5 Reasons to Travel Alone

Let these ideas motivate you to see the world by yourself.

By Mathew S. Chan
January 19, 2015


If you lead a busy life, you are probably almost never by yourself, in the sense that there will always be people around you, be it at home, at work, or on your travels. Sometimes you might find yourself just wanting to head out alone for some “me” time. If you haven’t traveled alone yet or if you’re planning to but are unsure, here are 5 reasons why you should push through with it.

1. You get to do what you want.
When traveling with a group or someone else, there’s always a consensus on where you’ll go and what you’ll do when you’re there. Even if you aren’t completely sold on the location, you go anyway to spend time with your friends. Traveling alone allows you to plan your own itinerary so that you get to go to the places you want to visit and do the things you want to do without having to justify yourself or putting it to a vote. The enjoyment is all for you. 

2. You get to rediscover yourself.

In this fast-paced world, most of our decisions are made for convenience and because of the influence of others. When you are traveling alone, you only have yourself to rely on. The decisions you make or don’t make can reflect how much you’ve changed (or not) over the years. You may discover things about yourself you hadn’t realized before. There’s a reason why soul searching is often associated with trying to explore a new place alone.

3. You get to save money.

Traveling can be very pricey, but when you do some solo backpacking, you can save money because you get to pick your transportation and your accommodations, among other things. If you’re not picky about where to stay, you can save a lot if you choose budget hotels, hostels, and inns. When you’re alone, you manage your own time, meals, and activities. If you happen to change your mind about something and decide to skip a tour, you can do that without having to consult anyone and you save more money in the process.

4. You get to take your time and appreciate things.
There are so many wonders in the world. When you travel with someone or take a group tour, you never have time to just sit down and enjoy the view. When you travel alone, however, you’re in charge of your own time, so you have the luxury to relax and linger. Be it a famous painting, an old building, or a view of the mountains, you can appreciate it at your own pace without worrying about how another person is feeling or experiencing.

5. You get a sense of accomplishment.

Traveling alone is a common entry on every traveler’s bucket list, and getting to check that off is a big accomplishment on its own. There is something empowering about achieving it, even if your trip doesn’t go as successfully as planned. You experience a new level of freedom when you’re able to travel alone. Now that you’ve done it once, you know you can do it again. 


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