Guest Post by Jess Signet. You can find out more about Jess and her travels on her travel blog and on her Facebook page.
Seven Reasons to Travel Solo
To start with, I want to thank Dan for allowing me to share this here. His site, as I'm sure you readers know, has a ton of great information for travelers planning a variety of trips—everything from how to narrow down places to visit for your RTW trip to important details that you maybe wouldn't see featured on other travel sites, such as what to eat for breakfast to keep you going strong (which is doubly important when you're on the road!). It's a pleasure to be here and share my own experiences with you all.
Whether you're on your own or with your friends or family, there's no denying that traveling is a ton of fun. It can be a bit scary to decide to travel on your own though. You'll have to handle all the logistics, and there will likely be some moments that you're dying to share with someone, only to remember that you're on your own.
But the thing is, the reasons most commonly holding people back—fear of strangers, potential loneliness, and things such as that—are easy enough to overcome. Believe it or not, the world is not a scary place full of people out to get you. In fact, a lot of solo travelers find that people are more open to helping someone when they know that person is traveling alone! A little caution goes a long way, of course, but fear and loneliness needn't be the things stopping you.
Here are our top seven reasons for why you should travel on your own:
The most obvious benefit of traveling on your own is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want to do. Got a list of places on your bucket list? Start checking them off. Not interested in art museums or walking tours or whatever else it is that your friends are interested in? No problem. You can plan your itinerary however you want or be as spontaneous as you want to be. And if you want to take a night and just hang out around the hostel streaming Netflix
, you can do that, no questions asked. Though due to Netflix's geo-restrictions
, if you're traveling outside of your home country, you may need to set up a VPN on your computer first (otherwise you'll find yourself faced with a frustrating error message). A VPN will hide your location from the local server and get you around the blockade.
When you're traveling alone, you've also got freedom in your packing. You don't have to worry about your friends seeing you in the same outfit every day; instead, you're mostly dealing with strangers who will never see you again. You'd be surprised how far two changes of clothing will get you. Not that I'm recommending being smelly in a classy city, but you have some flexibility, and you can always wash things in the sink as needed!