Traveling or doing anything alone can be seen as scary and many people do not have the courage to do so. Here at Astrid Solo Travel Advisor, we encourage it! Traveling alone and spending time alone is so refreshing and beneficial to personal growth. It allows you to see places you've dreamed of without constraint, meet locals, step outside of your comfort zone, and truly reflect.
3 Top Reasons to Travel Solo
1. Magic Happens When You Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Visiting a new place is always exciting. Visiting a new place alone can be exhilarating. Many people fear traveling alone, so you'll be proud of yourself once you actually challenged yourself to do it and realize with proper planning you can go solo most anywhere in the world and have a wonderful travel experience. Solo travel definitely helps establish a personal sense of independence and adventure.
2. You'll Get to Know Yourself Like Never Before
I'm a firm believer that spending time alone is one of the key ways you can really know who you are without the words, thoughts, and actions of others constantly influencing you. You are forced to be more observant and take more in. Traveling alone allows you to spend quality time with yourself and get to know who you really are on a deeper level.
3. Make New Friends
Traveling alone doesn't mean you have to be alone. When traveling alone, it's easy to strike up a conversation with locals or fellow travelers with the right mindset. Ask for things to do suggestions for where you are visiting to break the ice. If the conversation is comfortable, go with the flow.
If you don't want to be alone the whole time you can join a day tour, participate in group activity such as a cooking class, attend a local meetup group, or simply speak to the person sitting next to you in a local restaurant. You'll be able to meet locals and usually, other like-minded travelers who could possibly become life-long friends if you are openminded and approachable.
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Author: Astrid Clements
Astrid Solo Travel Advisor CEO and founder, Astrid, has spent over 40 years traveling around the world. She is passionate about embracing the world’s diverse cultures and sharing with others the global need and personal benefit of cultural literacy. Her focus is on affordable luxury travel that is both substantive and fun! To read more about her and each one of our Solo Travel Advisors, head over to theAbout page!