Two of the best things about travel are freedom and adventure. Traveling by yourself, you won't have to compromise either. Instead of postponing the trip you've always wanted to take because you can't find the perfect travel partner, consider going solo. You are the best travel partner you'll ever have!
Traveling on your own is very different than traveling with friends on a group tour. Here are some things that make traveling solo a great experience:
Your friends and relatives may think you're crazy to consider traveling by yourself. You may even have some doubts. Here are some common fears about traveling alone, along with answers to reassure others, and yourself, that you're doing the right thing.
Traveling on your own can be intimidating if you've never done it before. Here are some ideas on how to get started:
Sometimes being on your own can be uncomfortable, or you may find yourself getting homesick. Listed below are some tips to combat those issues solo travelers face.
Always be aware of what's going on around you.
At some point, you will get lonely, which isn't such a bad thing sometimes. It can make you appreciate the friends you have, and the new ones you make. To combat loneliness, try these tips:
In our busy lives, we don't often get a chance to spend time alone with ourselves, so it can be strange to suddenly have all this time to yourself. Here are some ways to be more comfortable about being on your own:
Bruce Herring, of REI Bellingham, spent 5 months on a solo backpacking trip in New Zealand several years ago. More recently, he's traveled with friends to climb in Mexico, Bolivia and Africa. "There are clear pros and cons of traveling alone or with someone," he said. "Clearly, solo travel allows you the most freedom. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want. More 'whims' and spontaneity are allowed." On the flip side, Brian sometimes found himself looking for a partner to share experiences with when he was traveling solo.
Traveling on your own gives you a chance to not only discover a new place and culture, but discover more about yourself. After learning to rely on yourself when traveling, you'll return home with a greater sense of confidence that will spill over into everything else you do.
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: 08/07/2012
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