Traveling with others, of course, can be fun but it can be a difficult dealing with many different personality types.
I have found when traveling with friends, what may be only a slight annoyance can become a huge pain. Especially when you are spending an extended period of time with them.
Traveling brings out everyone’s true personality good and bad. How you deal with problems, expectations and of course how you may differ in wanting to spend your time on 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.
“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” — Henry David Thoreau
You will leave your comfort zone behind which 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 feeling grateful for the experiences that you are living.
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.
Solo Travel Groups
Solo travel groups are a great way to have the best of both worlds. You have the freedom of solo travel, but also get the chance to meet other travelers. This allows you to enjoy experiences with others for part of your trip. There are solo travel packages available for many different age groups or activity levels.
Traveling with only a certain age group can have its pros and cons. Meeting people with different backgrounds and ages can be more interesting, than being with others that are so similar. Read the reviews on what the different travelers have to say about their solo travel adventures.
I gain great insight and inspiration from solo travel bloggers, they can give some great advice about 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 different ways.
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