The concept of travelling alone can be a daunting one – especially if you’re scared of being alone.
The list of “what ifs” are endless: what if I get lost or run out of money? What if I don’t make new friends? What if I end up stranded on the other side of the world?
Yet, for all the challenges that solo travel presents, it also holds a kind of giddy delight that is quite unmatched by any other pursuit in life.
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Yes, setting out on your own might be hard to begin with. But the sense of freedom that comes with it is not to be missed. This is an opportunity to do exactly as you like, without answering to anyone else. It’s your time to feel free – you can gently push your boundaries and get out of your comfort zone.
No bickering over where to eat, or feeling resentful because you’ve wasted a whole day by the pool when you’d prefer to be out exploring temples.
Blogger Monica Houghton: “There is an endless list of benefits to travelling alone” (image credit: @fromheretosunday/Instagram)
And you’ll get to really know yourself, too. Away from the distractions of everyday life, you’ll have time to contemplate who you are and what makes you tick.
It might be uncomfortable at first to push yourself, but it’s also a rare opportunity to look inwards and gain some perspective on your choices and dreams back home.
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She says flying solo has “hands down offered me the best experiences of my life” – here are a few of her reasons why:
It’s a confidence booster
“Even if you’re not fully prepared, stepping out of your comfort zone by travelling somewhere alone will help you gain confidence to take on the world,” says Monica. “Given you’re entering the unknown, it will offer opportunities to learn how to face various types of scenarios.”
You’ll meet new friends
Monica notes that “there is a misconception that solo travel means you’re always alone”. To the contrary, she says, setting out solo leads to “experiences with complete strangers that have a long-lasting impact”.
“Solo travel will automatically throw you into social settings and opportunities to get to know others and other cultures,” she says.
The sense of freedom is unbeatable
“Solo travel is the ultimate freedom as you can go when you want, where you want and at a budget you can afford,” says Monica. “You and only you get to decide.”
“You have only yourself to rely on, which can seem scary but it is also invigorating.”
So, what are you waiting for? There’s a whole world out there, just waiting to be explored…
Have a browse through Flash Pack’s epic experiences for solo travellers.
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