For some people, the reason why they haven’t gone traveling for a while is because no one can go with them. Most hesitate to even consider solo traveling because they think it’s either boring or lonely. Yet solo traveling can be one of the best experiences you’ll have.
Indeed, there’s no better way to learn more about yourself than by traveling alone and getting away from all that can distract you. Here, let’s highlight the many reasons why solo travel can be rewarding.
It’s okay to be selfish
Traveling alone may be the only time you’re allowed to think only of yourself. When you’re traveling with someone, it means you’ll have to consider what they want to eat, where they want to go, and what they want to do. This is extra challenging if you and you’re companion have very different interests. As a solo traveler, you get to be your own boss. You’ll have the freedom to do whatever you like, whenever it pleases you.
A chance to meet interesting people
When you’re traveling in a group, chances are that you can’t get away from them and wander off. Solo traveling is an opportunity for you to chat with the locals and meet new people. A chance to put yourself out there and really get to know the world through the eyes of other people.
No chance of drama
What one person wants to experience during the trip may not be the same as another person’s. This is what makes traveling with someone difficult: you’ll have to constantly make sure everyone’s having fun. It can be stressful to keep thinking about ways to entertain each person, and sometimes it causes friction in the group. Traveling alone means you’re the only one making the call. No need to discuss an itinerary with someone else because it’s your own time.
You can take as many breaks as you want
Let’s say you’ve just gone around the Penang to check out all the street art sprawled around the city. You’re tired and you feel like taking a nap before going out again. You can definitely do this without ever feeling guilty about wasting someone’s vacation experience. Being in a group means there’s pressure to keep going out. Alone, you can go back to your Penang accommodation as often as you want. Maybe even relax at Royale Chulan Penang’s jacuzzi area while nibbling on some delicious treats.
Some people think that it’s way more expensive when you’re shouldering all the expensive, but it can actually be way cheaper. You can find cheap accommodation when you book directly on the hotel website, like the aforementioned Royale Chulan Penang with their discounts and promos. Airline tickets also offer seasonal deals which will help you save a lot of money. Food isn’t going to be a problem too because you only have yourself to feed, so you get to decide if you’re really hungry or just want a snack.
Improve your language skills
Often, on a trip to a foreign country, we interact with people who can’t understand English. This forces us to learn how to communicate basic things like greetings and questions using the local language. You’re most likely to rely on other people to help you translate. When you only have yourself to rely on, you’ll get in head first into full culture immersion. Nerve-wracking, but it’s also really exciting especially when you’re able to make simple conversation with the locals.
All in all, it’s less of a hassle on a solo travel. Decisions and excursions all depend on your mood for that day. No need to think about what your friends might think if you decide to go off the itinerary, and no stress over how much you should spend on lunch. For your next trip, try going solo and see how the experience goes.