Family holidays are fantastic, they allow you to bond with each other and make up for lost time when everyone is off doing their own things. They can also bring friends together who work full time and therefore do not have an awful lot of time to hang out. For that reason, travelling with others is great in its own right. However, solo travel is special in so many ways. Here is a list of reasons why you should give solo travel a go.
It Builds Confidence
Solo travel is one of the best ways to build your confidence. During your travels you will be going to places that are different to what you are used to, they may speak different languages and you will have to make your way around a novel area. The whole process of finding your way around a new country is tricky, you might have to ask questions to the locals, and you will be entirely on your own. This will boost your confidence because you will learn how to make conversation with people. Further, you will have to communicate with people who may speak a different language to you, and this could test your communication skills for example your non-verbal communication styles. All of these skills that you will have to learn will in turn be useful for your professional development. You will be well equipped to attend a job interview with your new found confidence or make a public speech at work.
You Have Freedom
Another great benefit of solo travel is that you get to choose which restaurants to go to, which accommodation to stay in and what activities you do. You do not have to argue with your friends and family about what you all want to do. You can even put your feet up and relax without the rest of the group pestering you to do every activity under the sun. Even better, you could use your free time on a travel trip to take up a new hobby. For example, you could learn some new skills with a course. You could potentially take an entrepreneurship course and think about starting your own business whilst travelling. Travelling alone makes you feel free in general because you will have no ties to your life back at home and you can use this time as a break from reality.
Make New Friends
When you travel alone you have the chance of meeting people all over the world and socialising with whomever you please. You could make some of the best friends in cafes and pubs. If you are lucky, you could find places where the people are so welcoming, they will help you out along your travelling journey. If you travel with family or friends, you are unlikely to reach out and start conversations. Therefore, solo travel pushes you outside of your bubble and your comfort zone and allows you to meet people you may never have thought you would.