Traveling solo can be intimidating, but it can also be very rewarding. Instead of having your friend tag along on your next trip, look for the opportunity to travel solo, and you can reap the rewards of having a calming learning experience. Below are some reasons why traveling alone is challenging but also can be rewarding.

Planning Is Easier

Many people wait around to find the best time and person to go with when planning a trip. When you travel alone all you have to worry about is yourself. Instead of trying to figure out when someone else’s schedule fits into your own to travel, plan a trip for yourself to the city you’ve been waiting to go to. You will not need to worry about the other person’s flights, travel needs, or anything, just being able to do what you want to do when you want to is liberating. Once you reach your destination by yourself, you can plan to do anything last minute without having to suffer the repercussions from someone else. Planning and executing activities just got a lot easier.

Making New Friends

A real fear of solo travelers is the feeling of being lonely. Although this feeling can easily be deterred by bringing a friend of yours along with you, if you are traveling solo, it is easy to make new friends when the circumstances are right. Research popular cafes or bars in the area and visit them during peak hours. Don’t be shy to introduce yourself to strangers! Interacting with the locals is a great way to understand the culture of the places you visit and the potential to make lifelong friends.

Building Self – Confidence

Traveling alone can help build up your self-confidence. Nothing says you are strong and capable like traveling somewhere successfully and being able to tell stories about the things you did all on your own. You are relying completely on yourself for everything. This responsibility forces you to analyze difficult situations and create solutions by yourself and for yourself. The same responsibility you have traveling alone can be used to put other problems into perspective when you get home. Little problems that creep into your life may not seem as significant now that you know you successfully traveled around London by train all by yourself.