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Why I First Started Traveling Solo, and Why You Should Too!

It might be the best decision you ever make!

a solo traveler in front of Notre Dame in Paris

What motivates a solo traveler? What is it that makes a person choose to take off all on their own out into the wider world? 

Here’s seven great reasons to start traveling solo. Do any of these sound like you?

#1 - Your Dream Destination Doesn't Appeal to Anyone Else

This was one of the big reasons that I first started traveling solo! After I graduated college, I desperately wanted to go back to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada. I’d attended with tour groups during my years of schooling, but I didn’t have friends that shared that same obsession. No one else thought driving seven hours to Canada to see four or five plays over the course of three days sounded like a good time. So I went on my own! Do you have a destination in mind that you can’t seem to get your friends on board with? Go solo!

#2 - Those Friend Trips Never Seem to Make it Out of the Group Chat

Is your friend group great at dreaming but bad at planning? It’s easy to talk about friend escapades to a whole variety of places, but more often than not, budgets or work schedules or a million other things end up tanking the trip before it can become reality. Don’t get me wrong, friend travels are amazing when they work out, but if you wait around for the group to get themselves organized before you travel, you might never go. So just go!

a solo traveler in a hammock chair with a coffee

#3 - You Want to Get to Know Yourself Better

On a solo trip you have complete control over your itinerary. When you don’t have to filter your choices through the needs of a group, you’ll discover what excites you the most. Traveling solo and filling your days completely with your own choices is the #1 way to discover what you truly enjoy doing.

#4 - You Just Want to be Able to Say You Did It

You know what. This is fair. Solo traveling makes me feel like a complete badass. I won’t pretend I don’t love the astonished looks I get when I talk about my solo trips. I’m that boss solo traveler you know and I’m proud of it.

#5 - So Your Travel Blogger Friend Stops Badgering You to Try Solo Travel

Guilty as charged! Sorry not sorry! Just try it! If you hate it you never have to do it again. But you’ll probably love it and want to do it all the time.

#6 - You Need a Break from Humans

Speaking as an introvert, sometimes you just need time on your own. Traveling solo is even better than standard issue alone time, because you’re adventuring while you do! Plus, if you’re really in a deficit of alone time, a solo trip is an easy way to guarantee several days worth if you want it!

a solo traveler on Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

#7 - You Want to Give Yourself the Gift of Full Travel Autonomy

Solo travel is the ultimate act of self care. You get to be the sole architect of your experience. You get to spend the duration of your trip doing exactly what you want, and not an iota more or less. What better way to show love to yourself?

Do any of these sound like you? If they do, you should seriously consider a solo trip. Whether you end up loving it or hating it, I guarantee it will be an experience unlike anything you’ve ever done before. There are so many resources available to you to help you get started. What are you waiting for?

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Love and Shenanigans,


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