Solo travel has definitely become my new favorite thing but it definitely comes with its pros and cons. I’ve gone on three solo trips so far and they’ve been some of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken. Driving from Texas to California was my first solo trip and the next one was a road trip around Tasmania. My most recent was a solo trip to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
Traveling solo can be quite a daunting idea if you don’t like being alone with your thoughts or spending time by yourself. If that is the case, then you could start with going on a local solo trip to test the waters. It can be another town just 30 minutes or an hour out.
In addition to solo travel, I’ve traveled with friends so I have experience on both sides of the fence. Here are the pros and cons of solo travel:
Make your own itinerary
Sometimes not everyone wants to do the same activities so it’s nice to not even have to ask and just do what you want. It’s a huge luxury to be flexible and make easy changes throughout the day.
Choose your own budget
There are different ways to travel and while some people like to travel in luxury, others enjoy budget travel. The nice thing about solo travel is being able to set your own budget and not feel like you’re not dampening someone else’s experience.
More open to talk with locals
Whenever I travel with friends, it’s natural to just hang out with them because it’s comfortable versus striking up a conversation with strangers. In addition, people are more likely to approach you if you’re alone which could easily lead to making new friends.
Potential for personal growth
Traveling solo forces you to get out of your comfort zone and figure out what you like and don’t like. If you allow yourself to be uncomfortable then you’re giving yourself the greatest potential for growth.
You have your own space
Living out of a suitcase is a struggle already so having less space to lay your stuff out just adds to the mess. Another perk is without a doubt getting a whole bed to yourself.
Eat whatever you want
Trying to decide what to eat when traveling especially in another country can be hard when one person isn’t interested in trying new things so it’s nice to not have to compromise on what cuisine want to eat.
No one to split costs with
Traveling solo is definitely costly if you have to book a car, activities, accommodation and pay for gas. It’s pretty crazy how quickly things add up and before you know it a 4 day trip is costing you over $1,000.
Having to enjoy experiences alone
Although I have no trouble spending time by myself, there are definitively activities that would be more enjoyable with a friend. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to reflect on the experience with someone and laugh about the memories made.
More likely to be targeted
Depending on where you’re traveling to, being a solo traveler can make you more of a target. It’s always a good idea to stay vigilant no matter what and have an escape route in your head planned.
More potential to get lonely
Depending on the length of your solo trip, not having constant human interaction and conversations can make some people start to feel lonely. There are ways to combat it but in my opinion, constantly having to put on your best self for strangers can get exhausting.
You have to make all the decisions
Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and let someone else do the work. Everyone has different interests so you could end up discovering something you wouldn’t have if someone you were traveling with didn’t suggest it.
Miss out on opportunities
Depending on what kind of vacation you are taking, some activities require two participants so that might mean you have to skip out. In addition, depending on the activity some ticket prices include admission for two so it could be a waste of money if you’re solo.
No one to take your photos
Did you really go on a trip if you don’t have the photos to prove it? Probably not. You can definitely ask a stranger to take your photos but it’s easier to have a friend who is down to take 100 pics of you until you get the perfect shot.
Do you enjoy traveling with friends or solo travel? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!