Solo travel – five good reasons to go it alone

Travelling solo can be daunting but it’s a great way to ensure you’re able to do what you want. If you’re without a travel companion, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t let it stop you travelling.

1. Your own company is fun
Life is busy and seldom do you get time on your own. Travelling solo gives you the opportunity to remind yourself just how great a person you are. You can reflect on all the good things you’ve done in your life, set yourself some goals and simply enjoy your own company.

2. You can be who you want
Okay, we’re not talking about reinventing yourself Walter Mitty style, but when you meet people while you’re travelling on your own, you can decide which aspects of your life you share and which you might choose to ‘embellish’. Taking on a different persona might just give you the confidence to chat to strangers and locals – your travel experience should be all the richer for doing so.

3. You’ll be be empowered
When was the last time you felt a real sense of achievement, other than managing to correctly match all your socks on laundry day? All too often we give up trying to challenge ourselves as the day-to-day necessities of life take over. You don’t need to bungee jump or skydive to feel good about yourself; simply being able to order a drink in a foreign country or not getting lost in a big city can make you ridiculously proud.

4. You’ll be less stressed
Sure, you are responsible for everything when you travel on your own, but not having to deal with everyone else’s nonsense can take the stress out of going on holiday. Also, you don’t have to try and please someone else or do things that don’t excite you just to keep the peace.

5. You’ll have a hotel room all to yourself
Now, this really is a luxury. Hotel rooms can be tight for space, especially if you’re travelling on a budget, so imagine not tripping over someone else’s luggage trying to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night and being able to spread out on a queen bed. Oh, and you don’t have to share all those dinky toiletries either.

Written by Debbie McTaggart

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