Benefits of Solo Travel

Benefits of Solo Travel

In October, I’m going to Curaçao and it is what I call my first REAL solo travel experience. I get on planes and buses alone all the time and I’ve always gone where there’s someone a phone call away. My grandmother and her aunt lived in Curaçao some time ago, but as far as I’m concerned, I have zero friends and family there. Many people think I’m crazy for going by myself, but they fail to see there are benefits of solo travel. Here are just a few.

There is NO Drama

Almost every point circles back to no drama for me and that’s why it is my number one reason. I’m not saying there won’t be any crazy airport/airline staff, or lost luggage drama; it happens to everyone at some point or the other. The drama associated with [some] people you travel with is so real. I strongly believe that you see your friends differently when you travel with them. Some experiences are great, while others are just a complete headache.

You Meet New People

Traveling solo does not mean you’re alone

I’ve said this many times to friends my and family members. There’s always someone to meet on a solo trip especially in public places like the beach, restaurant, coffee shop or group tour. While meeting new people is fun, you should still use caution

Caribana 2014
You Have Freedom

I have six brothers and sisters, so I definitely know how it is to not have my own space. When traveling solo, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can plan your own itinerary and make changes as you wish without any regrets or complaints.

You Save Money

This depends on the type of person you are. There are some people that don’t stick to their budget when traveling with others. There’s nothing wrong with bringing extra money just in case, but splitting the bill if you don’t drink and your friend does? Not happening on a solo trip. It also is much cheaper staying in a hostel or Airbnb verses a hotel any day.

You Gain Confidence

This pertains to more that just going on a solo trip. Remember the first time you took public transportation or even driven in a car by yourself? As nerve wrecking as it was for me, after a few tries, I became more confident. It goes the same with going on a trip abroad. The more you do something, the more experienced you become.

MARTA ATL
You Discover Yourself

Part of the travel experience is trying new things. Sometimes “the rush” makes you step out of your comfort zone and you do something different. During the solo time, you learn that you’re a risk taker, courageous and pretty awesome.

Virginia Beach

What are some other benefits of solo travel? Share them below.

33 thoughts on “Benefits of Solo Travel

  1. Stacie

    I think the benefits of solo travel are doing what you want, when you want. There’s no one else to whine or complain either which equals less stress for me.

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    1. Joanna E

      Exactly! Who likes a whiner spoiling their trip? Nobody

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  2. Name*

    You see and do more because you Don’ t have to waste time getting a consensus from a group about where to go, and you Don’t have to wait or look for people, so you can move faster and see more.

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  3. Adventurer

    People who are afraid to travel alone are scaredy cats and miss so much in life. It’ t better to travel solo than miss the trip. They need to learn how to enjoy their own company, plus you meet more New people when you are solo, it makes one more approachable.

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    1. Joanna E

      It’s usually the ones that DON’T travel at all that say you’re crazy or negative things about traveling solo. I got tired missing out. You waste so much time waiting.

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  4. Toya

    I love the no drama one. Sometimes a group even with the best of intentions leads to drama. Someone wants to go here others want to go there. Alone you do what you want to do which is what vacation should be.

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    1. Joanna E

      You’re right. Even outside of a trip, I tend to do my own thing. Not worth the headache. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  5. Shannon Peterson

    I think traveling alone would definitely cause me to step more out of my comfort zone and experience more things!

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    1. Joanna E

      It sure has done it for me. I’m glad I took the step. I get bored so easily.

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  6. Jen

    I have totally loved the trips that I’ve taken by myself! I decided in my early 20s that if I was going to wait around for someone to go with me, then I might be waiting for the rest of my life. Of course, now that I’m older and married (;) ) I still enjoy the occasional trip by myself, and my husband understands that. I’m always glad to get home to him, though 😉

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    1. Joanna E

      Alone time is necessary from time to time.

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  7. Elle

    My first solo trip was to Rome, I did meet a friend there and hang out but for the most part I was scared to travel out alone, once I got on the tram, I felt confident in moving around and things. It’s really rewarding to be out there, and not have to deal with friends who don’t want to get up and get out. You don’t have to make decisions as a group. I think the only downside for me is that I would of course want pictures of myself out there, but hey, they have selfie sticks for that now right?

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    1. Joanna E

      YES! I thought selfie stick were so narcissistic, but they’re definitely a help.

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  8. Kita

    When you travel alone you definitely get to know yourself. I travel a lot along by car and people think I am crazy but the open road and my music…sounds good to me.

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    1. Joanna E

      I usually get those kind of comments from people that always stay home. I’m so not about that life. lol

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  9. Mia Jones

    I have never been in a solo vacation. It does seem like something I could and should do. Bravo to you for doing so!

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks Mia! I have so many more trips in mind. I just need to go out and do them now. lol

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  10. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    I think I may have that fear of traveling alone. Maybe someday.

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    1. Joanna E

      I hope you do get to take a solo trip. Even if it’s just for a weekend in another state, it’s not so scary. 🙂

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  11. Aisha Johnson Adams

    Before I had my son I would travel all the time alone. I am now looking to get more involved in activism and I understand that will require me to travel alone again… I am excited about it.

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  12. LaShawn

    I’ve always wanted to go to Curacao! It’s on my bucket list! Before I got married, I traveled alone all the time. Now, only every now and then. I miss it!

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    1. Joanna E

      OMG I’ve been telling people for MONTHS about Curacao and NOBODY knows where it is. lol If I say Aruba, they automatically know. lol

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  13. Christine @MomsNCharge

    I can’t wait to hear about your experience! I take small trips often enough solo, and it’s great to just have that time to myself.

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  14. Vashti (veepeejay.com)

    I’ve never been on a solo vacation, but I think it’s important to do things by yourself sometimes. I can’t wait to hear about your experience.

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    1. Joanna E

      Thank you Vee. I’m really excited about it. I’ve been planning my itinerary for months now. lol

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  15. Patranila

    I never thought of solo travel as cheaper but I guess you’re right. Meals and sharing tabs can get pretty pricey!

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  16. nadeen

    All very true!! I have done a few solo trips and love it! I have also been to Curacao and it is so quaint so Im sure you will enjoy it!

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    1. Joanna E

      I’m patiently waiting for October. I’m hoping it is as awesome as I imagine. lol

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  17. Jonna

    I’m such an introvert, so I enjoy spending time alone. I honestly wish I took more time to travel alone before getting married, so rarely did I travel alone as an adult. I had my husband and step-daughter so it was all about family vacay. Now she’s grown, and especially traveling for my blog, I get the chance to travel alone but not abroad yet.

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    1. Joanna E

      I’m an introvert, but I like doing things because I get bored so easily. I hope do you get to travel abroad for business or vacation. Family vacations are fun too. I’m going with my nieces and nephews to Disney and we’re all excited.

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  18. Emi

    Of course, they are so many benefits to travelling alone! I completely agree Enjoy your trip, it’s only in a fexw weeks now!

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks Emi. I went last year. It was an amazing experience. Thanks 🙂

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  19. Blessing Boamah

    I feel that one of the most important things in solo travel is the freedom to do what you want when you want. You are not tied down to waiting for others to be ready.

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