It’s good to travel to a different country with someone who is familiar of the place. If not, it helps if you’re traveling as a group. You can figure things out while you’re there. You will also feel more secure. However, there are also some benefits in doing it solo. Sure, it’s a risk, but it pays off. Here are the benefits if you decide to travel alone to an unfamiliar territory.
You will be proud of yourself
You will go through several bumps along the way, but you can survive it. If you do, you will be proud of yourself. You researched the place and made sure it will go as smoothly as possible. You can also brag about it to your friends. Some people won’t even go dare visit another city within the same country, let alone traveling to a different country.
You can manage your time
Traveling with friends is fun. The problem is you have to consider their schedule too. You can’t be late since you have an itinerary to follow. When you’re alone, anything goes. Sure, you can make a schedule, but you’re not under pressure to follow it. If you don’t think you can pursue the plan for the day, it’s easy to tweak it.
You can go to all the places you want
When you travel with a group, you have to consider what they want. From the places to visit to the food to eat, you can’t decide based on your preference alone. You have to be more considerate. When you’re alone, you can visit all the places on your list. You have no one else to consider but yourself. It doesn’t matter if these are unpopular locations. No one will tell you to avoid them.
You will have more interactions with the locals
While you can use your phone to research information, you might also need to interact with the locals. They will help you find your way around. These interactions are meaningful and remarkable. You can even forge lifelong friendships in the process. You won’t have that opportunity when you only stick with the same people in your group.
You don’t need to spend a lot
When you travel alone, you decide where to go and what to buy based on how much you can afford. When you’re with a group, you might be forced to buy something because everyone else did. You will also eat in a fancy restaurant even if you can’t afford it anymore. Traveling with others might help lessen the cost because of potential discounts, but it can grow your expenses elsewhere.
Given these reasons, it’s time to think about traveling solo now. You might worry about this plan, but you will enjoy it. If you succeed, convince your friends to do the same. Of course, you can always plan a group adventure in the future. For now, traveling alone isn’t a bad idea. Don’t forget to prioritize your safety when planning since you will be doing everything by yourself.
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