We don’t know about you, but after successfully making it through a global pandemic and coming out the other end, and learning SO much about ourselves in the process, we kinda think this is the year we travel solo. Sure, it’s kinda scary, but there are a ton of reasons why we should do it, and we have this sneaking suspicion that maybe the world isn’t as big and scary as we think.
Why travel solo?
(image via: her packing list)
Expand that comfort zone of yours. During Covid leaving our apartment to go get groceries started to feel like an adventure, and after two years(ish) of living that life, we’re starting to realize we’ve gotten really comfortable in our current situation. And while we aren’t saying we want to pack up and move across the country, we fully understand that really great things tend to happen outside of our comfort zones, and what better way to step just outside of that zone than to travel somewhere new by ourselves? And don’t think for a second this means you have to travel abroad, great and wonderful things can happen just a few hours away.
Traveling alone is the ultimate “me time” time. What we mean is, you get to plan your entire trip, every second of every day, according to YOU. You can wake up early, go for a walk, grab breakfast, check out an art museum, peruse local bookshops, take a guided tour of a historical building, look at murals, and have an entire pizza for dinner, all on your own time just for you.
Expand that social circle by meeting new people you probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. Oftentimes when we travel with another person or a group of people, we don’t venture out and talk to locals, we stick to our tribe. And while there isn’t anything necessarily wrong with that, we promise you’re missing out on missing some amazing people. When you travel solo, you don’t have familiar faces to turn to, and we promise you, this can be a beautiful thing.
(image via: macleans)
Traveling solo takes the stress of planning a trip out of the whole taking a trip thing. You don’t have to base what you do around what anyone else likes, instead, you get to choose everything you’ve always wanted to do.
Become a self-care queen. Traveling by yourself means you get to nap when you want to, catch up on some reading (on the beach, we might add) if you’d like to, eat food that you love, see the sights you’ve always wanted to see, and so on. These are all ways we can care for and love ourselves while we’re out in the world. So take the trip for you.