Traveling itself can be such a daunting task. From planning your daily activities to making sure everyone you’re traveling with is on time for the scheduled tours. Now imagine doing this alone? No one to answer to just navigating through unknown territory on your own. It could be intimidating, but one of the best experiences you will have in your life. After all isn’t life all about taking yourself out of your comfort zone?
Last November after having a stressful few months I randomly decided to take a trip to Chicago by myself. It was one of those “I need some me time away from familiarity moments.” I booked the trip 4 days before and off I went. Having never been to Chicago, I was happy to explore and go on an adventure. During my three day exploration, I was able to reflect, set goals to accomplish for the new year, meet new people and most importantly unplug and relax. Here are 5 reasons why you’ll love traveling alone from time to time.
1. MAKES PLANNING THE TRIP EASIER
Who better than to plan a trip for yourself than you? Imagine traveling on your own accord and doing what you feel like it. No stress involved what so ever. Just you, yourself and you! Take the opportunity to go to museums, take a city tour, and eat in restaurants you otherwise wouldn’t go to with someone else. Don’t skip out on anything because you’re alone. Instead, cherish the moments.
2. YOU CONTROL YOUR ITINERARY
Sometimes planning a trip with a group can be such a struggle. It starts with figuring out when everyone’s schedule aligns. Then once that is settled you start asking questions such as where will we eat? Where will we stay? What will we do? The best part about traveling alone is you can avoid all these questions and compromises you often have to make. If you choose to sit on the beach for 3 days and read, go for it. It’s your trip and you’re in control.
3. IT WILL CHALLENGE YOU
As I stated earlier it could be a little challenging navigating unfamiliar territory. Being alone forces you to step out of your comfort zone without the security of others by your side. Traveling alone will not only allow you to see new things but in the process, you will discover yourself. Welcome the challenges with open arms.
4. MEET NEW PEOPLE/ FRIENDS
One of the biggest misconceptions of traveling alone is that you will be lonely. People are actually more friendly than you think. Head to a local bar and start chatting it up with the bartender. Before you know it you’ll end up with a few new friends and extensive knowledge of the place you’re visiting.
5. YOU WILL GAIN CONFIDENCE
After taking a trip on your own you will feel refreshed and on top of the world. You will feel like you can conquer anything. As you feel more confident traveling alone, it will translate into your personal life. Whenever you’re challenged you will reflect on your trip, which will allow you to put things into perspective.
Too many times we often hold ourselves back from experiences because we have no one to share them with. Memories can be created on your own if you allow yourself to do it. If you haven’t taken a trip by yourself I suggest you do so immediately. You will learn to take risks, you will explore, eat amazing food and encounter people from all walks of life. In fact, there are so many things you will do alone that you’ll probably make sure you take a trip alone at least once a year.