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The Benefits Of Being A Solo Traveler

man hikingTraveling solo gives you freedom and increases your self-confidence. All travel can help to develop new skills, but traveling alone builds your self-esteem more than traveling in a group. Solo travel means that you are free to go wherever you want to without having to consult a travel partner. Even if it seems daunting to organize a trip completely on your own, dealing with situations independently will build up your courage and your skills. Booking flights, finding a place to stay in a new city, explaining a taxi driver where you want to go – all these situations will boost your self-confidence.

Traveling Solo Means Freedom

Traveling has become easier than ever before, and an increasing number of men and women choose to travel solo. Traveling on your own gives you freedom. If you want to spend the day out sightseeing, you can choose the sights you want to visit. On the other hand, if you want to simply lie down and read a book, you can do so without upsetting a travel companion who would rather go out. You can plan your route and your itinerary to suit your wishes and needs. If you find a new place that seems interesting, you can stay as long as you want to.

Meeting New People

prague metroYou actually meet more people when you travel solo than when you travel with someone else. So many people travel solo today that you can always find people to spend time with, to organize a trip or to share transport. It is easy to meet people when you are on your own. If you are a part of a couple, other travelers often leave you alone assuming you want to spend time together as a couple. If you travel in a group you tend to stick to the group.

When you travel alone it is much easier to meet local people than if you travel in a big group of foreigners. It is easy to make connections and start conversations with a local resident, and people are more likely to talk to a solo traveler than to a big group of foreigners.

Are There Any Downsides to Solo Travel?

When you travel on your own, you won’t have anyone to share travel costs with. This does not matter when planning flights on inexpensive airlines or buying bus tickets, but it does matter if you have to take a taxi. Fortunately it is easy to join other travelers and share taxis or other transport. Accommodation does not have to be more expensive for a single traveler than for a couple. Many budget guesthouses especially in Asia have single rates. Sometimes a single rate simply means that you pay less as a single person even though you stay in a double room.

Safety is an issue to all solo travelers, but traveling alone does not have to be any more dangerous than traveling with someone. As long as you take some precautions and do not take unnecessary risks, solo travel can be perfectly safe. A solo traveler will also find that people in many parts of the world are extremely hospitable, take very good care of you, and make sure you are alright. In many cultures it is not the norm that a woman travels alone, and if you are a solo female traveler people will generally look after you.