Have you ever traveled solo? Going on a solo adventure, as a young female, has got to be one of the most exciting, eye-opening experiences that you’ll ever have in your life. Without a buddy or your bestie by your side, you’ll have the freedom to anything and everything that heart desires. Plus, solo travel can mold you into in a better, fearless and more independent woman in many different ways.
Though the thought of traveling solo seems intimidating and scary, it is to me a soul-stretching escapade that every girl should try at least once. As a matter of fact, there have been a ton of bold and inspiring females from all corners of the world who have found enlightenment and joy by traveling solo, including the famous Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed. In addition, traveling solo has become quite a trend among women from 18 up to 34 years old.
It’s a journey of self-discovery
Feeling lost, and don’t know what to do with your life? Want to know yourself better? Trust me, there’s no need for you to spend thousands of dollars on a professional therapist, for you to know more about yourself. In my book, a solo adventure to a far-off place that is way beyond your comfort zone is one of the best ways a girl can know more about herself better.
With no friend or boyfie to influence or sway your opinions, you will have plenty of chances to explore your own thoughts and feelings. And as a result, you will get to learn a lot more about yourself as well as discover the things that truly make you happy. Free the everyday life’s distractions and a multitude of devices, solo travel lets you deeply think on your relationships, personality strengths, weaknesses and goals.
It will make you more appreciative of your loved ones
Weeks and months away from friends, family and boyfriend or husband will make you realize how valuable these people are in your life. You’ll badly miss them, but you’ll come back a better and more affectionate woman who will strive to build a stronger bond with her loved ones. As the saying goes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.
It’s a step outside your comfort zone
To be honest, traveling solo is a big challenge that will literally push you outside your comfort zone. Taking a step outside your comfort zone is not a bad thing, though, and is in fact one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Traveling solo not only enhances your life and well-being, but it also creates a sense of excitement as well as offers you a chance to see the world from a different point of view.
Indulge without judgment or guilt
Ever wanted to eat an entire box of pizza? Most of us have that health-conscious friend who’ll subsequently lecture you on the benefits of having a gluten-free diet. Likewise, some of us have a friend who talks behind our back, whenever we do something crazy or wrong. But when you travel solo, you’ll get to eat anything you want and do everything you want to do, without the prying eyes of your judgmental friends.
It boosts your confidence
Do you have low self-esteem? Solo travel is truly an empowering endeavor that will take your confidence into a whole new level. Once you’ve survived a solo trip, you will feel like you can pass by any obstacle, and do anything that you want. After all, you’ve planned a getaway, and faced every challenge that came your way, with minimal help from other folks.
It will help break the stigma
Despite all the accomplishments and breakthroughs that females have made in the past century, solo travel is still regarded as something of a taboo act for women to engage in. Whether it’s a question of safety or social conventions, the concern for girls travel solo is substantially greater than that of men. But the truth is, traveling solo, as a girl, is just as safe as going on a trip with a group of friends or a partner, as long as you take the necessary precautions. Nonetheless, traveling solo, as a young lady, will help break this stigma.
Solo travel will make you more resilient and adaptable
Missed flights, cancelled rides, changed travel plans, unhealthy street food and wrong turns are practically inescapable when on you’re on the road on your own. But, guess what? These challenges and obstacles will only make a female solo traveler more resilient and adaptable. After grappling all through the hiccups of a solo travel getaway, you will be capable of bouncing from any tough test that life gives you.
It lets you work on your bucket list
Want to see the awe-inspiring sacred sites in Asia? Ever daydreamed of going on a skydiving trip in Dubai? As a solo traveler, you will have the freedom to do all the crazy, adventurous and surreal things that you want to experience on your bucket list, without having to convince someone else to join you.
It’s a drama-free trip
Don’t want to travel with a drama queen? A solo adventure means you won’t be traveling with someone who can ruin your mood and stir up drama. You won’t have to fight over small things, such as restaurant assignments and airplane seats. Instead, you’ll have a drama-free getaway that is purely relaxing and fun.
You’re the boss
Want to spend the entire day in the spa? Planning on going a shopping spree in Paris? When you’re traveling solo, you will have absolute control of each aspect and phase of your trip. You are free to make travel plans, and abandon them, without having to consider the preferences and interests of other people. What’s more, you are free to accept any spontaneous and last-minute offers because you do not have a travel partner to answer to.
Think you’re ready to travel solo? Open your travel planning app now, and experience the charms, eccentricities and beauty of the world as a super cool solo traveling chica!
Jason Biondo is a fitness buff and a travel junkie who loves to share insightful tips to his fellow health enthusiasts and travelers. He is also a User Interface Developer Consultant and the founder of Trekeffect. You can follow Jason’s write ups and pictures on his Facebook page.