Monday Musings, 7: "Why You Should Travel Abroad Alone at Least Once"

The world is a vast, and in some ways, scary place, so much so that it's common for people to not want to explore it on their own. Everyone wants a travel companion, and if they can't find one, they simply can't travel. Because no one travels alone, right?

There's no doubt that there are dangers to traveling alone, especially as a woman or as a tourist visiting countries in turmoil. However, the thinking that traveling can only be done with someone else is what makes people miss out on the beauty of our planet. A travel companion should be an option, not a requirement. We should never rely on others to help fulfill our interests or desires. Traveling alone is not the stigma everyone thinks it is, and it certainly doesn't mean you're a loner, especially since many people don't have the finances, time, desire, or health to travel at any given moment.

We should never rely on others to help fulfill our interests or desires.

If you have a hard time convincing yourself that a solo trip is something you should embark on, here are a few benefits to traveling alone:

  1. You get to travel on your own terms and create your itinerary based on your needs and desires and nobody else's.
  2. You get to break out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself without worrying about another person's boundaries.
  3. You're more likely to engage with and befriend people you don't know, thus expanding your global network of friends.
  4. You're more likely to be treated better when you're alone (I'm speaking from experience).
  5. You get a hotel room to yourself (seriously, this is a benefit).

So take a trip alone at least once. Go abroad and meet other people, immerse yourself in a different culture, travel the way you want to, when you want to, wherever you want to, and roam the world with no regrets. If you find yourself wanting to travel, but can't find someone to take a trip with you, don't lose motivation or hope. You'll only hold yourself back if you do.