Updated: May 13, 2020
“But when you travel solo, there’s nobody to answer to but you. The beauty of a solo vacation lies in the ability to structure your days as you see fit: there are no quibbles about where to go to eat in the evening or objections about visiting that obscure museum you’ve had your eye on since your arrival. You are free to experience your destination as you like and without having to cater to someone’s wants and desires. You make the decisions, you call the shots. It’s empowering.”
Were you nervous? Was it scary being alone?
I can’t even count how many times I was asked this, lol. No, it wasn’t scary and I wasn’t really nervous at all. If anything, I was excited to leave. My family and friends were so worried and concerned about me going alone. They thought I was secretly meeting someone or something, it was the weirdest and funniest thing. We all deserve time alone. Yes, I could’ve easily stayed in town and got alone time but why not explore a city I don’t already live in?
What did you do?
Well, I stayed for an entire week. I know right, that’s a pretty long time but it was worth it and I’d do it again. I did a little bit of everything…I went to the spa, I went shopping, I rested-caught up on movies and shows, etc. Most importantly, I ate and ate and ate some more. I’m really big on authentic restaurants when traveling out of town. I think I had the most fun researching unique places to eat. When it comes to food, I’ve never been afraid to try anything.
Moral to the story…
Basically, it was literally the best trip I have ever been on. I think people assume a vacation isn’t a vacation unless it involves people or a beach, which is mind-blowing to me. I guess everyone has their preference and perspective, but I’ve traveled with friends and family and I’ve been to several beaches, but this trip alone has been my BEST adventure. It was nice waking up every morning alone to peace and quiet, a different view, planning a new agenda every day, meeting new people, exploring a different city, and doing whatever I wanted to do without any other opinions to factor in. I think solitude and quality time with ourselves is taken for granted. People don’t realize how refreshing and nurturing it is to just spend time alone.
Oh wait, I almost forgot…
I was also cautious about the amount of time I was on my phone. It would’ve been pointless for me to get away for peace and quiet just to be locked into my phone the entire time. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a blogger and I love taking pictures and videos for memories and such things but I was careful and mindful each time I pulled my phone out to get on social media.
10 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone at Least Once
1. It’s liberating—having the freedom to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to, how you want to, etc. is more rewarding than you think.
2. Meeting new people is easier and is more enjoyable—I’m an extroverted introvert. I enjoy being around people (kinda sorta not really) but I noticed when I was on my trip, having conversations with random people was interesting and kinda fun.
3. There’s so much time to reflect—because I was alone, I had nothing but time to reflect without any interruptions.
4. Traveling alone increases your confidence—taking solo trips means you’ll have to make your own decisions, helping you become more confident, assertive, and decisive as a result.
5. Self-Discovery—one thing you can be certain of is that by the end of your trip you’ll know yourself much better than you did at the start. You’ll have a clearer view of what you enjoy and what you prefer to avoid, from your own experience instead of being influenced by how someone else felt.
6. You can be who you want to be—when you’re away alone, you aren’t limited to what other people who “know you” have labeled you as. Whether you want to be the wacky extroverted daredevil who twerks on tables at the bar or the introvert who retreats to her hotel suite with a good book at the end of the night…it’s your choice.
7. It’s all about YOU—being selfish is always frown upon. Why not take a solo trip when you can be as selfish as you want to be without the opinions of other people?
8. Recharge—if you’re like me, you’re always busy doing something, somewhere, with somebody…whether that is work-related or family-related, it always feels like an ongoing thing. After the first couple of days alone, I instantly felt better, like I had all of the energy in the world to do so much.
9. Self-Care—Regardless of age, income, marital status, etc. a solo trip is the ultimate form of self-care. I can’t think of any better way to refocus on your personal needs and desires without the weight or influence of anyone else.
10. Why not?—what do you have to lose? Why not open your third eye? Why not pour into yourself? You deserve it.