In October, I’m going to Curaçao and it is what I call my first REAL solo travel experience. I get on planes and buses alone all the time and I’ve always gone where there’s someone a phone call away. My grandmother and her aunt lived in Curaçao some time ago, but as far as I’m concerned, I have zero friends and family there. Many people think I’m crazy for going by myself, but they fail to see there are benefits of solo travel. Here are just a few.
There is NO Drama
Almost every point circles back to no drama for me and that’s why it is my number one reason. I’m not saying there won’t be any crazy airport/airline staff, or lost luggage drama; it happens to everyone at some point or the other. The drama associated with [some] people you travel with is so real. I strongly believe that you see your friends differently when you travel with them. Some experiences are great, while others are just a complete headache.
You Meet New People
Traveling solo does not mean you’re alone
I’ve said this many times to friends my and family members. There’s always someone to meet on a solo trip especially in public places like the beach, restaurant, coffee shop or group tour. While meeting new people is fun, you should still use caution.
I have six brothers and sisters, so I definitely know how it is to not have my own space. When traveling solo, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can plan your own itinerary and make changes as you wish without any regrets or complaints.
You Save Money
This depends on the type of person you are. There are some people that don’t stick to their budget when traveling with others. There’s nothing wrong with bringing extra money just in case, but splitting the bill if you don’t drink and your friend does? Not happening on a solo trip. It also is much cheaper staying in a hostel or Airbnb versus a hotel any day.
You Gain Confidence
This pertains to more than just going on a solo trip. Remember the first time you took public transportation or even driven in a car by yourself? As nerve-wracking as it was for me, after a few tries, I became more confident. It goes the same with going on a trip abroad. The more you do something, the more experienced you become.
Part of the travel experience is trying new things. Sometimes “the rush” makes you step out of your comfort zone and you do something different. During the solo time, you learn that you’re a risk taker, courageous and pretty awesome.
What are some other benefits of solo travel? Share them below.