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The Benefits Of Travelling Solo!

When it comes to solo adventure excursions, everyone has different attitudes and opinions. For some it’s the dream of a lifetime, ultimate liberation and freedom of self. For others it’s a more daunting idea. No doubt it’s appealing, but in reality actually quite terrifying. There are so many incredible benefits to solo travel: you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. You develop an incredible sense of confidence. You can change your plans on a whim. It’s easier to interact with locals and learn the local language. You can take the trip of your dreams and be whoever you want to be without the worthless hassle. In case you are having second thoughts, it’s time you said goodbye to your anxiety.

Here are some reasons why solo travel is insanely awesome!

  1. Ultimate Freedom

One of the best things about travelling solo is that you get to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Don’t want to go to an art gallery today? Visit the market instead! Want to stay out all night or catch a few extra hours of sleep? There isn’t anyone to tell you what to do. You get to call the shots and spend your time doing what YOU want to do.

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  1. Speedy Sightseeing

One can fly through sightseeing as one doesn’t need to compromise and wait for someone to get ready in the morning. You don’t need to wait a second longer at a place that you want to. This includes skipping the popular sights if they don’t happen to appeal to you. Travel alone and you’ll be given the gift of time; which means you’ll be able to fit more destinations and activities into a trip without feeling like you’re making a sacrifice.

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  1. Eating Healthy

The vast majority of travelers don’t make an effort to eat healthy while on the road. Many people see travel as an opportunity to indulge; foodies often prioritize the pleasure of food over health benefits. Usually those who have long-established health and fitness habits eat consistently on the road. If you’re determined to eat healthy, it’s so much easier to make decisions and stick to them when you’re traveling on your own. Whether you go for sparkling water instead of cappuccinos, go vegan for a week, or eat a big salad for a meal every day, it’s a million times easier to do so when you don’t have friends distracting you with their indulgences.

  1. Special VIP Treatment

What happens if you’re the only one to sign up for a group tour or activity? You might inadvertently end up on a private tour despite paying a group tour price. That means that if it’s a surfing or rock-climbing lesson, you’ll have 100% of the instructor’s attention — you’ll learn so much faster. On a history- or art-oriented tour, you’ll be able to have an in-depth conversation with your guide instead of getting a group lecture. And if it’s a one-person-at-a-time activity like zip-lining, you’ll be able to hop from line to line without for everyone else to go!

  1. Trying New Things

You might end up going on that white-water rafting day trip or paragliding – those once in a lifetime experiences that you never would have done if you’d been in the comfort of your own region and friends – You Only Live Once.

  1. Zero Drama

You’re not with your usual friends so wave goodbye to the regular drama – no crying on night’s out or dependant friends that need taking home. You’re there for you and you alone, so the only drama you’re going to experience is if you make it!

  1. Become an Avid Reader

If you don’t read as much as you used to but wish you could pick up the habit again, solo travel is the perfect opportunity! When you travel with a companion, you’ll always be talking. When you’re on your own, you’ll have a lot of time to fill. And while you could spend it engrossed in your phone, scrolling through photos on Facebook, you could just as easily spend it reading a book.

  1. Wave Goodbye to Loneliness

In fact, when travelling solo, you will never feel lonely. Once you get to any hostel or hotel and you will see plenty of solo travelers who are in the same boat. You all travel for the same reasons, you all miss home at some point and you all want to experience new things. It is incredible to see how much you have in common with people who you have not met before. You get to know each other; you make friends and keep in touch. We meet once again after some time in a different place and you all laugh at all of these awkward and unforgettable moments you shared together.

  1. Save Those Bucks

In most cases, you can find travelling solo cheaper than travelling with someone.  Nobody teases you with local delicacies so it is easier to resist the temptation and spend less money on food. You are also more likely to buy less souvenirs and useless gadgets. More importantly, your travel companion might prefer more convenient and expensive way of travelling and it’s sometimes awkward to say “Sorry, it’s too expensive for me”.

  1. Overcome Your Fears

What does not kill you, makes you stronger and that’s so true. When you are left on your own, you start fighting for what really matters to you. You overcome the fear of heights, darkness, spiders or even new food. The more you travel, the less you fear. As long as you make regular solo trips, you will feel more confident each time, no matter what your fear is which is also a good excuse to travel regularly.

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  1. Discover Yourself

Once you set off on a solo journey to unknown place, you start getting to know yourself much better. You are on your own. You start listening to your heart and you are finally able to achieve some level of internal equilibrium and focus of mind. You start to discover yourself once again – things you are capable of, things you are afraid or scared of. You face your fears and you defeat them. There is no stress around and you feel alive.
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