Many people travel as a group for several reasons. They want company. They want to save up on cost by sharing the expenses. They may also be afraid to explore by themselves. Traveling alone may not be for everyone especially for women, but here are six reasons why sometimes it is better to go solo rather than go with a group.
Because you can travel at your own time.
I have organized some trips and it takes rigorous planning and coordination with everyone. I have to check everyone’s schedule and consider how much each is willing to shelve out. Booking flights is another factor. I have traveled alone and it was fun. The only schedule that I needed to consider was - mine.
I can go just anytime I want to.
Because it will help you make better decisions.
One problem with traveling within a group is everyone wants to go somewhere else. Sometimes it is so hard to agree on what place the group will go to. And when the group has decided, does everybody like all the “what to do’s or the “must-see’s” in that location. I love waterfalls, churches, and culture. I like the areas that are quiet and laid back. Not all of my friends do. Some of my friends love the nightlife, but I don’t.
Think again. After you have listed down all the tourist spots and must-do’s, do you really think you want do everything on the list, much less your friends? Some things or places may appeal to your friends but not to you, so why would you go there just for the sake of saying you have been there.
Traveling by yourself lets you choose where you want to go, arrange what you want to do and visit what you want to see. You will be responsible for all your choices. In the end, the experience will help you make better decisions as you go on.
Because you can make or break your own itinerary.
Tourists follow an itinerary, travellers have no fixed plans. While it is good to have an itinerary to follow, it will just be your guide. There is no need to follow it most of the time. I know some people who keep up with their itinerary but they missed the point of traveling. It is about enjoying the place, it is not about being able to see many places in one time. It is also not about having a “selfie” or “groupie.”
Traveling alone gives you the luxury to move at your own pace. Stay in a place that you enjoy most. No need to worry if your friends want to move to the next part of the itinerary. Sleep as much as you want to, eat when you are hungry, and go around when you feel doing so.
The idea of traveling is to relax and recharge yourself from the stress of the working in the city. There is no need to hurry.
Because you can do what you, want to do.
Traveling is all about being able to do what you want. While there are lot of activities out there, which your friends enjoy, some of which you have not tried or comfortable doing so, it does not mean you have to do it also. There are people who love the outdoors, would explore anything and are capable of camping out anywhere. Yet, there are also people whom are not comfortable not being to take a hot shower at the end of the day or sleeping in the luxury of a comfortable bed. Traveling by yourself lets you control what you want to do.
Because it is lighter on the pocket.
While travelling alone, I do not need to heed to anyone else’s comfort. I would be spending only on what I require and for the things that are absolutely necessary. There won’t be any peer pressure to stay at expensive hotels or eat in fancy restaurants. I could find much cheaper options if I want to.
Because traveling is all about you.
It is all about discovering yourself on a place out of your comfort zone. Traveling alone gives you the time to ponder on things. It is about being independent, facing your fears and learning to deal with different people you meet along the way. Being on yourself allows you to make friends along the way.
I have friends who travel alone. They had their hesitations before, but when they started to take a trip on their own, they began to love the idea of traveling solo. What started as weekend trips eventually became two to three weeks of backpacking.
Last year, I met a Chinese student, who went around the Philippines for a three weeks. It was her summer vacation and it was her first solo trip. She never knew anyone in my country, but she was brave. After the trip, she made a ton of friends and promised to go back and explore more. Last time I heard, she went backpacking in Europe earlier this year.
How about you? When are you going to have that solo trip? Do leave a message when you have gone solo.