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I know what you’re thinking: Traveling alone is scary and uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be! It’s an amazing experience and one that makes me more confident, empowered, and comfortable with myself. Here are some reasons you should travel alone as an under 30.

It’s empowering

  • You will become more independent. When you’re alone, you can’t rely on anyone else to do things for you or accompany you on your adventures. This forces you to be resourceful and confident in your own abilities.
  • You’ll learn to be more assertive than ever before. If someone doesn’t want me traveling alone as an under 30, I won’t let them stop me! This is my life after all!
  • It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends from all over the world! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from traveling so much in my early twenties, it’s that everyone has something interesting about themselves that makes them worth getting to know better; even if they don’t speak the same language as us (you never know what someone might have learned).

It teaches you confidence

travel alone as an under 30

You’ll be forced to be more independent. As the only person in charge of your itinerary and budget, you will have to learn how to make decisions on your own. This can be scary at first but you’ll quickly realize that it’s actually liberating to not rely on anyone else for guidance. You’ll also learn how to plan out things like meals, transportation and accommodations without worrying about other people’s opinions or preferences.

It will help you become more comfortable with yourself as a person. Travelling alone gives us the opportunity to let go of our old identities and adopt new ones based on who we are becoming during our travels: independent, responsible adults (hopefully). It forces us out of our comfort zones—if we want something done, then we have no choice but do it ourselves! This can be anything from asking for directions from residents instead sitting idly by waiting for someone else to save us from getting lost (which by the way never works) or booking accommodation online instead of waiting until last minute when all hotels are booked up everywhere because everyone else thought they could too. Here are some tips for a first-time solo traveller.

It gives you a better understanding of yourself

You will learn more about yourself.

Travelling alone allows you to be your true self, with no one influencing your decisions or judging you. You won’t have to worry about staying up late and missing out on the sights because your friend can’t get out of bed. You don’t need to be concerned with what someone else in your group thinks about where you want to go or how much money is left on their credit card for food. The only person that matters is yourself, and this gives you the opportunity to explore everything that makes up who you are. Want to know more about my journey to Malaysia? Read everything here.

You will learn more about what you can do by yourself when there isn’t anyone else around pressuring or encouraging you into doing something different than usual – whether it’s during a trip away from home or even just while going out for dinner with friends at night instead of attending an early morning yoga class (everyone has done this). The bottom line here: We all know ourselves better than anyone else does so take advantage of this fact!

You’ll meet new people

One of the biggest benefits of traveling alone is that it forces you out of your comfort zone. You might not be used to eating alone or sleeping in a bed by yourself, but these are all things that will happen when you travel solo. Not only will you have an opportunity to meet new people and make friends with people from different cultures, but meeting these new people can also bring out qualities about yourself that were previously hidden.

When I traveled alone for the first time in Australia at age 19, I was terrified about being lonely and being away from home. However, after talking with someone from New Zealand who had moved there for school (and then stayed), we discovered that we both shared similar values—something which really bonded us together as friends even though we had never met before! Here is what I learned on my solo trip to Vietnam.

You will be in a better position to take risks now than later in life.

It’s easy to get trapped in a rut. We make the same choices, over and over again, because it’s comfortable. We may not think about this as being stuck in a rut, but it is! If you want your life to be extraordinary, it will take some risks and risks are scary!

Having said that: It’s easier to take risks when you’re younger than when you’re older (and I mean this in a good way). As long as we’re talking about health risk-taking with proper preparation—not reckless behaviour—it is certainly better to travel alone as an under 30. Your experience base is bigger now; so are the things which scare or excite you; so is your comfort level with deciding on the fly or alone.

You should travel alone when you’re younger because it will make you more confident and empowered, and give you more experiences.

solo travel as an under 30

You should travel alone when you are younger because it will make you more confident and empowered, and give you more experience. Attempt to travel alone as an under 30.

The reason is that confidence doesn’t come from feeling good about yourself, but from knowing your strengths and weaknesses. You learn this by travelling alone as a young person because it gives you both the opportunity to focus on yourself with no distractions (like friends or family), but also forces you to take risks in order to get out of your comfort zone. This knowledge can help guide other decisions in life, like where to live or work after college or university ends, for example—not all jobs are going to be right for everyone in terms of culture fit or salary level!


There are many reasons why you should travel alone as an under 30. You will learn more about yourself, meet new people and be in a better position to take risks now than later in life.