It might seem scary if you have never done it before, but traveling alone is something that should be on every woman’s to-do list. Safety is the first thing that comes to every woman’s mind, but there are a lot of places that are perfectly safe for solo women travelers. In fact, Pinterest data shows an increasing trend of solo women travelers in the age group of 18-34.
So if you are among those who still haven’t traveled alone to a new place, here are reasons that tell you why you should take the plunge:
You make friends out of complete strangers
If you are an extrovert, you will have no problems in talking to people you have just met. However, when you are all alone, it can be a completely new experience as you have extended conversations with people to learn something about the place or its culture, which is far different from simply asking for directions. And if you are an introvert, traveling alone can teach you to deal with awkward greetings and connect to strangers on a personal level, thus giving you a very rewarding and enriching experience. You might even be invited to someone’s home for a meal, giving you some of your best travel memories.
You’ll try out things you would have never done otherwise
As you meet new people on your travels, you will see that they take spontaneous risks such as bungee jumping or eating things you would have never eaten at home. When you spend time with such backpackers, you too will find yourself trying out a host of new experiences. Imagine the number of interesting stories you will be taking back with you at the end of your trip.
You are the master of your schedule
This just might be reason enough to travel solo—no missing out on beautiful sunrises because your partner was too lazy or only finding activities that the entire group agrees to. Since you are all on your own, you can chose to do whatever you want, and whenever you feel like. So whether you want to spend the entire weekend reading on a hammock or visit ten art galleries on a single day— there’s no one stopping you.
You can stay within your budget
Money is the one thing that keeps most people from traveling, as in a group you are forced to share all the expenses, whether you like it or not. Even if you are traveling with your spouse, there can always be disagreements on how much to spend and on what. Traveling solo means you can plan your trip the way you can afford it. You can even chose to spend more on one part of the trip and then opt for a low-budget accommodation for the other part. Whatever you decide, you can stick to the plan with no worries of overspending because the people around you wanted something else. When you are on your own, you are the boss of your finances and so make no compromises on what you want or do not want.
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