Traveling Solo: Why Women Should Travel Alone More Often
by Joan "Jones" Kissler
Traveling the world is probably the one thing that’s on every person’s bucket list. But for some people, traveling isn’t just about going on vacation, taking a business trip, or spending loads of money on an international shopping spree. For people with genuine wanderlust, it’s simply a way of life. These people travel based on their desire not only to unwind and relax but also to explore new and fascinating places, to meet new people, to experience different cultures, and most of all, to learn more about themselves.
The draw of unbridled adventure and self-discovery is particularly strong for the younger generation, which is why more and more millennials are opting to travel alone.
But for some women, it is still a scary and foreign concept. There are still some legitimate fears and concerns related to traveling alone, particularly when you are a woman. We’ve all seen “Taken,” right?
But then again, when you’re a woman, danger is never too far away. We all have to worry about our safety wherever we go, whether it’s at home, at work, at a party, or in a foreign country. So why should we let those fears stop us from seizing an opportunity for adventure?
Women are becoming increasingly empowered to step out of their comfort zones every day. What better way to step out of your comfort zone than to set off into the world on your own?
Why Travel Solo?
There are quite a few benefits to traveling alone. It’s an empowering feeling that all women should experience at least once in their lives. In some ways, it can actually be a more desirable (and more practical) alternative to traveling with friends. You get to choose where you want to go. You can choose to eat where you want to eat. You get to enjoy the sights and experience the culture at your own pace.
Essentially, you can do whatever you want and no one can say or do anything about it.
But apart from those points, here are a few other benefits to traveling solo:
You will learn more about yourself.
When you travel alone, you become forced to let go of your fears, insecurities, and weaknesses. Traveling with a group of friends or family members is like having a security blanket—and when you shed that sense of security, it can bring out a version of you that you never knew existed. It will force you to be independent, resourceful, and fearless.
You will become more confident.
Every time you overcome a challenge or face your fears, you will naturally feel more confident about yourself. Lacking confidence usually stems from a multitude of insecurities. It stems from not believing in yourself enough. If you didn’t already know that you were a strong, capable, and confident woman before going off on your solo adventure, you will certainly know it once you find yourself surviving and thriving despite having no one around to help you.
You will learn to enjoy being alone.
It’s rare for a person, even someone who falls more on the introvert side of the spectrum, to relish being alone for extended periods. To some people, being alone is such a terrifying concept that they wouldn’t even allow themselves to be caught eating lunch alone at a restaurant. This fear of being alone stems from being judged by others for not having any friends, or from the assumption that you simply can’t be happy when you’re by yourself.
Traveling alone is the first step in conquering this fear. And once you’ve placed yourself in a situation where you have absolutely no choice but to be alone, you will realize that being alone doesn’t mean being lonely—and you will inevitably learn to enjoy your own company.
You will meet friends from all over the world.
When you’re alone, you become more open to talking and socializing with strangers. Oftentimes, you may even end up meeting other solo travelers. You can even make friends with locals!
Meeting people from different parts of the world is a truly enriching experience, and if you happen to meet fellow travelers who share your passion for adventure, it can very well lead to lifelong friendships.
Traveling solo means there will be no distractions.
You won’t have to please anyone. You won’t have to be considerate of anyone’s time or preferences. Every place you visit, every experience you try, and pretty much everything you do will be decided by you—and you alone.
When you travel alone, you get to decide your own adventure.