8 Reasons Why Travelling Alone Is Good For You

Travelling alone can seem scary and overwhelming. While many would like to try it, going on that first solo trip can be a daunting experience – what happens when you get lost or start feeling lonely? Yet, solo travel is one of the most rewarding ways to see the world. The freedom that it gives you, things it teaches you and experiences it allows you to have all help transform your travels and maybe even your life!

Here are my top reasons why everyone should experience travelling alone at least once in their life.

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8 Reasons Why Travelling Alone Is Good For You

You will meet like-minded people

Ok, let’s get one thing out of the way. Travelling alone doesn’t mean being by yourself 24/7. Sure, you will leave home by yourself and arrive to a new place by yourself (except more tired and sweaty). However, meeting like-minded people on your journey is one of the most exciting things about travelling and something I look forward to every time I leave home. Travelling alone also makes it easier to strike up conversations and makes you more approachable. I’ve met people in airport waiting rooms, coffee shops, tourist boats, in kitchens, on beaches and in campsites. I am pretty outgoing but not massively more so than an average person. I’m just open to meeting new people and try to be as approachable as I can. Honestly, meeting people while travelling quickly becomes second nature!

Yellowstone National Park - Travelling Alone

You can be more flexible

Doing some planning for your trip is important. While leaving home without a plan or itinerary might seem liberating but, usually, isn’t very practical. Having said that, being spontaneous is just as important and can lead to some incredible experiences. Especially when travelling solo. Meeting other travellers can make you want to stay in a place for a few extra days or maybe even change your plans altogether. Build some flexibility into your itinerary and don’t be afraid to change those plans on the fly. It’s liberating, you’ll have heaps of fun and meet some great people!

Busan Gamcheon Culture Village - Travelling Alone

You can have the freedom to do anything

One of the biggest advantages of travelling solo is the freedom to go wherever you want and do whatever you want. Don’t like the hustle and bustle of the new city you’ve arrived to? Head into the countryside! Loving the people you’ve met at a beachside hostel? Stay a few extra nights! The choice is yours and you do not have to worry about affecting anyone else’s plans. And you don’t need to wait for anyone to get ready in the mornings if, like me, you like getting out and about early.

Seoraksan National Park, South Korea - Travelling alone

Travel is great for personal growth

Travelling solo is also great for personal growth – even a few days away by yourself can be a rewarding experience. Travel can help with learning new cultures, languages and even skills – from cooking classes to tango lessons, there is so much to experience around the world! I’ve helped build a house from scratch in Australia, got my diving license in Koh Tao, Thailand and found out I was quite good at whitewater rafting in Wyoming, USA.  People who travel also tend to be more tolerant and open-minded and meeting people from all walks of life offers so many opportunities for learning.

Cooking class, Chiang Mai, Thailand - Travelling Alone

Travelling alone will make you more confident

Being by yourself in a new place can do wonders for your confidence and independence. You are looking out for yourself and you’re not relying on friends or partners, forcing you to be resourceful. Finding solutions to problems, such as being lost or booking a train ticket, can prove to be a great confidence boost. Solo travel is also a great way to engage with people – be it other travellers or locals. You can also be anyone you want when you travel alone which is a great way to shape the experience exactly how you like it. Want to talk to everyone and meet new people? Easy! Want to relax for hours by yourself with a book? No problem! No one will judge you either way!

Booking bus tickets, Seoul, South Korea - Travelling alone

It’s easier to immerse yourself in your destination

If you want to truly get a feel for a place and immerse yourself, travelling alone is perfect. You will notice things that you maybe wouldn’t if chatting with your best friend or partner. Suddenly, unfamiliar sights and sounds start jumping out at you as you explore hidden alleyways and local haunts. Your attention will shift from whoever you would be with to the destination itself. You also become more approachable and can open yourself up to cool local experiences. Finally, it’s a great way of blending in and you can observe local life and people watch – some of my favourite things to do on my travels! My personal highlights include watching a bustling market in Marrakech from a café roof and sharing snacks with hikers on a Korean mountain peak.

