Yikes, my friend backed out! Should I go solo?
It’s surprising the number of people who discover solo travel because a friend backs out of a planned trip.
When you come to solo travel that way, you may wonder:
- Should I travel solo?
- Can I travel solo?
- Do I want to travel solo?
According to many readers of Solo Traveler and members of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook, the answer is yes and the result is often a convert to solo travel.
Should you travel solo? Yes, go!
There are many ways in which you will find your solo travel experience just as fun and rewarding as the trip you had planned with your friend. Maybe more so. You’ll
- Enjoy independence. There will be no need to compromise your schedule.
- Meet and talk to locals more because you’re not focused on a friend.
- Meet other travelers and join them for an hour, a day or more.
- Have more time to focus on your destination.
- Experience the unique opportunities presented by traveling more deeply.
- Learn how capable you are as you navigate a new country, culture and logistics yourself.
- Discover new self-confidence by doing the above.
- Realize your own true interests when the influence of others is absent.
Discover who you are when no one’s looking.
Yes, that last point is important.
At home we tend to conform to the expectations of others. Based on the standards developed over time, you likely won’t do things that your family and friends would consider weird. But how weird is it to take a painting class? Or go hiking? Or shop all day? Nothing is really odd expect what happens outside of certain constrained notions. Solo travel allows you to shed those notions and discover who you are when no one is looking.
You may also wonder
You may be convinced that traveling solo is a good idea but you may also wonder:
- Is solo travel safe? Please go to the Solo Travel Safety section of this blog.
- Where should I go as a solo traveler? Please check out the Solo Travel Destinations of the Week
- What things do I need to know to travel solo? Please see the Solo Travel Where and How page for starters.