Perks Of Travelling Solo

“The man who goes out alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” There is a misunderstanding of travelling solo. People may think that it’s too boring or lonely. Travelling alone is the best gift you can get. It gives you the capacity to be independent. There are many advantages to travelling alone.


When you travel solo you are not bounded between plans and trips that has others into consideration. Wandering alone gives you the freedom of travelling selfishly. You can explore what interests you. Which means that you don’t have to be worried if your company will enjoy the trip or not. It gives you the freedom to have a self- centered trip that will benefit you, and derive sheer happiness out of it. 


When a traveller travels alone, he or she gets better acquainted with themselves. Because the whole trip is solely based on you choices. You will start establishing your likes and dislikes are. You will understand what you are capable of as a traveller as well as a person. Because you’re whole concentration through your trip, is you. Travelling solo is a quest of finding yourself.


When you make trips alone, you are not exactly alone. For so many reasons you start communicating with the locals. Get to know their stories, their way of life. You can meet the most interesting people when you travel solo. They are part of the memories you keep which and stays with you forever. A lone traveller is gifted with new born friendships. 


When travelling with company, one is always conscious about maintaining basic ethics. There are formalities that are involved only to be socially accepted in that group. You are restricted from doing something you like or want only because there is a fear of being judged and disapproved by the company you are travelling with. 


Early morning wakeup call and night before you were partying hard. There is massive hangover and the clan wants to go visit a place you have no interest in. This can just ruin your entire day. Starting from the fact that you woke with not only a head ache but also a foul mood. That’s just not the right spirit to travel in. But, if you are satisfying your wanderlust alone, timings can be flexible and adjusted to your comfort. You don’t have to wait for someone and neither does that someone needs to wait for you. 


You make a trip with your family or friends, then domestic drama is inevitable, unless you create the drama. There will be “discussions”, arguments, fights and melodrama on where to go and what to do. In the end, there will be some in a bitter mood because they didn’t get what they wanted, and there will be someone jumping with joy (which frankly won’t last long, taking into consideration the companion’s mood). This is what you will gladly miss while travelling solo. A whole trip with no drama sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Travelling alone is the single most beautiful gift you can give yourself. Because travelling solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover how capable you are. Wandering and exploring on your own helps you gain confidence, it makes you street smart. You learn more and better when you’re alone, there are no distractions. There are no restrictions, this reflects on the kind of experience you create. But one thing about wandering solo is that you gain a whole new sense of responsibility. There is more self-awareness in you. You understand what’s good and bad, and act accordingly. So, there is no harm in being a solivagant, a lone wonderer. 

- Vrishti Nadkarni