Marrakech, Morocco - Travelling Alone

It gives you a chance to reflect

This can be one of the most important things about travelling alone. Travel, in general, allows you to be away from your daily pressures and worries and is one of the best ways to reflect on things. I enjoy travelling solo as it gives me time to think and helps me “reset”. You know that feeling of being refreshed after a great trip? It can be a powerful thing – after spending time travelling, I feel more motivated and inspired in my everyday life. While “finding yourself” is a bit of a cliché, just being in new and exciting places can often clear your mind and help make big decisions or come up with new ideas.

Yosemite National Park - Travelling Alone

It’s one of the best challenges you can set yourself

Travel challenges you in many ways – your perceptions, physical capacity, your taste buds! Travelling alone, however, is one of the biggest challenges of all. Leaving the familiar comforts at home and getting out into the whole wide world is a great way to test your mettle. Taking myself out of my comfort zone – from figuring out Korean restaurant menus to conquering my fear of water – provided constant opportunities to challenge myself. The result? Some of the most rewarding travel experiences I’ve ever had! Chances are, you’ll also learn that you are a lot stronger and more capable than you ever imagined!

Damcheongbong Peak, Seoraksan NP, South Korea - Travelling Alone

Do you travel solo? What do you like about it? And, if not, would ever want to try?

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18 thoughts on “8 Reasons Why Travelling Alone Is Good For You

  1. California Globetrotter says:

    Couldn’t agree more! Although, I would say more than once – or every few years! I felt like I could conquer the world when I sold all my stuff and moved to Germany alone, found a job, apartment etc. But now for the last 5 years, with my husband, I’m starting to think I need to do a trip alone again to find some independence or find that feeling of being able to accomplish something on my own. Happy New Year! #FeetDoTravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      That’s it – independence can be such an important aspect of it. Sometimes you just need to feel strong and independent which solo travel is perfect for!

  2. Paul and Carole says:

    This is something that we have never done, but maybe we should! Not sure if we are brave enough…..but on the flip side would be very rewarding. Food for thought, thanks for that! #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      I think sharing an experience with someone is also a very powerful thing (and something I haven’t done as much as I would like too). I do think that being away by yourself can really help you look at travel from a different perspective

  3. Jenn | By Land and Sea says:

    Although I don’t travel alone too much these days, I’ve always felt traveling alone is a great opportunity for reflection. That, and going to bed early which I am guilty of!!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      I don’t know what an early night is anymore! You get to share the experience with someone though which is also a very special thing!

  4. Shona says:

    Travelling alone is such a great experience. I do it often and although every time I still feel a few nerves, I love having complete control over what I see and do. 🙂

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Yeah it can be a bit scary (like how I am planning a long trip by myself now) but once you are on the road, it becomes so liberating and fun!

  5. Ruth says:

    I can’t agree more with what you have presented in here! I think we all should aim to travel by ourselves at least once. This may not be for everybody but you will discover after trying it. I know people who say they will never travel alone and then love it once they get a taste of it. I like the idea of being able to do what I like (at least once in a while).

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Ruth – you are absolutely right – I am not trying to push solo travel as the ONE way to travel. I just think it’s something everyone should try in order to understand it.

  6. James says:

    These are 8 very true reasons about traveling alone. Like you, I always travel alone. I especially agree about being more approachable when alone – this is one of my favorite parts of traveling alone. When you are traveling with someone else you are often seen as being 2 people and don’t communicate as well.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks James. I like being able to go anywhere and do anything I want which is tougher to do when you are travelling with someone else! However, I also do enjoy sharing the experience with others and going forward want to do more of that too!

  7. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    Travelling alone is great for all of the above reasons! I have enjoyed the times I travelled solo and like the freedom that came with it. My favourite memory of this was when I was sitting at the Acropolis in Athens whilst there for the Olympics, I stood up my shady bench to walk away as I thought it was time then said to myself “why are you going when you actually want to stay longer, you have no one else to please but you”, so I sat down again and enjoyed the beautiful view for a while longer. Great post and an inspiration to anyone thinking about traveling alone! #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      That’s such a great little story! It’s exactly what travel should be about – its purest form almost! I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I am on the road. I have a tendency to…rush a bit!

  8. Kim Mibram says:

    I love to travel solo, but traveling solo doesn’t have to mean traveling alone! When I travel solo I never feel “lonely” because there are so many new people to watch, to meet, and to talk to. Thank you so much for the sharing.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      So right – meeting people is such an important part of travel. It simply wouldn’t be the same without it!

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