Overlooking Boracay Island

7 reasons why travelling solo is good for you

 

 

I may not have all the right reasons listed here, but this are the ones that I gained from travelling solo. I hope it will inspire you to do the same and rediscover the great things about yourself.

You go through the healing process easier.

You may not realize it, but we all have a need to go through a healing process. May it be a loss of a loved one, life changing decisions or simply burn out from your daily routine. I started travelling solo when I became single again. I figured I needed to go somewhere alone. Where I didn’t have to look after someone. Where I can be just myself. Where I can sort things out, clear my mind and plan my next step. So I booked a flight to Boracay, Philippines as a birthday gift for myself. Travelling solo to Boracay made the healing process faster and coping with the situation a lot easier.

You become independent. 

When you travel alone, you learn to depend on yourself. When you get lost in a maze of cobblestone streets of Europe, you don’t get scared or cry. You stop, think and figure it out. You watch out for yourself, you keep safe and keep going. You decide where to go, itinerary for the day, what to eat, what to wear. You don’t need other people to decide for you how you should look today.

You learn to accept yourself.

This is the best part of what travelling solo has done for me. I have learned to accept myself and that I have flaws. I have learned that if I want to change for the better, I have to accept the fact that there is a need for change first. After so many travels, I have learned to accept that I have fear of enclosed spaces, so no cave exploring for me and I’m OK with that.

You break out from your comfort zone. 

Once you get out of your comfort zone, you’ll be amazed to realize about the things you can do and can do without. Forget about people around you telling you need to be like this or like that or that your hair is a mess. Travelling solo has taught me that it doesn’t matter how many days it has been since I washed my hair. I’m in the middle of nowhere, who cares? And yes it doesn’t matter.

Travelling solo restores your faith in humanity. 

Along the way in your journey, you will meet people who can help you with your current situation. Maybe a missed train stop and you need to know directions or cancelled taxi booking and along came someone with a car rental and offering you a ride to your destination. I call them angels. They restore my faith in humanity. I still believe that people can do good and can be trusted.

You learn from your mistakes.

I’ve made a thousand mistakes from all the travels that I’ve done. Wrong turns, got lost because I left my printed map in a cafe, missed train stops, packed the wrong kind of shoes, booked the wrong flight and a lot more. But all this doesn’t stop me to travel again. It even makes me want to go ahead and travel more, whispering to myself, next time this, next time that. You simply learn from it and do better. Just charge it to experience.

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. - C.S. Lewis Click To Tweet

You become confident.

If you lack self-confidence, the more you are indecisive about situations that happen to you everyday. You decide to do what the rest of the group is doing or just go with the flow without even understanding why. If you are confident about yourself, the more you are sure of what you want to do or which direction to take. After several solo travels, I have become to be more self-confident. I notice that I have become more decisive about decisions that I make, even at the office. I stand up for what I know is right.

May I add that nothing beats that feeling when your family and friends are ever so proud of you and what you have accomplished. So go travel the world. Rediscover yourself. And be amazed at who you can be and what you can do.

Spend some time alone. - Dalai Lama Click To Tweet

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  1. Reply

    I almost exclusively travel with my husband, but I’ll never forget doing Switerland for a month on my own. I no longer could depend on him for his map skills or to bounce ideas off of. I left that adventure feeling so proud of myself and learned how independent I truly could be.

  2. When I travel, I often travel with my husband and children, however, sometimes a trip by myself can be relaxing. Everyone needs a little alone time every now and then and traveling is a great form of alone time. You learn new things about yourself and can even become more independent. Great article!

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • April 24, 2016
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      Thanks for dropping by and visit again soon!

  3. I travel solo sometimes and with my husband sometimes. I’ve loved my time on my own. I’ve experienced much of what you list here, but I think accepting yourself is the key. When you do, the confidence and independence and acceptance of others all fall into place. And, yes! Who cares if your hair isn’t washed?! Love that! 😉

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • April 24, 2016
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      Thank you for sharing your views. Drop by again soon!

  4. Traveling solo did restore my faith in humanity. I got a lot of help from people and I realized that as much as you should be wary of people trying to take advantage of you, you also meet people who just wants to share and help out.

    • anna
    • April 24, 2016
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    Couldn’t agree more with all your points! Since I left to backpack the world, I have changed in countless ways. All for the better, except now I have a hard time staying put in one place.

  5. Reply

    When I was traveling solo in Thailand a few years back, I met a German girl who had recently become single. Initially she was too quiet & looked like lost. But after sometime, we became friends and it was an awesome for for both of us. We were there for one another and with each other.

    It’s been 7 years, we are still friends.
    Thanks for this post, it reminded me of that time. 🙂

  6. Reply

    A great read. I’m going on my first solo trip in a long time starting this week. Two weeks in Bali. Thanks for some more inspiration.

  7. Reply

    Really enjoyed this read because I have just started doing anything solo for the first time in my 47 years over the past year or so. I really like having to be independent and make all the decisions on my own plus it is much easier to mingle and make friends because the people I generally travel with are not so inclined to be social. Nice.

    • UYC
    • April 28, 2016
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    Agreed. We love to travel as a couple, as a family, and we love doing it solo too. They are very different.
    Growth can be found in any of those but I really believe that more growth can be found in solo travel.

  8. Reply

    All of those points are so true! I’ve travelled solo to a few countries to live, but I have never traveled solo for just a visit. It’s strange that I have no desire to travel solo, but don’t mind living in another country solo. I guess my idea of fun is traveling with friends 🙂

  9. When I first travelled solo I found it difficult, however after having the experience of time on my own and also making new friends in different hostels and bars, it’s amazing how you adapt! It definitely gives me confidence and it definitely allows you connect more to the people in the place you are visiting, I’ve had so many kind experiences, from our taxi driver (a grandfather of 13!) buying us fresh fruit, to a free lift from the airport in Beirut, to the locals helping us out when we got the wrong train in Japan. Those experiences make life!

  10. Reply

    Oh yes! I traveled solo through Europe for over a decade, it was so liberating! I loved every moment of it. I still look forward to solo trips, but I admit, it is nice to have a travel partner, too.

  11. Reply

    All great reasons plus many more! I love traveling solo – it has definitely made me a stronger and better person all round. I had to laugh when you wrote “you don’t get scared or cry” about getting lost. Well maybe sometimes… but then I still figure it out ha ha. (I have a terrible sense of direction!). I have gone on a few solo trips in my lifetime and look forward to many more. Thanks for sharing!

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • June 23, 2016
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      You are most welcome. In all of my travels, I always get lost by finding your way is the best part of travelling solo! Thanks for dropping by!

  12. Reply

    Fully agree, but one downside is: you do end up explaining who you are, where you are from and where you are going every day again and again.

      • carlaabanes@justtravellingsolo.com
      • June 23, 2016
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      Yeah, I even think of recording my answers so I can just play it when someone asks me again hahaha kidding!

  13. Reply

    I agree with every point you wrote. I have traveled with friends and on my own, and I would prefer to travel on my own to retain freedom, confidence and independence. Another good side about solo travel is that it makes me super low-maintenance and do not give a damn about other people’s opinions. “Did not wash my hair for days, in the middle of nowhere”, wear same shirts for a week, walk to the store with dreadlocks – yes really nobody cares and I don’t even care haha.

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