solo travelers is “Is it safe to go alone?”. It’s a loaded question and usually depends on the context. Luckily, there are millions of other solo travelers around the world. Thus, solo travel is very popular and safe! The most important aspect in determining if your experience will be safe depends on how safe the country you plan on visiting is. Before you book a trip be sure to visit travel.state.gov to view the travel advisories around the world. In addition to visiting this website, you should also do your own research. Being aware of what’s going on in the countries you’ll be visiting will help you know what to expect while you’re traveling. Once you arrive, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables locked up.
Is it budget friendly?
Some people have a preconceived notion that traveling alone is more expensive because you’re not splitting the cost of accommodations like an Airbnb. If you are on your own, though, you have a lot more flexibility because you’re on your own budget. There is no making compromises or fighting about money. No one will be there holding you back. If one day you want to eat a super cheap meal or want stay at a 6 dollar a night hostel there will be no complaints from others. This trip is just for YOU.
How will I meet people?
If you are in need of some human connection and don’t love too much alone time, meeting people when you travel solo is EASY. Backpacker hostels are filled with open-minded solo travelers from various backgrounds. Don’t be afraid to go up to someone and ask them to go for a drink or to get dinner. The conversations you have with these people provides you with the opportunity to learn from their experiences. If that’s not really your style, a lot of hostels also offer walking tours or activities which is another great way to meet others staying at your accommodation. You’d be surprised at how many like-minded individuals from all over the world you can meet.
Why should I do it?
Excitement of visiting a new place is an obvious reason to travel alone. But did you know solo travel is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself? Self-love and growth are two huge rewards from solo travel. There is something magical about being on your own in a country far away from home. There are no expectations from peers or society. You will gain new perspectives, meet amazing people, and learn things about yourself you didn’t even know you were capable of.
Pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.