Venturing to foreign climes by yourself can be a daunting prospect for even the most worldly of globetrotters.
Yet the experience of solitude in a far flung corner of some remote paradise, or in the heart of a bustling metropolis can lead to unforgettable moments.
Life’s too short to find the perfect travel buddy, especially when, all along, it was you.
Here are 13 reasons why I choose to travel alone.
1. It’s easier
This might seem a bit of a cop-out, but it’s true.
If you have only yourself to please, you immediately eradicate the pitfalls of a travelling companion.
2. It’s more fun
You have absolute freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it. What’s not like?
3. It forces you to be brave
A travelling companion is an instant bank of excuses for not trying something that might make you wince a little, but is an entirely worthwhile experience.
4. It brings out your curiosity
Without having another voice there imposing their opinion upon you, you’re more likely to give new things a try.
5. Your stories are your own
Only you know what really happened on that hazy night of hedonism in Bangkok…
6. You make new friends
You’ll find yourself drawn to other lone travellers, trading stories over pints of the local brew in an underground candle-lit cavern or discussing the meaning of life perched on a rocky outcrop, under a blanket of stars.
Definitely wouldn’t have happened if you’d dragged that friend along.
7. There’s no awkwardness over money
You won’t have to hound Dave for the dollar you loaned him so he could buy a novelty peep show pen of the Statue of Liberty.
8. You have only yourself to rely upon
This means that you have to hone those skills you need to be a savvy explorer, and that can only be a good thing.
9. You don’t have to share a bed
Sleeping space is scarce enough when you’re travelling on a budget.
10. It’s one less thing to lose
Friends are great, but they can get you into trouble – especially when they go walkabout.
It’s never fun having to contact the local embassy to explain how a night of indulging in local delicacies got a little out of hand.
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