Travelling solo can feel magical.
If you get the opportunity to travel on your own, take it, enjoy it, and experience it to the fullest.
There are pockets in our lives when travelling as a solo traveller is possible, and all too often people pass it by because we choose to focus on our doubts rather than the advantages of solo travel.
The act of setting out into the world to explore on your own can be an exhilarating experience. It can also come with a set of internal conversations, which are completely normal — will I get lonely? Will it be boring? Is it safe? Can I meet new people? Will I get homesick? Will I know what I’m doing?
With all of these questions, peace of mind can be achieved with some simple planning. Many solo travellers choose to work with a travel specialist to ease their doubts and have someone who is standing by with their best interests in mind.
As John Mayer said, “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.”
When we are able to step outside of our comfort zone and see past our own doubts, we surprise ourselves. Travelling alone has the power to shift your perspective about the world in a way that group travel simply cannot deliver.
There are so many advantages to travelling solo! Our team at TierOne Travel has put together a few of our favourites for this blog.
How good would it feel to do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, every day? That is the kind of freedom that solo travel gives you.
With the freedom you will enjoy as a solo traveller, you can save a lot of money. Booking flights and accommodation with flexibility can help you get the best deals just about anywhere.
Whenever people want to travel solo, we always suggest allowing a bit of flexibility in the itinerary. This allows the traveller to do more of what they enjoy.
Following close behind the benefit of flexibility is the benefit of peace. There is a beautiful sense of peace you experience when travelling solo. Being in quiet and stillness is a great way to calm the nervous system and practice being in the present moment.
Typically, when we travel with others, we have this constant need to fill the time with chatter. This chatter takes us away from our surroundings and mutes the entire experience. When we can practice being alone with our thoughts, we can pay attention to what positively stimulates us. We can really take in our surroundings and process the experience.
For some, being alone with your thoughts can be daunting; however, the practice of being aware of your thought patterns can prove to be exponentially significant in all areas of your life.
This one is inevitable. Solo travellers gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence. The realization that you can do it on your own is big enough to make a huge impact on the way you see yourself.
Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will lead to empowerment and independence.
Making decisions on your own, eating on your own, exploring and learning on your own are all ways to broaden your horizon and believe us when we say, you will develop a desire for more of this kind of travel once you have the taste!
Once back home, this newfound confidence will find its way into your relationships, career and even daily routine.
Aside from spending time with yourself, travelling solo presents a plethora of opportunities to meet new people and create lifelong friendships.
You will be surprised to find out how many other solo travellers are out there looking to explore the same sites as you. There is something about being in a foreign place that makes people come out of their shell and reach out to others.
When you travel with friends or family, you are well within your comfort zone and don’t typically put yourself out there for others to meet. We can guarantee that travelling solo will present you with the opposite experience. Since you are living and breathing outside of your comfort zone, talking to and meeting other people will just come naturally.
All of us at TierOne Travel can attest to meeting some of the most impactful people in our lives during our travels!
How well do you know yourself?
This may seem like a simple question, but when you begin to dig past your favourite colour and food, not everyone knows themselves as well as they think.
If you are not sure what your core values are, travelling solo is a sure way to uncover them. You will begin to see your values show up every day in your decision because you, and only you, are making the decisions.
Solo travel is a great way to find out what is important to you.
Thinking of exploring as a solo traveller?
All of our TierOne Travel specialists have all gone on solo adventures in addition to planning them for clients.
Travel specialists understand the concerns and excitement that come with planning a trip on your own and want to assist in any way possible. If you have questions or are ready to start planning, contact us today!