There are so many pros and cons to solo travel; it just depends on how you weigh everything up and decide whether it’s worth embarking on a solo trip or not.
In this guide, we cover the good, the bad and the ugly sides of solo travel, so you know what to expect before you embark on your first solo adventure.
You Really Get to Know Your Destination
One of the best things about solo travel is that you really get the opportunity to get to know a destination much better. Without having to abide by the rules of a group tour, or having to stick to strict travel dates due to accommodating everyone else in your group, you really get the chance to get to know a destination and immerse yourself in everything that a place has to offer. Places like Prague offer that sense of getting lost in the crowd while exploring many of its sites, yet still allowing you to feel alone at the same time, if that makes sense.
You Get to Meet New and Like-Minded People
Another positive side of solo travel is that you’ll be able to meet different and like-minded people who all share similar passions and stories as you.
Backpacking around Australia for example and staying in hostels will provide you with the opportunity to get to know many new people and share your travel experiences with each other.
You’ll Explore beyond Your Comfort Zone
One great aspect of solo travel is that you’ll really learn how to push your boundaries and experience things out of your comfort zone a lot.
Whether that’s simply navigating your way around a new city on your own, or facing your fears and jumping out of a plane in a skydive, solo travel permits you to experience many new things that you might have otherwise avoided.
You Might Experience Loneliness More Often
Contrary to the above points, solo travel can also get quite lonely at times. There may be occasions when you’ve been travelling alone for 24 hours for example, only to arrive at your destination to find that there’s no one there to talk to.
Despite the fact that travelling on your own may bring loneliness, do your best to be open to meeting new people – be as sociable as you can.
Tricky Situations May Come Your Way
Another downside of solo travel is that you might get yourself into some questionable situations you’ll have to try and navigate your way out of on your own.
When travelling alone, there may be unpleasant situations you’ll have to face, so make sure you do your homework and get as much info as you can about your destination.
You Don’t Get to Share Experiences with Other People
Similarly to the point above, when you’re travelling with someone else, you can share the burden of any negative experiences with them, so you don’t feel alone in whatever might have gone wrong.
On the other hand, when you’re travelling solo, you might have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s truly memorable and magical but it can feel slightly disheartening if you don’t have anyone by your side to share it with.
Conclusion – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Solo Travel
It’s clear that solo travel comes with many pros and cons, like more or less everything else in life.
While you will get the opportunity to experience your destination of choice much better and from a completely different perspective, you might struggle with being unable to share both your good and bad experiences with anyone else.
Make sure to weigh up both the positives and negatives of solo travel before you embark on a trip, so you know what to expect from your solo adventures.
About the author: Rebecca is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.