Traveling with others, of course, can be fun but it can be difficult with different personalities.
I have found when traveling with friends, what may be only a slight annoyance can become a huge pain when you are spending an extended time with them. Traveling brings out everyone’s true personality good and bad. How you both deal with problems, expectations and of course how you both may differ in how you want to spend time on the vacation.
This is why traveling solo can be so liberating. Where you go, and how you get there is all up to you. No one will be complaining or rolling their eyes, you do not have to cater to anybody’s mood but your own. You will be able to spend as much time as you like reading or relaxing in whatever way you wish. If hiking or yoga is your thing you are able to indulge peacefully.
You will leave your comfort zone behind, this includes the challenges that arise and how you handle them. You will gain more confidence in your travel abilities. When you travel solo, you will be mindful of every moment, this has its own benefits. Mindfulness relieves stress and will naturally allow you to become introspective. Journaling while travel helps to reinforce “being in the moment” and being grateful for the experiences that you are experiencing.
Just think of how you will feel when you recount your adventures to your family and friends. They will be impressed by your newfound self-confidence. You will get to know yourself better and may be surprised by what you learn about yourself. I think that when we push ourselves, we tend to grow and change a little bit.
I gain great insight and inspiration from solo travel bloggers, they can give some great advice and the local ins and outs of different locations. Some of my favorites solo travel bloggers are the Blonde Abroad, Nomadic Matt & Migrating Miss. Each has its own energetic flavor and will make you realize how many others are enjoying their travels in many ways.