If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I like to travel (mostly through the UK). And usually, I travel alone. Because I really prefer to be on my own instead of with someone else. I often joke about how I can’t spend more than 72 hours in someone else’s company without getting annoyed by everything they do. Sure, there are some people I can spend that much time with. But I usually need a break. Some time for myself – even if it’s just a few hours.
Pros of travelling solo:
- You can travel whenever and wherever you want
If you find a cheap flight and hostel, you can book straight away. No waiting for your friends to commit and prices increasing in the meantime. You can go whenever you want, whatever fits your schedule. You also don’t have to compromise on where you’re going and what you’ll do once there.
- You’re in control of how you spend your money
I talked about this briefly in my post on travelling on an au pair budget. Do you prefer to get cheap accommodation and eat fancier meals? Or are you more interested in shopping than taking guided tours? You get to decide exactly what you spend your money on and you don’t have to worry about a travel companion not feeling the same way.
- You’re more likely to meet new people
When you’re with people you know, you don’t really feel the need to talk to new people. Travelling alone gives you a reason to really get to know the locals and other travellers. I’m actually more open when I’m travelling alone than when I’m with others.
Cons of travelling solo:
- You have to be extra cautious
You’re always a bit more vulnerable when you visit a place you don’t know. When you’re alone, you have to be even more careful. Always trust your instincts and make sure your phone is charged so that you can call someone if necessary.
- You might miss having someone to talk to
Making friends abroad is one of the best things about travelling. But if you’re on your own for long enough, you will start to miss people. And then there’s the fact that some destinations are better to travel to with someone else. Even though it’s an amazing experience to go anywhere on your own, there will always be times where you wish that someone you loved was with you to enjoy that special moment.