Last updated August 25, 2023
The decision to travel solo can be daunting. The idea of being alone in an unknown place may strike you as dangerous. In today’s world, it can be. Especially if you do not do your research and exercise hypervigilance. But forget all that. The opportunity is always greater than the assumed offense. Taking a solo adventure can offer many benefits.
So, if you can’t agree with family, friends or a partner on where to go (or when to travel again) consider the opportunity to take on a solo adventure.
It may just become one of your favorite travel experiences. It can even change your life. I know that seems far-fetched, but trust me. First-hand experience has taught me much.
So what are these benefits? Below are five major benefits of taking a solo adventure.
1. The Chance to Focus on Yourself and the Moment
The first benefit is the opportunity to focus—the chance to focus on yourself and also focus on the moment.
With the opportunity to limit contact with others and the outside world, it is easier to keep the adventure to be all about you.
A solo adventure can easily transform into a personal wellness journey or even a journey rooted in great personal discovery.
It is during these times when one can realize how such an adventure can become a gateway to life change, just as I did on my solo adventure to discover the Pura Vida of Costa Rica.
Also, make sure you pack (or purchase) a travel journal too – you’ll want to write down what you discover as your passions and purpose in life may just present themselves in your thoughts.
Remember, on a solo adventure, there are ways to limit distractions that can filter your thoughts. You can (re)discover the real you.
2. Meet Like-Minded People
Often people worry about loneliness when traveling solo, but when choosing a destination or activity that tends to fascinate and interest you will lead you on a path to like-minded people.
Travelers can discover their tribe and instant traveling friends who usually want to explore the same destinations you want to visit next.
For example, if cycling excites, why not look into a cycling trip that combines activities such as wildlife viewing, scenic hikes, delightful dinners and even a wine tasting. Is this your vibe? If not, Vacayou offers plenty of options available for all interests; you just need to book yours.
3. No Need to Compromise
Do you know the definition of compromise? Well, it can be defined as “nobody gets what they want,” and that doesn’t bode well on limited travel schedules.
Sadly, we all have traveled with friends and family and made compromises which translated to not experiencing everything we want out of a destination.
Well, no more excuses for you because taking a solo adventure means you make all the plans for your itinerary. So book all the adventures, experiences or treatments you desire.
You decide what you want to do in your free time. It’s all up to you. Take more time at a winery, visit a museum for the entire day, start every morning with sunrise yoga, or skip dinner for a sunset by the pool—it’s all up to you, no compromises needed.
4. Complete Your Bucket List
We all have a list of places we want to visit in our lifetime, a list of travel adventures we want to experience.
We all have a travel and adventure bucket list. But waiting for others to join us can delay it indefinitely.
And if we did learn something from the recent pandemic, we can’t always wait for the perfect opportunity. We need to make it happen when it makes sense for us to travel.
So pack your bags and head out on a solo adventure to complete a few items from your bucket list.
For me, two years ago, I booked a trip to return to Oaxaca City for the Day of the Dead festival. It has been on my personal bucket list for years, and I decided to book my solo adventure to make it happen.
I am so glad I did. On the adventure, I booked guides and discovered I wasn’t the only solo adventurer on tour. I met others with similar interests and had an incredible time.
5. Follow Your Travel Passion
A solo adventure is the opportunity to follow your travel passions. Others, including loved ones, don’t often share all the same ideas on where to travel. The debates at dinner about where the next spring break vacation will be occurs (almost) weekly. Your son hates the beach and your eldest daughter can’t stand the snow. Your youngest is tired of going to the same place every year.
Every single one of us has unique preferences, passions, hobbies, talents, mindsets, and lifestyles. While it is crucial to appreciate the differences among your peers and family members, it is also equally as important to make sure your own needs are met.
Perhaps you appreciate the beauty of mountain hikes. While others within your circle prefer the beaches and warmth of the tropics. Or maybe they are mindlocked on touring culinary destinations. On a solo adventure you craft your own adventure. All based on your desires. You have the freedom to follow your unique travel pursuits. Without the added effort of pleasing others (if not everyone) in your travel group.
So whether it is the adventure of SCUBA diving in Key Largo, Florida or surfing on the coast of Carolina, you get to choose. The possibilities are endless. You can take a flight to Seattle and visit the famous Pike Place Market. Or California. Or canyoneering on a visit to Zion Mountain Ranch. Whatever appeals to you. It is your choice to follow your travel passion.
Our interests can take us to unique places. On a solo adventure, we can make sure we take the next step to ignite our travel passions.
You have now read five benefits of taking a solo adventure. There are plenty of reasons to love solo travel. You’ve just learned five.
So really. You’ve got all the reasons and more to go on a solo adventure. The next question is this: what are you waiting for?
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