5 Reasons You Should Take A Solo Trip In 2023

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Travel is back and bigger than ever. Many destinations are reporting record-breaking visitor numbers and the momentum shows no sign of slowing down. As more and more travelers return to the world, many are considering traveling alone. is expected to intensify this trend.

Many travelers, accustomed to checking out new destinations with groups or travel partners, don’t understand why solo travelers decide to travel alone. Here are five reasons why you should travel, but first, some misconceptions about solo travel.

A lone female traveler overlooking a European city

Misconceptions about traveling alone

As a married man with a wife who loves to travel, I am often surprised by people I meet while traveling alone when they find out that I am traveling alone. Common misconceptions I’ve heard include:

  • “You must be very brave!”
  • “Why isn’t your wife with you?”
  • “Aren’t you bored?”
  • “Not lonely?”

To be honest, many of these questions were running through my head before I left my first solo trip without my wife. am i lonely? Bored? Did I have to be brave? What if something goes wrong? who will be there to help me? I quickly learned that there was nothing to worry about. Did I miss my wife? Of course we did. was i lonely? Not at all.

Man traveling alone on Tower Bridge in London, England

Many people are quick to assume that there must be something wrong when traveling without a spouse, but that’s not far from the truth. I was. If you have open communication with your partner and trust is fine, then going on a solo trip away from each other can actually be a great way to strengthen your relationship. The old adage is true.absence really makes me feel attached.

Cleared up some misconceptions about solo travel, here 5 Reasons You Should Travel Alone Next Year:

Single female traveler holding a hat and coffee while overlooking the street of Europe

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1) Learn (or relearn) about yourself

As we go about our daily lives with family, friends and co-workers, it’s easy to forget the things we used to be interested in. If you spend enough time with other people, your interests will naturally become intertwined. Music, TV shows, conversations… we all tend to find common ground in the relationships we form.

When I travel alone, things about myself that I had forgotten come to mind. Music she hasn’t listened to in years suddenly returns to her playlist. The movies I once loved are now my go-to choice during flights. Shops that you don’t usually go to are on the menu. Losing a part of ourselves in the relationships we form is not a bad thing.In fact, it’s a beautiful part of life. I have mannerisms and tastes that I inherited from her dear wife, and she certainly inherited a part of me (I’m sorry baby!). It’s a wonderful thing that only she and I can share, and I won’t trade it for anything.

Traveling alone allows you to practice reminding yourself of who you are and being grateful for who you have become. You can see how important they are and how they have changed you for the better.

Woman sitting on dock above pond overlooking water

2) build confidence

Traveling alone doesn’t take a lot of courage, but it’s sure to give you confidence by the end of your trip. It was my first time traveling alone, and I felt bored, lonely, and worried that something was going wrong. But I have learned that none of them are true. Navigating airports, trains, Ubers, taxis, and language barriers can seem daunting when you’re alone. Still, it’s no different than if you were traveling with a partner or group.

You will soon discover that you can do everything you need to do without the help of others. They’re relatively small things, but they still make you feel more confident. You will find that you can be effective in any situation. You don’t need to have a group or another person to rely on. you have enough

Confident young woman getting off the London Underground

3) Meet interesting people

If I had to place myself somewhere on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very introverted and 10 being very extroverted, I would confidently put myself at 5. is interesting. Reading a book or listening to music while taking a nice walk alone makes me equally happy. Before I embarked on my first solo trip, I was nervous about meeting new people. I was sure my more introverted tendencies would kick in when traveling alone.

I was wrong.

If you love traveling enough to go it alone, you’re in luck. All solo travelers love to travel! Conversations quickly become interesting and exciting as they naturally gravitate towards a topic that all parties love: travel. I learned a lot more about the world and the interesting people who live there just by talking to like-minded travelers. But I’ll tell you that it’s much easier than that.

the trick is simply do somethingTake a guided food tour, take a snorkeling trip, attend a conference that interests you, or volunteer. If you do something that interests you, you will naturally meet people. I have friends in London, New York, Boston, the Caribbean, etc. because I’m open to conversation on my solo trip. Some of the most interesting people I’ve ever talked to were people I met traveling solo.

Travelers taking a selfie together in Europe

4) Get lost in an instant

There’s something about walking the streets of London in the rain that never gets boring. My wife and I both love London and visit at least every other year. But during this one year of hers, I traveled there alone, my senses were overheated. The rain reflecting off the glass buildings of Canary Wharf, the hustle and bustle of morning commuters crossing the South Quay footbridge, the smell of freshly brewed coffee every morning on the way to the Underground… the London experience.

When traveling with other people, it’s easy to fall into the trap of talking about things that haven’t happened.Easy to remove from inside now. Where do you want to go for lunch? what should we do tomorrow Remember the last time we were here? Conversation is natural in everyday life, but the conversation often pulls you out of the moment. When traveling alone, you can’t help but completely immerse yourself in your surroundings. It’s a beautiful experience.

When I return to London with my wife again, I will have an even deeper appreciation for both her and the city.

5) freedom

This is one of the most common reasons travelers choose to travel on their own. When traveling alone, you have the freedom to spend the day and night at your leisure. Want to try a restaurant on the other side of town? Tired after a busy day and want to order room service? Do it!

If you’ve ever traveled in a group (or even solo), chances are you’ve disagreed somewhere along the way. I won’t give specific examples, but there were definitely times when I felt like I was wasting precious time looking for something more interesting when I was traveling with someone else. Solo travel means you can do what you want when you want. You can see and do everything you set your mind to without negotiating with anyone else.

Bonus Tip: This extra benefit of solo travel doesn’t have to be exclusive to solo travel. If you are traveling with a partner or group, start your trip with the rule that no one has to do what they don’t want to do, and you are free to split up and do what interests you. The best way to get the best of both worlds when it comes to traveling with someone.

Woman relaxing in hammock in front of tropical beach, location not specified

what are you waiting for

2023 is just around the corner and the next solo trip awaits. As the world continues to return to normal tourism, there are more options than in recent years. It’s a great way to see it all. See what you want to see, do what you want, and come back with great stories to share.

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