Traveling alone can be one of the most freeing experiences you’ll ever have. It allows you to enjoy every moment for yourself and really savor the sights and sounds of your destination. Here are some reasons why solo travel is better than travel with friends:
I’m doing what I want, when I want.
- Freedom to do what you want, when you want.
- Freedom to go where you want, when you want.
- Freedom to eat what you want, when and where (within reason).
- Freedom to sleep when and where (within reason).
- Freedom to wake up when and where (within reason).
My experiences are mine, not tainted with other people’s comments or stories.
When you travel with friends, it’s easy to be influenced by their opinions and stories. Not that there’s anything wrong with this, but as someone who prefers solo travel, I enjoy having the freedom to pick what I want to hear and see without having to contend with others’ ideas of what is worth experiencing.
When you travel alone, you have the benefit of being able to explore at your own pace and make the most of your time in each place that you visit. You don’t have to worry about how long it will take for everyone else in your group or family unit to finish breakfast before moving on because they all think that something else is more important than seeing everything there is on offer.
You also don’t need anyone else’s approval when taking photos—and no one telling how terrible or amazing they are! Whether it’s a photo from last night’s dinner or an early morning view from a hilltop overlooking a valley below, solo travelers can take as many pictures as they want without worrying about whether others think their photography skills are up-to-par (or even existent).
I don’t have to worry about being a bad friend
If you’re traveling alone, you don’t have to worry about being a terrible friend. If they’re waiting for you at the hotel while you decide to spend the day at the beach or in town instead of sightseeing with them, they’ll still be there tomorrow. They won’t think less of you as a result. You can do whatever suits your fancy without having to consider how it will affect your friends—or what their reactions might be if they knew what was going on inside your head.
Although solo travel does not come without its challenges (and sometimes even its regrets), it’s an important skill that can help build confidence and independence in unexpected ways.
I don’t have to adjust my schedule for other people.
I don’t have to adjust my schedule for other people. When I travel with friends, there are always those who want to go out and sightsee early in the morning and others who want to sleep in until noon. I’m fine with either of these options; what I’m not okay with is being forced into one at the expense of the other. Solo travel allows you to do whatever you want when you want, which also means that no one is forcing you into anything.
If it’s 3 p.m., but your friend wants lunch at 11 a.m., then maybe they should go ahead without me! It’s okay if we’re separated sometimes—it happens more often than not anyway, so why not let it happen by choice?
I can take as many photos as I want of whatever strikes my fancy.
Traveling by yourself is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your life and take photos of things that inspire you. In my experience, when traveling with friends or family members, there’s a lot more pressure to capture all the “best” photos because everyone else wants to remember those experiences in their own way.
I’ve always been more interested in capturing less obvious moments that give insight into local culture, like how people eat lunch or interact with each other on the streets. Solo travel allows me to do this without feeling like I’m being rude or weird by taking pictures of inconsequential things (like strangers!).
I don’t have to be on time for anything if I don’t want to be.
Solo travel is the best because you don’t have to be on time for anything if you don’t want to be. You can sleep in, spend as much time at a place as you want, and do things that interest you without having to worry about other people’s schedules.
- Being late isn’t fun for anyone involved (unless of course it’s the kind of thing where being late makes sense). It’s stressful not knowing whether someone else is going to make it somewhere on time, especially when they’re relying on you. Solo travel allows me complete freedom in choosing when I want to go places and how fast I need/want to get there.
- If I wake up early one day or am just too tired by the end of the day and decide that I’m ready for bed before everyone else is ready for bed—no big deal! I can go straight home instead of waiting around until everyone’s ready for bedtime so we can head home together like some sort of human train car full of stragglers from an office function who don’t know how parties work yet but are still trying hard anyway (you know exactly what I’m talking about).
- Going out has always been easier with friends than without them because most people aren’t comfortable going out alone unless there’s no other option available like at a bar or concert where there are tons of people around anyway so why even bother trying? When traveling solo though: parties everywhere! Parties that are actually fun too! And guess what? You only have yourself to please and no one else has any expectations either way so GO HARD OR GO HOME!!
I have time to figure out how to get from place A to B, and not have people get grumpy about it.
When you’re on your own, you can stop and enjoy the scenery. I was once on a train from Paris to Brussels, and stopped in Arras for lunch. Instead of rushing through my meal so that I could get back on the train on time, I took my time eating lunch at Le Train Bleu restaurant. This meant that when the train left Arras station at 3:30 pm instead of 2:50 pm (my original departure time), there were no angry faces staring at me from across the aisle.
I also have time to figure out how to get from place A to B, and not have people get grumpy about it. When traveling with friends or family members who are in a rush all day long, one solution is simply agreeing not to go anywhere during rush hour—which means no big cities or tourist sites during high traffic times of day! That might work if you’re only going somewhere like London or Paris for two weeks; but if solo travel becomes an annual tradition for your family vacation each year (it should!), then maybe having some flexibility with timing would be nice…and being able to make those decisions yourself would be even nicer!
No one has access to my camera and takes off with it, leaving me camera-less for the day (or longer).
Solo travel is better than travel with friends because no one has access to my camera and takes off with it, leaving me camera-less for the day (or longer).
If you are traveling with friends, you need to watch out for each other’s stuff. If anyone loses something or leaves something behind, it’s a problem for all of you—and that’s not fun. It can also cost a lot of money if someone loses or breaks something expensive.
If I were traveling solo and lost my camera, I wouldn’t have to worry about sharing the cost of replacing it with whomever happened to be in possession at the time—just me!
Every minute alone is so refreshing that it makes up for every minute without another human being around.
When you are alone, you are not with anyone. The two concepts are not the same. Even if you’re surrounded by your best friends in the world and they’re all having a blast, they are there and you aren’t. You can be with friends but never alone.
Alone is not lonely at all—in fact, it’s quite the opposite! There is no one else around to make me feel like I’m being judged or less than because of who I am as a person or what I have going on in my life at this moment (which might be nothing). It’s so refreshingly freeing that it makes up for every minute without another human being around. Yes, even on trips where they were fun and wonderful friends to travel with.
My memories are really clear, because they’re just mine. Not mixed up with someone else’s!
I know several people who travel alone, and they all agree that it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself better.
There are many reasons why traveling solo is great:
- You can be more open and honest with yourself. You don’t have to worry about what other people will think of you, or whether they’ll judge you for doing something stupid.
- You can be more spontaneous and adventurous. You can do things that you wouldn’t do if you were with others (like sleep on a beach).
- It’s great for introverts who need time alone to recharge after being around people all day at work or school!
Solo travel can be a great way to feel free and refreshed!
Solo travel is a great way to feel refreshed and recharged. You get to do what you want, when you want. You can take as many photos as you want (or none at all). And it doesn’t matter if your friends don’t like the same things or have different opinions than yours—you won’t be judged by them or have them tell you what not to do.
But perhaps most importantly, solo travel can help us feel more connected with ourselves and those around us! We learn about our own strengths and weaknesses when we spend time alone—and this self-awareness will make us better friends with others in the future, too.
This is the best part of it all. The freedom and independence that solo travel provides you with is unlike anything else. The experiences, memories, and feelings are all unique to your own journey through life. You have time to reflect on yourself and what you want in this world; being alone allows us more time to be introspective than we would normally have if other people’s opinions, questions or stories constantly surrounded us.