The Benefits of Independent Travel
Travelling on your own can be a daunting concept – especially if you aren’t used to spending much time by yourself.
However, there are times in your life when for whatever reason, whether that be financially or logistically, there is no one else to go travelling with – and that’s perfectly okay. That doesn’t mean you can no longer go travelling. In fact, here at Tour With Locals, we like to think that’s even better.
There are a plethora of different reasons as to why independent travelling is arguably better than always travelling with someone else. For example:
You can do what you want when you want
There is no negotiating on where to go when, whether or not you want to do a certain activity, or what time you need to get up in the morning. You make your own itinerary. What’s better than catering to someone else’s every need? Listening to your gut, and catering to your own.
You are forced out of your comfort zone
When you’re solo travelling, you don’t have anyone else to rely on. If you want to survive, you have to talk to strangers, ask locals for directions, or rock on up to a random person at the hostel you’re staying at to introduce yourself. These forced interactions, while scary to begin with, create connections, experiences, and serendipitous moments that you never would have had, had you been travelling with someone else.
Sense of accomplishment
Travelling by yourself creates a sense of pride and accomplishment like no other. Left your passport on a train? Wallet stolen? Everything written in a foreign language? Want to go on a day trip to an island, but unsure how to go about it? You only have yourself to rely on, and when push comes to shove, you are always so much more capable than you would ever have given yourself credit for.
What are you waiting for? Head to another place, explore it on your own, and see the magic that is independent travel. You’ll never want to travel with someone else again!