Yes! it’s true. You’re no longer seen as a recluse loner to adventure by yourself!
I must admit, my first solo trip wasn’t voluntary. I made plans with a friend to travel to Japan, all tickets booked, when she realized last minute that she could no longer come. But that was the spark which ignited the flame. The beginning of my never ending adventure. Solo travel may be the selfish man’s journey (and i’ll explain why) and that is probably why it is so addictive.
According to a recent study by booking.com, 50% of women participating in the study are more like to travel solo now than 5 years ago and 65% of women say they feel more confident when travelling by themselves. With social media also playing a big role, 1 in 2 women participating in the survey stated that: “social media allows them to unearth unusual places to go, thus fuelling their confidence to visit destinations on their own.”
If you’re toying with the idea of travelling solo but need some more justification, here it is:
You can do what YOU want
Forget the fact your boyfriend hates Japanese food and you’re in Japan. Your best friend is afraid of heights but you’re at Tokyo tower. You’re by yourself and YOU can do what YOU want. This may just be your one chance to be indulgent, to be a little bit selfish and think about everything you would like to accomplish in this trip without being deterred by the opinions of others. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Immersing yourself in the culture
I’m not sure what you like to do on your holidays, But i really hate being that arrogant tourist among arrogant tourists. The ones who stand out because they only want to embrace a few parts of the culture which suit them. Solo travel really allows you to uncover the depths of a specific culture to a new level. Plus, you’re more approachable. My last trip to South Korea was incredible. I was approached by locals to join them for dinner and then we went from there. They showed me things I would never have seen if it was not for them. I doubt I would have been approached if I was with a group of my own friends.
Building confidence, independence and re awakening your sense of adventure
As i mentioned before, I didn’t have intentions to ever travel alone. It just happened. Talk about a confidence booster. Talk about thinking, “wow, I can really do this, by myself!”. And that confidence will flow through to other areas of life. It is so important to have positive self confidence and also to be independent. To not totally depend on others is the beginning of an adventure in itself. So book that ticket, pack that bag and go!
The world is waiting for you and is ready to show you all it has to offer. So get out there!