Why I Prefer Traveling Alone

Desiree Peralta

Everybody should try it at least once in their life.

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Why people travel? There are many answers to this question. Some want to have fun, some want new experiences, some love to learn something new, or meet new people.

Even you can share a lot of happiness and experiences with your friends during a trip, I prefer traveling alone. And I'm not the only one. Every year, more and more people choose this experience and want to do it at least once a year.

Many people say that this experience can even change their life, and there are so many reasons to try it at least once in the lifetime, but I wanted to mention 6 reasons why I think is important for me.

I started traveling alone last year when after making plans with my friends they would always cancel me or never agree. One day I really wanted to go to a place, so I was telling a friend that I couldn’t find anyone to accompany me, so she answered:

“Why don’t you go alone?

It had never occurred to me, but having done it was one of the best decisions of my life. I was waiting for a travel partner for so long, without knowing that I had her closer than I expected because it was me.

Your life, your opinions

I want to start with this one because it is the most important reason why I love to travel alone. Starting when I’m planning, I can do whatever I want. I don’t have to hear “but this is boring”, “but I don’t like it”, “I don’t think we should do that”.

When I'm traveling alone, I do exactly what I want to do. I don’t have to adapt to other people’s plans just because they don’t like mine. I just have to focus on exactly what I want to do and what really makes me happy.

Don’t get me wrong, if I’m with people I enjoy whatever they want to do. But if I really want to enjoy a country, I don’t want to be aware of an itinerary, or a place that may not be as good as I expected. I can go wherever I want, or change my plans at the last minute or enjoy the view a little more.

You’ll become more creative

Creating my own itinerary to have a busy day seeing attractions and being able to cover everything I want has been a rewarding challenge. Especially because when I travel alone I like to spend the entire day busy, so I don’t have any moment to regret it or be bored.

When we travel alone, we do not have that space to stay in a place to talk to someone, so our creativity must grow to have a lot of things to do. We have to be sure we want to do something, or if a place is good enough to be there with no one else.

I confess that I have spent days preparing the destinations of my trip, deciding which places are better to be alone, which I am going to enjoy more and which are not worth it. The truth is that I have loved it. It has helped me to know many things, not only about the destination but my own tastes.

You’ll focus more on the destination

As you are not with people, you only have one thing left to do, enjoy the destination.

Traveling alone has taught me to enjoy the wonders of the world. To know that everything has its reason for being and to be happy with each of the things that this new destination teaches me.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert

You enjoy the places you go through much more because your senses are one hundred percent focused on that place. What’s the use of being in Paris if you’re talking about what happened last week at the office?

You Can Find Your Own Rhythm

One thing I really like about traveling alone is that I can go at my own pace. I don’t have to walk faster because someone else wants to get to a place first. I don’t have to stop enjoying something that I liked because I have to go somewhere else with others.

It’s just me, enjoying the things I like, my time and my space. I can even stop doing things because I don’t have time or I want to rest without feeling remorse. It is my vacation, and I decide how to enjoy it.

Traveling alone, you can walk out of a place you don’t like, stay for hours in a museum no one else you know would care about, ride an elevated subway to the last stop just to see the city, read a book in your hotel room, or just everything that would seem a waste of time to almost anyone else.

Traveling alone builds confidence

As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.

Traveling alone teaches me a lot about independence. My family is not there to solve any situation that happens to me. I’m alone and I have to solve everything by myself. The entire reservation process, or something as simple as taking a bus to the center of the city, are decisions alone that have built a lot of my current personality.

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” — Paulo Coelho

I’ve never been an insecure person, but traveling alone was a bit scary, especially the first time. Doing it anyway shows me I am capable of many things, and that I’m the only one who sets the limits.

Traveling solo means traveling without another’s opinions, doubts, and fears. It teaches you that you care enough to do everything you set out to do and to know everything you are capable of.

In addition, doing it Improves our decision-making, because we depend on ourselves and we do not have too much room for “doubt” or letting ourselves be carried away by others.

It can improve your mental health

We rarely give ourselves the opportunity to listen to ourselves.

Traveling alone, you will have no choice but to do it, to delve into yourself before a beautiful landscape, and be able to find yourself spiritually. You will not enjoy a better company than yourself.

That feeling that you have, and that traveling gives you is not in your comfort zone. Facing situations that you have never encountered before makes you reflect, it will make it a turning point in your life.

Traveling alone has given me the opportunity to get to know myself, to think of me, and to take care of me. It gave me the opportunity to be with myself and love me.

This happens because you have all the time to yourself. Traveling alone gives you the opportunity to connect with yourself and understand what things help you improve and be happy.

One thing I like to do the most when I travel alone is to think. I choose a beautiful place that can last hours, looking at nothing, and thinking about everything that happens in my life. I have made important decisions in travel, and I have changed many things in my life by having thought about them there.

Decide where you want to go, review what you have done right and wrong in the last year, what you can improve, and what you really want to do with your life.

Ask yourself as many times as necessary, you will thank me.

Traveling alone is a life-changing experience, helps you control your fears, and teaches you more about yourself. If you ever think of traveling alone, I totally recommend it. I like to travel with friends, but I am always looking for a way to travel alone too.

All the people I know who have decided to take the step were full of doubts and insecurities.

You know what?

Not a single one of them has repented, nor has anything happened to her. On the contrary, they have had the experience of a lifetime.

Why not you?

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