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Traveling alone is not the most popular way of traveling. Yet, solo trips are gaining popularity. The world is much safer than it used to be, and with global connectivity, you can plan a journey from the confines of your home and then take off alone. If you are considering taking a trip after your retirement, traveling alone can be a great idea.
Solo trips are very popular with young people, but it doesn't have to be something that only the young do. A 2018 study by Booking.com found “a surge in solo travel, with 40% of global baby boomers having taken a solo trip in the last year, and another 21% planning to take one in the future.” In this article, we list some significant benefits of traveling alone.
10 Surprising Benefits of Traveling Alone
1. You Will Make New Friends
When you travel alone, you will not have a friend to share the entire journey, but you will discover new friendships from your experiences. Traveling alone will give you ample opportunities to make friends along the way. You might be surprised how friendly and excited other travelers are to share experiences and discuss each other's journeys. Try striking up conversations with locals too that are eager to show off their hometowns. You will meet new people, learn about their lives, and you will gain some new perspectives about our beautiful world.
2. You Will Save Money
When you travel alone, you will save a lot of money. Of course, hotel bookings are cheaper when you share the room with someone else, but you will save more money on other things. You will save money by having more flexibility. You will be able to choose a cheaper airplane ticket that works for you. You may save some money by just staying in a more affordable hotel. When you travel alone, you're free to make these choices, and the only accommodation you have to make is for yourself.
Saving money will come from making trade-offs. For example, you may wish to purchase a certain experience that is a little costly and then save money by just getting a sandwich for lunch from a kiosk off the street instead of eating at that expensive restaurant. When you travel alone, you are free to make these budget-friendly choices.
3. You Will Feel Free
Many senior travelers want total freedom in their travels. Over the years, you may have developed a particular taste for things, which is very difficult to find in other people. For example, you may want to go on a fishing trip or a tour of historic sites, which frankly, may not be on everyone's to-do list. Traveling alone opens these possibilities by giving you total freedom on what you want to do and where.
4. You Can Make or Break Plans
One of the definite benefits of traveling alone is that you get to be excited about new things that pop up throughout your journey. For example, if you want to attend a concert that is being held next week, you can freely extend your stay in that town. In addition, if you are traveling alone, you are the master of your time, and you can as well stay as long or as short as you wish. Finally, from a logistical point of view, it's easier to move a single ticket around than cancel and rework group bookings.
When you spend a lot of time with yourself, you get time to self-reflect. You will learn new things about yourself. You will not be bothered by anyone else; you can spend all this time doing what you like and just being yourself.
You will need to make your choices yourself, navigate around by yourself, entertain yourself at times, which will only improve your knowledge of yourself. You might even be surprised how capable you are of handling new and unknown situations.
6. You Will Expand Your Comfort Zone
Traveling alone will surely take you out of your comfort zone. You will have to deal with stressful situations and will have to make some difficult choices. But, this experience will only make you better. Stepping out of your comfort zone will truly enrich your life. Such experiences will test you, but they will also teach you. You will find it challenging to communicate with locals or to trek to the nearest hotel on a mountain. But, you will grow as a person. And the next time around, you will not be as afraid of the unknown.
7. You'll Build Confidence
Imagine coming back from a solo trip and telling your friends and your children/grandchildren about your exploits. Imagine telling them about cuisines they have never heard of or about sleeping in a unique hotel. You will return feeling much more confident than before. This confidence will translate into other things as well. You will be confident when dealing with other people and difficult circumstances. You may even learn to dance and sing. And most importantly, you will be comfortable and confident just being yourself.
8. You Will Enjoy Your Company
When you travel alone, you get to put yourself first. You will learn to spend quality time with yourself while doing the things that you like. In light of these freedoms, you will start appreciating your own company much more. Being able to enjoy your own time is also important to have a stable relationship with other people. You will not have to rely on anyone else.
9. You Will Become a Storyteller
Traveling alone will make you a more interesting person. It is something that most of us desire to do at some point in our lives, but only a very few of us actually get around to doing it. From your travels, you will have amazing stories to share, you will meet interesting characters of the world, and you will have your own adventures. Traveling alone will make you a person of the world, someone who can recall the croissants of Paris and the auroras of Finland.
10. You'll Learn New Perspectives
Taking a solo adventure will help you see the world from your own eyes without being influenced by anyone else. In addition, if you're traveling alone, you're more likely to strike up a conversation with the locals and even make a friend or two along the way. You may learn to see the world in a new light through their fresh perspective, and this will enrich your knowledge.
That's not all. Traveling alone will bring a lot more benefits than those that we have listed in this article. Most importantly, you will see the world in a new way. In addition to this, as they say, you will most importantly find yourself. Traveling alone will help you become a better person. It will add depth to your character and a sense of flair to your personality. Traveling alone will let you travel freely without having to compromise anything.
So, let us know in the comments below - where is your next solo travel destination?