Why traveling alone can be a life-changing experience

We’ve all been on those family holidays where you all rely on each other. You make the daily decisions of where to go, what to do, and what time to do it together. You know that someone is always there to talk to, to laugh with, and to share the dinner bill. And while that’s a nice thing to fall back on, it can sometimes take away from your surroundings. You’re more focused on making sure that everyone else is happy, rather than just doing what you want to do. And so you choose to go traveling alone.

Being out there alone gives you the chance to wander, and sit and relax. It gives you a chance of taking the time out to watch the world go by. Lying out by the pool in some of the luxury villas in Canngu, and thinking about just how perfect this very moment is. Mixing with the locals as a single traveler is bound to introduce more conversation and interest too. You see, a lot of people are fearful of traveling alone. That is because they assume that they’ll get lonely, nervous, and anxious because they don’t have anyone by their side. But you’d be surprised about how social it will be, if not more so now that you’re riding solo.

Here are some more benefits:

The locals

As a solo traveler, you will talk a lot more to the locals around you. You will be approached by them too, as they’ll be curious about what you’re doing there and where the rest of the journey will take you. It’s also very handy as they will often know all of the hidden gems like the best places to eat seafood and the best bars to party in. Not only that, but you will learn about them and their lives living like a local. You will also be able to teach them about your own experiences, both here and back at home. You may also bump into other travelers along the way who would love to share stories with you. They may even join you on your adventure for a little bit.

The self-reflection

When on your own, it gives you a lot of time to yourself, and you are able to answer some questions that you may have never been able to answer before. Sometimes being in a completely different environment to what you’re used to can have a lot of positive effects on the mind, because you’re in a new, clear space, without the negative reminders that may be around you where you usually live. You can find out a lot about yourself because you have the time to now. There is no need to rush or worry about those usual daily responsibilities. You can take time and confront things head-on in a place that is so beautiful and comforting that you’ll feel as though you can take anything as it comes.

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8 Thoughts to “Why traveling alone can be a life-changing experience”

  1. I traveled alone twice this year and really enjoyed the reflection and exploration. I’ve decided to do more solo travel next year. While I miss having someone to share it with, it gave me a completely different experience.

  2. Jackie S.

    I haven’t done a lot of solo travels, but I love the thrills of being able to explore a place on my own schedule. Plus, it brings me out of my comfort zone when I have to figure out things myself. Sometimes I rely too much on my husband. I agree with you that locals tend to talk to you more when you’re by yourself as I had that happen when I ate solo for dinner during a work trip in Las Vegas. Onwards to more solo travels!

  3. I solo-traveled for two years in 2015 and 2016 until I met my travel partner. I agree to you. It gives you a lot of time to think about yourself and you can find answers to a lot of questions which you otherwise would have not. It changed my life to be honestly.

  4. I’ve never travelled alone. I’ve flown alone before and gone on a work trip but never actually travelled for any period of time on my own. I like travelling with a buddy but can see how freeing it would be.

  5. I think both of your reasons for travelling solo are good. I think that being alone and taking stock of your life is worthwhile every now and then. However, speaking to the locals would be my number one reason to do it. You would get truly authentic experiences meeting and getting to know locals.

  6. I’ve always enjoyed traveling alone. I’d agree with both the reasons you mentioned. I also think it’s good to continue to challenge ourselves and remind ourselves that we can do things on our own, even if we don’t always want to. And because then you never have to argue with someone about where to eat ?

  7. I completely agree – when you’re by yourself, you tend to make more friends because you make the effort to talk to the people around you! And it surely is a great time for self reflection. I also love the freedom and independence that comes along with it – to be able to do whatever you want, whenever you want to!

  8. Val

    I do most of my travels alone and it’s always a fascinating experience! It opens my mind, puts me in touch with fantastic people and makes me feel great! 🙂

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