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Solo travel is massively on the rise – especially amongst women, and for good reason. Previously people would wait around for friends to go traveling with them. Nowadays there’s no need to do that! You can go traveling anytime you want. Of course, it wasn’t that you weren’t able to do this before. It’s just that people didn’t have the same kind of access to things like social media or apps that bring the world closer together. Helping to show that it’s possible and safe to travel alone.

The Pros And Cons Of Solo Travel

What was perhaps quite un-imaginable around 20 years ago is totally normal today, and that’s largely thanks to the power of the internet. I know and hear about female solo travelers now more than ever. However, we know that solo travel isn’t something that comes as the first choice for everyone. If it’s something you’re on the fence about, then in this post we’re going to share with you some of the pros and cons of solo travel. Then you can make up your mind about what’s the best option for you.

Pros: 

Freedom to Do What You Want:

As a lone traveler, probably one of the best pros of solo travel is that you get to do what you want whenever you want. Unlike if you’re traveling with friends, family, or a partner where you’ll have to compromise on the things you both want to experience.

Whilst compromise certainly isn’t a bad thing and is actually a rather great life skill to have. It’s quite understandable that when you’re traveling you’ll want to see the things you want and that’s not always going to be the same as what someone else wants when traveling together.

For example, if you’re traveling with someone who’s a bit more laid back. They may enjoy things like lying beside the pool, while you’re the adventurous type who likes to do things like go hiking or plan activities like snorkelling in the Galapagos islands. There’s potentially going to be a bit of a mismatch there.

It’s a Truly Liberating Experience:

There’s nothing quite as liberating as the experience of traveling on your own. The funny thing is – it doesn’t even need to be somewhere far away for you to benefit from feeling liberated. You feel a freedom and sense of being able to cope on your own like no other when you travel completely on your own. It’s quite addictive, which is why solo travelers tend to find it difficult to travel with other people once they’ve been traveling on their own.

It Will Build Your Confidence:

Traveling solo is something that’s incredible for your confidence, and with each trip it gets better. You start to realize that your fears are just that – fears, and they’re not real. This doesn’t mean you need to stop being careful, but you realize that you’re so much more capable of things than you ever thought.

You’ll Meet Amazing People:

Traveling solo doesn’t mean that you need to be alone the entire time. You’ll often find that groups of solo travelers meet up with other solo travelers and become great friends. Solo travelers understand each other’s desires for freedom and independence, but they also sometimes like to hang out with like-minded people. I seen people arrange to meet all over the world and these relationships can be some of the best friendships you’ll ever find.

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Cons:

It Can Be More Expensive:

Unfortunately if you’re traveling solo, there’s not a whole lot of companies who cater for this. You’ll often have to pay a premium to book a double room for a single person, for example. Of course, you can bypass this by doing things like staying in hostels that are used to a lone traveler, Airbnb or even finding a company who focuses on singles travel groups. I’ve never personally tried any singles travel groups, but I’ve heard great things from fellow travelers.

It Can Get Lonely:

Especially if you’ve never traveled solo before and are used to traveling with other people, it can get lonely. Of course you may love traveling solo, but you’re still human and there are moments in life when it’s just nice to have someone else around. Being a lone traveler isn’t always easy, but it’s something I believe everyone should try at least once.

You’ll Have to Get Creative with Taking Pictures:

A big part of traveling is capturing your memories through beautiful photos. If you want to be in those photos, then you’re going to have to get creative when traveling solo since you won’t have someone to take them for you. The best way to go about this is to invest in a selfie stick or even a tripod with a remote that you can use to take pictures of yourself in your favorite spots. You can pick these up online and offline at very affordable prices.

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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.

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