If you asked me ten years ago if I’d ever travel alone, I would have given you a resounding, “No way!”. But, ask me now, and I’d probably say, “Absolutely!”. I think the appeal of solo traveling increases as we get older. We start to crave some time to find ourselves and reconnect with things we enjoy. That doesn’t mean the thought of it isn’t enough to drive you to anxiety-land, though. Here’s what to consider before going solo:
If you tend to crave the company of others, solo traveling can make you feel super lonely. You’ll go to a place where you don’t know anyone. You’ll eat alone, visit places alone, and sleep alone. And, if you’re traveling abroad, you may not even meet a soul who speaks your language.
But, it’s all kind of a hidden blessing for some people. You’ll have more time to connect with yourself. Enjoy your own company. Meet new people and experience new things you never could do with your friends back home. You might even find that your anxieties subside, and you meet people more easily than usual when you have no one else to rely on for ice breakers.