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3 Reasons You Should Travel Solo

3 Reasons You Should Travel Solo

The past couple of months have been crazy! I really needed some time to clear my head, so what did I do? – I booked a solo trip…or three 😀

A lot of my friends thought I was crazy but I promise you it was the best thing I could have done! Here are…

Three Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo

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1. You can do what you want, when you want 

We’ve all been there. Trudging along behind your friends/partner/family as you are dragged along to some boring activity you have absolutely no interest in doing. But you do it anyway because you’re a grown-up and compromise is part of that, (or you’d just rather not get into an argument right now).

Or maybe you’re the one doing the dragging – trying to enjoy your museum trip/hike up a mountain/gallery exhibition but having to deal with this uninterested party that insists on dragging their feet, rolling their eyes and sighing intermittently.

Now what if I told you that you never have to deal with that again?! (for as long as you like, that is)

Guess what the solution is: “riding solo, riding solo, riding solo-solooooo” *Jason Derulo voice* (am I the only person that sings his name? “Ja-son De-rulooo” – anyway, back to the point)

With solo travel, your itinerary is completely at your discretion; you can do what you like, whenever you feel like it!

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2. You learn more about yourself

Now this is an interesting one, and to me probably the most important. Travelling alone often gives you precious time for self-reflection. Usually, the mere presence of another person means quiet-time is rare. You are either doing something, planning something or talking about something. Especially when you share a room with someone, sometimes you could go several days with barely a few minutes to yourself.

A trip by yourself gives you more time for self-reflection but in addition, self-reliance. Just having to figure everything out for yourself activates that feeling of independence. I’m sure we’ve all been there, happily let someone else figure out the way to the airport, sign the car rental documents, speak to the travel insurance company, the list goes on! It’s not to say you’ll automatically have everything figured out but at least you’ll be taking action, asking for help when needed. For a lot of people, this will be completely different experience.

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3. You improve your social skills

Exploring a new country or city by yourself forces you to polish up on your conversational skills so you can make new friends on the road – especially important for an introvert like me! For me personally, it helps me control my RBF a bit better (RBF = resting bitch face – ha!) I have acute RBF (lol) especially being a Londoner, it protects me from awkward convos and creepy guys on trains trying to hit on me. However, being approachable is key to striking up conversations with locals or other tourists when you’re somewhere new. You can learn all sorts of fascinating things from people who know a location better than you. Plus you’ll need to ask nicely if you want someone to step in as a photographer for fabulous photoshoot for the ‘Gram 😀

At very worst you’ll learn to switch your RBF on and off as needed!

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In summary, travelling solo can be an amazing experience that pushes you outside your comfort zone. Is it something you have done before? If not, would you try it? Let me know in the comments below and in the meanwhile, check out my YouTube video on the same topic.

Chat soon,
Lou xx

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26 thoughts on “3 Reasons You Should Travel Solo”

    • Agreed! I always struggle a little on the first day because I’m naturally shy but then it gets so much easier

  • Hi, Lou. You are a very brave and independent woman. I travel solo sometimes but because that is a job assignments. I prefer to go with my familly. The pictures in your posts are great.

    • Thanks Melani! I can imagine being forced to travel without your family must suck sometimes – I had that for a while too. For me personally, I found that I struggled at first and was really unhappy about it until I changed my outlook. I made a conscious effort to find a silver lining and that was how I got into running and yoga! It made my time with family and friends much sweeter too! 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by 😀

  • Hi. I have trouble doing anything by myself. It would be very difficult for me to do this but at the same time I think it would be very beneficial. This is something I should consider as I embark on new life changes. And BTW I also have RBF (medium to acute) sadly because that’s now who or how I am. But being from NYC it kind of just comes with the territory.

  • Yes, I have traveled solo before and the self-reliant part was huge for me. I’ve always considered myself independent in life in general but when I’ve traveled it’s always been with my parents. So when I went by myself I realized just how much there is to consider and to remember.

    • I know right?! It’s when you rock up to a new country without even checking the visa requirements that you realise you’re too used to people helping you sort stuff like that haha! (I’ve done that one before lol)

  • I don’t think I’ll be able to get around to it this year, but I’ve set a goal to take a solo trip in the next year. I’ve done plenty of travelling but always go with friends or family. I think it’s about time for a solo adventure.

  • Early on, a lot of my travel was solo. I loved traveling by myself, mostly for the reasons you’ve mentioned in this article. I remember fondly my time on Mykonos in Greece. I spent every morning sitting in a cafe on the waterfront writing in my journal and watching a man sand his boat. It was heaven!!

  • I would love to go somewhere alone, at least for 5 days. But while I still have little children, I’ll have to wait. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to it!

  • I love this. Planning my 2nd solo trip to NOLA in March. My only question is, who takes your pictures when you travel solo? lol. When I took my 1st solo trip I just had a bunch of boring selfies and mirror pics. Did you use a tripod and set a timer or just randomly asked people to take your picture?

    • Omg sorry for the delayed response!! 🙈
      I am sooooo jealous – I really want to go to NOLA, I’ve heard such great things!

      Right so taking pics is a tough one, I would say it’s actually the most difficult thing as a Travel blogger. So I would recommend one of three things depending on the kind of pictures you want:
      1. Ask people to take pics of you. I’d recommend composing the shot first. Decide where you want to be, where the light should be, what to capture etc. Set you camera to the right settings and then ask a stranger. Aim for people who also have big cameras around their necks as they’re likely to be comfortable taking pics. Or if you’re using a phone I would recommend asking someone who looks “young and trendy” and ideally a female haha. As again they’re likely to know what kind of pics you want
      2. Take a tripod if you have space and want to do a shoot in a more private/secluded spot. I never really use my tripod in busy places for fear that someone will grab the camera and run haha. But this is great if you want to take scenic shots and you might feel more comfortable not having a stranger take a million pics for you.
      3. The third option is to hire a photographer while you’re out in another country. You can get all your key shots of yourself in one session and spend the rest of the trip taking pictures of the scenery etc

      Hope that helps!

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