Traveling solo may seem lonely, expensive and maybe a little scary to some people. But there are people who would prefer to travel alone. If you want to know if you’re suited for solo travel, here is a list of advantages and disadvantages:
• Freedom. Traveling with a companion is always an exercise in compromise, especially when you can’t agree with your companion on where to go and what to do. By traveling alone, you get to do what you want at your own time.
• Make new friends. When you’re traveling alone, you get to make new friends out of fellow travelers and locals. You might not be interested in striking up a conversation with strangers if you had a travel companion.
• Self-discovery. You can learn more about yourself when you’re on your own. Traveling solo can pluck you out of your comfort zone and you can understand yourself better; know what you want to do, where you want to go, and what interests you.
• Security. Traveling solo will make you feel alone and without someone you truly trust. You may feel vulnerable because you think no one has your back.
• Sharing experiences. You can tell stories of your travel adventures, and show pictures of where you’ve been but it’s not the same as having someone to share those experiences with.
• Expensive. Traveling alone can be more expensive than traveling with a group or a companion. You won’t have anyone with which to share bills for meals and accommodations. There are some places that charge “single supplement,” which can range from 25 to 100 percent of the overall cost.
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