Are you planning for your next trip and you are still unsure whether to go alone or with one of your friends? Do you belong to those people who are afraid to be on their own? And have you ever questioned those feelings?
To make things much easier for you, whether be it now or in the near future, we created a list of elements that you may need to take into account. And we are absolutely sure that it makes you another human being if you still struggle to take solo travelling on your agenda.
1. Solo travelling makes you more independent.
Surely, travelling with friends is pure fun. But consider this: How much time can you spend on the things that you truly want to see or to do? Do you have space and time for yourself during those days?
The beauty of solo travelling is that you are in charge of your own time and activities. But as with dozens of different things in life, you are responsible for making it the best time for yourself. You have already blocked a certain amount of time for yourself, so why don’t you go ahead and plan a little bit on the framework of your travel time?
2. It’s all about the planning.
Whether you love planning or not, you should definitely consider it while travelling alone. Determine how much time you actually have and make priorities of the activities you want to do. You don’t need to break down your plans to the last minute but a general overview of the things you may want to do will save you a chunk of time while you are travelling. “I can vividly remember my first solo trips in Australia: Sometimes I spent a whole morning to make a plan of activities while I was sitting in my hotel room”, Mark says.
Planning especially applies if you do weekend trips or you just have little time.
3. You appreciate loneliness.
By definition, human beings depend on other people and need to socialise with others. It can be both a blessing but also a barrier when you travel and want to see other places. And in fact, most people are being afraid to be alone.
Solo trips never exclude social interactions with other people. But what it enables is a large amount of time where you finally have a chance to reflect on your own development, your own agenda and the experiences you have encountered in other areas of your life.
4. You have to apply what you learn from language lessons.
There is a general consensus that travelling improves your language skills, especially if you learn a foreign language. “Don’t be afraid to travel alone. It makes things much easier and you will get comfortable when you apply the things that you have learnt from a foreign language”, Mark says.
Travelling with friends who speak the same mother tongue as you do can actually harm those intentions. The reverse can happen if you travel with friends who speak different languages as their mother tongue. People will understand you anyway if you speak a foreign language and you are travelling alone. You will be surprised how you can accelerate your language skills just in a matter of weeks.
5. You can do what you want. Just do it.
And hey, this is probably the biggest joy you can have if you don’t travel with your besties or with a large group of friends: Do whatever the hell you want to do!
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