Traveling solo is not for everyone. I will be the first one to admit that sometimes it gets lonely, and I most definitely have soul-crushing moments where I wish I had someone with me to experience certain things with.
Mostly because I get to set my own schedule. If I choose to sleep in, greaaaat. I don't have to worry about someone getting frustrated with me for having a lazy morning. If I stand in the same spot for 30 minutes trying to get the PERFECT shot of a sunset, I'm not wasting anyone's time but my own.
Another perk of traveling solo is that you learn to trust yourself. My confidence in my abilities to overcome obstacles (this is my fancy way of saying I get lost a lot and somehow I don't manage to die) has grown exponentially since I began venturing out on my own. The more you travel on your own, the more you learn about yourself.
By default, you also become more social. Because you don't have any one else as a buffer, you get to know the people around you. Whether that is the people you are sharing your hostel dorm with, the people on your tour, or just people on the street when you ask for directions... If you told 15 year-old me that I would be walking up to total strangers and introducing myself on a regular basis, she would laugh in your face.
I am also an extremely indecisive person. I changed my mind three times before I decided on coming to Brighton for my four-day weekend. First it was Paris, then Bristol, briefly Ireland. Finally, the night before my long weekend I went to book my transportation and accommodation and said 'screw it' and decided on Brighton. I like the freedom of being able to make split second decisions like that.
And I guess that's really what I'm trying to say. The bottom line is that I love having the freedom that comes with Solo Travel. I love knowing that my adventures are mine and mine only, and that I don't have to worry about factoring anything else in.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and leave me a comment below and tell me why YOU love solo travel! Or why you hate it... Or if you've never done it but wanted to try!