Female solo travel is on the up and up with more and more women deciding to take that much needed break, book that wellness retreat, take that trek through the wilderness, volunteer in a third world country, experience another culture, take those cooking classes… in Spain! Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, women all over the world are doing it as a solo traveller.
Why go solo?
Speaking from my own experience and with other solo female travellers, the most common reasons that women choose to travel solo is that we don’t want to wait any longer to get out there and experience the world.
This coupled with the fact that you can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it makes it very appealing. There is no waiting around for people to meet up or trying to keep everyone happy – you can be self-indulgent and experience exactly what interests you. You can be in charge of your own schedule, doing it how you want to do it.
Your Travel Budget
As a solo traveller you can decide what you want to save on and what you want to splurge on with your travel budget. You might choose to stay at 3 star accommodation for most of your trip and then splurge on luxury accommodation at a particular destination or you may elect for luxury all the way! No negotiating here – it’s just you deciding how and where you will spend your money.
Meet New People
I have also found that travelling solo actually makes it super easy to meet people. I don’t know if it’s the fact that you are by yourself that we are more open to conversation & connection or that other travellers want to check in on you and connect. Either way – it is surprisingly easy! I have met some amazing & interesting people during my travels; and it is a great reminder that there are so many kind people in the world.
A Fresh Perspective
The confidence, the humility and the understanding that comes from experiencing different cultures is bound to give you a fresh perspective on life.
Learning the history of a place and finding out what influence a country or regions culture has on their way of life has certainly made me much more tolerant and understanding of people from all around the world. It has also taught me that deep down, the human race is connected by a general goodness and a strong desire to do good and be good. Regardless of religion, race or sex, we love being loved. A smile is a smile, in every language.
Your Journey of self-discovery
When you travel alone, not only do you have the benefit of learning new cultures, meeting new people and seeing new places, you will most likely see a new you. Whether it’s a moment of quietness during yoga practice in Ubud or after a day of getting around the bustling city of New York, each and every experience will teach you something about yourself. A number of daily decisions that must be made…. And you have to make them and live with them leaving you feeling pretty damn good about yourself.
Am I Ready to travel solo?
The fact that you’re reading this article means that you are some way down the departure gate to taking the leap of faith and trusting yourself enough to just do it – get onboard!
If you think you’re ready but still feel a little anxious about the idea, you might be better to start with a small group guided tour with a travel company that offers trips for solo travellers such as Intrepid, Soulful Escapes and G Adventures .
You could ‘test yourself’ by booking some pre- or post-tour accommodation and see how you fare for a few nights on your own. This way you know that the majority of your trip will be organised and with people yet you still get to ‘trial’ a small part of your journey as a solo traveller.
If you’ve read this article and are absolutely jumping out of your skin in joyful anticipation asking yourself “where can I go?”, then head over to Experiences and Destinations for some inspiration. You may also like to look at our ever growing list of travel companies that specialise in solo travel.
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