The Single Traveler’s Guide to Success

Summary: Travelling alone can redefine the way you perceive foreign countries and how you experience them.

There are so many people out there that put off their travel dreams because they’re too afraid to take that leap of faith and travel by themselves. If you want to go to a place like Europe or Asia but don’t have a partner, consider mustering up the courage to do it solo. Believe it or not, but there are plenty of people you’ll meet throughout your trip, and single travelers tend to enjoy a wide variety of temporary partners throughout the entire trip.

The Pros and Cons

Travelling by yourself obviously has its pros and cons. However, most of the cons revolve around relying on your partner and doing things with him/her. When you’re on your own, you’re completely independent and in control of everything you do on your trip. For one, you can travel at your own pace, do things that interest you, eat whenever and whatever you like, and splurge anytime. You never have to negotiate with your partner where you want to go, when to pack up, and when to call it a day.

The cons are pretty basic, you’ve got no one to send ahead while you wait in line, nobody to chit chat with (unless you meet a local traveler that speaks your language), and nobody to commiserate with when things go wrong.

Embracing Your Surroundings

Traveling with someone else, it’s natural for you to focus on your partner and automatically tune out the gorgeous symphony of sights, sounds, and smells that surround you. Traveling solos will allow you to be more present of your current environment and more open to your surroundings. You’ll meet tons of people and you’re more likely to experience the kindness of strangers. It’s an experience that’s singlehandedly worth trying at least once in your life.

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