6 Pros and Cons of Traveling Solo

Traveling solo is an increasingly popular trend. The number of people holidaying alone has increased forty percent over the past decade. The common misconception that people travel alone because they have no other choice is changing.

There are many reasons why people opt to go it alone. People are generally more travel oriented, independent and adventurous than they once were.

With people marrying later coupled with a high divorce rate, there are many more single people around and most of them like to spend their downtime pursuing their own interests. Even some married couples vacation separately these days.

It’s often difficult to coordinate work commitments and vacation time with others and often partners and friends simply don’t share your interests.

Whether or not solo travel is the best choice for you, is largely a function of personality. If you are shy and have difficulty talking to strangers, or are prone to loneliness and depression when you are away from familiar people and surroundings, you are likely not cut out for solo travel. Vacationing alone can take you way outside of your comfort zone, which is precisely why it’s attractive to many people.

Solo travel is an adventure.

If you are thinking of taking the plunge and heading out on your own, consider these pros and cons.

Pros

  • You have the freedom to do what you want when you want. You can change your itinerary on a whim, decide to sleep in until noon, or take advantage of an unexpected opportunity, all without having to worry about keeping someone else happy. You are in charge of what you see and do and how you spend your money. Your vacation is truly your vacation.
  • Traveling solo is a great way to meet interesting people and make new friends. You are far more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger when you are alone, and being alone also makes you more approachable.
  • You have greater opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and even learn a foreign language. Traveling with a companion from your own culture dilutes the experience as it allows you to stay safely inside your comfort zone. People traveling alone are often far more engaged in the experience.
  • Traveling solo may restore your faith in humanity. When the inevitable travel problems arise, the solo traveler has no other choice but to throw themselves on the mercy of strangers. You may be pleasantly surprised how helpful and friendly people are.

Cons

  • Safety is a primary concern when traveling alone. You need to be continually aware of your surroundings and take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. Solo travelers, particularly women, are often targeted by thieves and pickpockets.
  • Many hotels and restaurants don’t go out of their way to accommodate the single traveler. Hotels often charge a single premium and restaurant staff can be dismissive and sometimes downright rude to someone who is alone and occupying a table that could seat two or more. Traveling with a companion allows you to share many of the expenses and get better service at some dining establishments.

For the novice solo traveler, once you get past the initial feelings of unease and unfamiliarity and give yourself over the experience, you may find that traveling alone is such a memorable adventure that it becomes a habit.

Nisha Sharma works as the editor for Holiday365. She has been representing the business for the last two years. Currently with Holiday365, who primarily offers great deals in the UK, she’s currently working great deals for holiday parks.

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