Most people find the idea of ‘solo travel’ terrifying, but we are here to prove you otherwise. Going on a wanderlust getaway with your loved one is great; offering good laugh and memorable experience that could bind us for life, but every once in a while, you should consider to embark on a vacation trip by yourself. Here are some of the reasons why:
1.Be The Master Of Your Own Plan
One simple truth about traveling solo is that its full of freedom. Want to try that viral ‘ayam betutu’ street stall on the traditional market next to your hostel? Go ahead right away! Get up on sunrise, have some coffee, or even have an impromptu hiking trip. You don’t have to drag your night-owl companion for an early flight next day, or quarrelling what to eat for dinner. The stress of holiday planning will be significantly reduced if you only have to do it for yourself!
2. Whole Acquaintances For Yourself
Just like when we are playing video game, when we are with friends and family, much of our experience ‘points’ is a shared one, which can create a buffer between us and the world around us. By travelling solo, it will be harder for you to stay on your comfort zone (read: cellphone / gadgets), as you have to engage to every little bits of your travel activity, which can lead to a more intense and rewarding travel experience!
3. More Action, Less Drama
The more the merrier indeed, travelling together, especially with our loved one can tighten our bond with one another, but sometime, it could also cause unnecessary frictions. If things don’t go well, the entire trip can be a miserable, drama-filled time you’d love to forget. You will not have this problem when travelling alone, and once you get used to it, you can stop waiting for certain someone to take you on a vacation, instead, you can go wherever or whenever you want without having to be dependent, and have more satisfying experience along the way!
4. Blends In With The Locals
Whether you’re looking for human interaction or not, you will have to engage someone else for a chat at any time during your holiday. Unable to rely on your mate to buy a breakfast or opening the Google map while travelling solo, you will have to turn to the locals for help. This is definitely not a bad thing, as sometime, the local can offer great help during your trip; from giving away shortcut to travel the road faster, to the cheapest, decent place to have lunch. Have a chat or two with some locals during your solo journey. You’ll never know if they can be your friend for life, or better, your future love!
5. Confidence Building
Travelling alone can be scary at first, as we have to deal with loneliness without no one else we know to encourage us. But remember, you’re only going solo for a brief holiday, so better use the time to savor every moment and expand your level of knowledge. Being able to get yourself out of a jam or figure out where you are when you’re lost while travelling can give a new sense of confidence and faith in your own resourcefulness, and it will be carried not only to your next trip, but your life at home as well.
6. Realizing Your Own Potential
Consider your travel as a leisurely education moment, to learn more about the world, and also yourself. There is a clarity that comes from being thousand miles away from everything familiar and all of the things that influence your decisions. Once you take the plunge and get over your fears, you’ll feel a sense of empowerment. A successful solo vacation can inspire you to tackle even more things in life you’ve been afraid to try.
7. Expand Your Social Range (Get New Friends)
As we have stated above, travelling solo is a great way to expand your social circle and gain new friends. It forces you to be more outgoing than normal, and it naturally makes you more approachable. Conversations with strangers are easier and seamless because they revolve around simple questions like “Where are you going?” and “Where are you from?” Plus, other travelers are the best resource for recommendations on food, transport, and accommodation.
8. Inspire Others
Not only good for yourself, travelling solo will also inspire those around you to do the same. You can be the excuse your friends could use to overcome their doubt and fear. So, don’t hesitate to plan your next Bali holiday alone! Check around our website to find handy listicles and tips to give ideas about destination you should visit on the island. Have an enlightening holiday ahead!