Have you always wanted to explore the red rocks of Sonoma, sample wine in Napa, or tour Italy in the summer?

What’s stopping you?   Is it that you can’t find a travel partner?

Your friends and family are too busy, don’t share your love of travel, or feel it is a waste of money.

Maybe you should just go. Life is short….and meant to be lived.

Traveling solo provides a unique experience. One that is liberating and slightly self-indulgent.

Plus, If you have ever traveled with someone who adds drama, is inflexible or cranky, I think you’ll agree its far better to travel alone than with a bad companion.

Here are 5 reasons for you to give solo travel a try.

  1. Freedom to Wander

There is nothing like the experience of exploring without an agenda. When you travel solo, you can change your plans without consulting anyone. If the museum seems too crowded, go to the art gallery instead. Spends hours shopping for antiques. Skip the large meals and order appetizers when you feel hungry.   Get up early to exercise…or sleep late.

You call the shots. Do only what you really want to do. Follow your heart.

  1. It’s Easier to Meet People

When you travel with a companion, attention is focused on them. You always have someone to talk to. It’s easy to miss the opportunities and people around you. Traveling solo makes you more approachable. I have met so many engaging people while sitting in a coffee shop or a restaurant alone.   If you are friendly and genuinely enjoy people, there is always someone with an interesting story.   Who knows, you may make a friend for life. I love to learn from the locals about their city. Meet other photographers and share tips. Swap stories with travelers on their own adventure. Strangers become friends over a cup of coffee and shared experiences.

  1. Develop Confidence

Traveling solo stretches you. It builds confidence. It forces you out of your comfort zone. With no one else to depend on, you learn to navigate a new city, overcome your fear of hailing a cab (or calling Uber) or walking into a restaurant alone. Figuring out stuff for yourself just feels good. The more you travel solo, the more confidence you’ll build.

With today’s technology, you are always just a click away. Should you need directions, restaurant suggestions, or a phone number, Siri is ready and willing to assist.

  1. Spend Time with Yourself

Solo travel allows time to reflect and focus on the things that are important. It is rejuvenating. It may be having uninterrupted time to read, time in nature to hone your photography skills, a chance to write, or a cold beer on the beach.

Get to know yourself. You may discover that you’re a lot of fun to spend time with. And as every solo traveler learns, you’re only as alone as you want to be.   There are plenty of entertaining folks to meet when you’re feeling social.   Having time to yourself, but never really being alone, what could be better than that?

  1. You are Safer Than You Think

Exploring a new city alone is really not any different than being alone in your own city. It’s important to use common sense. Be aware of your surroundings

Don’t wander around at night. Keep an eye on your belongings.

I use personal protective equipment as an extra layer of safety. It is empowering to know that you can protect yourself if needed.

Damsel In Defense is a company which sells products that I use personally.

The best part of solo travel is that you don’t have to wait for anyone. Just Go. Whether it is a trip around the world or a weekend getaway; buy the ticket, fill the gas tank, relish in the adventure.

What are you waiting for?

Where will you go, now that you’re not afraid to travel solo?

I’m a freelance writer and photographer living in SW Florida. I have a love of travel and photography. Living in Florida, my backyard is a travel destination with crystal clear water, beautiful beaches, quaint towns, and amazing wildlife. Wander with me…

Stephanie Karasek
Empowerment Coach
Damsel Safety Trainer

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