5 Things That Traveling Solo Teaches You

It's tons of fun to travel with your family and even with your pet, but traveling solo has rewards beyond anything you could image. Sometimes the best company you can have is yourself.

More and more people are taking solo trips; in fact, many of these travelers are claiming that traveling alone is the best way to explore the world. Do everything you want to do, on your own time, without having to worry about anyone else's preferences.

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Solo traveling teaches you more about yourself. You will learn how to become more independent and will develop more confidence, knowing that you have stepped out of your comfort zone and challenged yourself to do things that you never thought were possible.

Some of the best destinations for solo traveling include Bali, Indonesia, Dublin Ireland, Masai Mara, Kenya and Paris, France.

Continue reading for 5 things that solo traveling teaches you.


1. How to make new friends- Traveling alone gives you the opportunity to expand your social networks and make new friends from all over the world. You may meet someone who shares the same interests as you, then embark on adventures together, and most importantly, help keep each other safe.

2. Independence- You're alone and all you have to rely on is yourself.  It forces you to be more independent; you make all of the decisions – decide what adventures to embark on and what activities to participate in; and you decide where and how to spend your money. It also helps increase your organization skills.

3. How to get out of your comfort zone- Traveling to an unfamiliar place and exploring different surroundings may be challenging for some. We can easily become accustom to our surroundings. Traveling solo forces you to get out of your comfort zone. Take risks, challenge yourself and do things that you never thought were possible.

4. How to enjoy being alone- Learn how to love yourself and your own company on a solo trip. Traveling alone puts you more in tune with your thoughts. It forces you to face yourself and in turn helps you become more confident, happy and safe in your own company.

5. Education- Learn more about the world. Experience different cultures, pick up new languages, visit landmarks, national parks, museums and try different foods.


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