Pros and Cons of Solo Travel

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I took my first solo trip to Europe this past summer and realized a heck of a lot about traveling solo that I didn’t realize before the trip, both good and not so good.  I have now traveled with and without travel partners and there’s benefits and disadvantages of each.  I figured I’d share with y’all these pros and cons!

Pros and Cons of Solo Travel

Pros

  • You can do what you want to do when you want to do it.  You can tailor the trip to solely your interests.  If you want to go to a museum do it, if you hate museums, you don’t have to.  There is no debating of what to do.  If you want to eat gelato for breakfast go for it (no shame haha).
  • You’re more social. You don’t have that travel buddy there all the time to talk to about your travels or whatever you may be talking about.  With that, you’re almost forced(in the best way possible) to socialize more with people from your hostel or locals. I am a relatively shy person , although I try to force myself out of my comfort zone all the time.  But my favorite thing about traveling Europe this summer was meeting so many incredible people from all over the world.  If I was traveling with someone it would be a lot easier to just socialize with them and not meet new people because it’s “comfortable” to me. Forget comfort zones! Nothing incredible ever happened while doing what’s comfortable!
  • You are more observant of the culture. While walking around and exploring new cities you’ll probably be chatting up a storm with your friend.  What I realized while I was traveling alone is I would pick up on little things while out walking and exploring a city.  It may be something as large as the beautiful architecture of the cute doors in Italy or as simple as a greeting between two locals.

 

Cons

  • It can get lonely. Although you meet a lot of people a long the way,  it’s still possible to feel alone.  There isn’t that constant person that is there for you travel with and to share all those travel experiences and stories with.
  • Traveling alone (especially as a female) can be a little more dangerous, not that traveling is dangerous, but you do have to be more cautious of your surroundings while you are out.  Just use common sense about walking around alone at night in a new city.  If you’re staying in a hostel, go out at night with new friends you met there, that way you have people that you can walk to and from the bar with.

 

Traveling with or without people are both incredibly fun experiences and i’d highly reccomend experiencing both at some point.  Traveling alone can be incredibly empowering while traveling with a buddy can be a ton of fun!

Have you traveled alone?

Do you prefer solo travel or traveling with someone else?

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