You are here

4 Reasons to Add Solo Travel to your 2018 Travel Bucket List

The idea of solo travel can be daunting for a number of reasons. For one – although Flight Centre will be there to help you map out and book your trip – inevitably you’ll have to be prepared to adapt should things not quite go to plan while you’re away. Then there’s the fear of being bored or even lonely at some point along the way. And there’s no doubt it will put your decision-making and problem-solving skills to the test. All that said, learning to explore an alien destination alone can actually be one of the most rewarding and life-enriching experiences. Intrigued? Here are four reasons to take the plunge in 2018 and experience solo travel for yourself:

You’ll experience complete freedom

By far, one of the most appealing aspects of solo travel is the ability to please yourself. From creating an itinerary to taking the day at your own pace, no other travel opportunity will present such an unbridled sense of freedom. While you don’t have the safety net of travelling with someone close to you, the benefit of not having to compromise and being able to tailor your entire experience to your personal interests and passions cannot be overlooked. Don’t want to look around a particular tourist attraction? You don’t have to; solo travel allows you to enjoy your dream trip right down to the restaurants you want to dine in.

You can embrace personal growth

Solo travel challenges you in a way that travelling with a companion could never do. It involves leaving the places and people you feel safe with and jumping into the unknown. Travelling alone allows you to push the boundaries and forces you to step out of your comfort zone. Whether you find the idea of flying alone terrifying or you have never eaten alone in a restaurant, facing your fears can be both memorable and invigorating. Overcoming these challenges is empowering and many people find that their confidence levels soar after a solo trip. Whatever happens, you are sure to learn something about yourself that you didn’t know before. Solo travel can make you aware of how capable and resourceful you can be and allow you to uncover skills you never knew you had.

Your horizons will expand  

Travelling solo automatically makes you more receptive to meeting new people and making new friends. As a solo traveller, you are more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger to stave off loneliness. It is also natural for holidaymakers and locals to be curious about your journey. You may even meet some fellow solo travelers who are also looking for company. As a result, you will have the chance to really put your social skills to the test and hopefully come home with memories that you will treasure for a lifetime. You will meet people from all walks of life and learn to live like a local.

You’ll learn to live in the moment

Travelling to a new destination alone encourages you to live in the moment and truly experience an event or a location without interruption. Without any of the distractions that are part and parcel of travelling with a companion, you can immerse yourself fully into a foreign way of life. When you visit a destination with a friend or a loved one, it is quite easy to take a back seat or see it through their eyes, whereas travelling alone can give you a completely new perspective of a place – whether you have visited it before or are visiting for the first time.

Travelling with a friend or a partner is exciting and above all comforting, but travelling alone can be just as rewarding, if not more so.

Inspired to travel solo? Chat to one of our Travel Experts to start planning your tailor-made trip today, or share your solo travel tips and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Written by Remie Lund

Remie Worrall is a freelance writer, luxury lifestyle blogger and Huffington Post contributor with a degree in English Literature from York St John University. Remie writes about beauty, lifestyle and travel. Follow me at @remsluxuryblog

More articles from this author >