Do you have nomadic instincts or ever experienced free will wanderlust? Can’t agree more? Then gear up for more solitary indulgence. With this trend, skyrocketing in the recent years, travel is no longer restricted to honeymooning or family bonding. Thanks to the travel industry for ensuring a bucket list that caters to this growing segment. Research by “Solos Holidays” revealed that over half of American solo travellers are adult singles in committed relationships and travel by themselves as their partner’s jobs may not allow simultaneous retreats. According to “Visa Global Travel Intentions Study”, around 24% of people who travelled for leisure were alone as compared to that of 15% in 2013.
Let’s understand why you could consider traveling solo –
- Travelling alone enhances a scope of fortuitous rendezvous with newer people, especially other solo travellers. Meeting travellers as you traverse each other’s paths can bring serendipitous moments of joy and thrill. Not everyone that you meet may have good intentions, its best to trust your instincts on every occasion and not divulge details of your next destination or where you’ve put up, etc. Stick to more public places. Remember, confidence is the key to enjoying travel.
- Are you travelling for pleasure or business? Pleasure right? Then why fasten yourself to the arms of the clock? Organized travelling in groups is usually fast paced with time bound visits. Instead enjoy your sleep or rejuvenate a bit before you embark upon your next destination. It’s alright to skip an activity to do something more tranquil. After all, you are on a holiday!
- Groove into the mood at your pace. If visiting 5 places in comparison to 10 leaves you energetic enough to bathe in the beauty of your journey, then choose to do so. As a single voyager you can take out adequate time to relax on the beach, explore dream spots riding a bi-cycle or sip your favourite cup of cappuccino without having to haste. You can control and guide yourself!
- You learn to organize yourself better, as you are the monarch of the excursion. So, if you don’t discipline yourself in planning the day well, you may miss out on visiting some of the marvels you want to see. Drawing up a to-do list, ahead of time can guide you well and help keep a track of things. It will also allow you the flexibility of discovering places that locals of the region suggest through word of mouth. It’s a good idea to keep a map handy at all times.
- Do you crave partying? Who says that you can’t groove to some high voltage music or enjoy your favourite beverage, while listening to some steady rock at the bar? Remember, nobody is watching, so go ahead, party and dance like you never did before! However, do ensure your safe travel back to the hotel after the party.
- Steeping out of your comfort zone is not all that bad. Whether you travel in groups with strangers or likeminded people, you often seek to flow with the crowd. Travelling alone can encourage you to rediscover hidden interests. You may scout for activities like learning a local dance, relishing a scrumptious local delicacy or go for scuba diving to surround yourself with underwater aquatic friends. Enjoy the flexibility to immerse into exploring places that fascinate you the most.
- It’s true that travelling in numbers avows better safety. If you still prefer being on your own, it will be wise to research the country and places enlisted for visit. Travelling with much cash is never a good idea, so take all possible precautionary measures to safeguard your belongings, whether passport, phone, camera or wallet.
- Travelling alone could teach you to manage your budget. Money is always significant in travel. When you plan a trip for yourself, it’s easier to create your own budget, sticking to it and not overspending. If you have the habit of splurging, travelling without people who can lend you any extra money or monitor binging, can teach you more maths than you’ve learnt in school.
A good research coupled with your yearning to explore is the key to fruitful travel. Travelling alone can be a magical and life-changing experience. It’s a gateway to gathering an amazing perspective on the world that you navigate. At the end of it all, you will find solace and much gratification as you relive memories of your solo sojourner experience. If you have the yen just pack your bags and get lost in the open promenade!
Article by Rochita.