September 6, 2018

Musings: 5 Reasons You Should Travel Solo

Yep, another listicle type piece on why you should travel solo but as I’ve now completed my 4th solo trip, I really can’t get enough. So here are 5 reasons why I think you should travel solo. 

  1. Challenge yourself

Solo travelling is all about challenging yourself. Getting yourself around is all on you. There is no one there to hold your hand (unless you meet a sexy stranger), it really is all down to you.

Read more: Memoirs: Solo Travels in Venice
  1. Pace 

I use to think travelling was about ticking off every single landmark and point of interest with whoever you’re with just to ‘make the most of it’. But is that really travel? Do you ever really experience it if you’re just ticking it off because you have something to prove to people back home? Travel has no definition and you can choose slow travel or fast travel when you’re travelling solo. Don’t wanna see something? You don’t have to. I like to match the travel type to the destination and in a city I like to be somewhere in the middle and if it’s a beach, I like to take it slow. But the beauty of being alone means your schedule is free for you.

Read more: Memoirs: The Solo Travel Inspired Playlist
  1. Blending In

When you travel solo, you have a habit of blending in and looking more like an expat or local. This way you’re less likely to get scammed or look like the OBVIOUS tourist than when you’re in a group. 

Read more: Musings: My Take On Airport Style
  1. Compromise

When you’re in a group, it’s all about compromise, from the budget to the food to the activities. When you’re solo, the only one you have to compromise with is yourself. Wanna eat noodles all day and splash out on a Michelin starred dinner? You can! It’s all about making plans that align with yourself, your budget and your happiness. 

Read more: Musings: How To Live Bouji on a Budget
  1. For You 

Once I got in the mindset of ‘I’m going to give myself the world’, it really changed my mind on travelling. Too long I kept thinking that I needed someone to come with me, whereas now they’ve become an afterthought. Travel is my form of self care and travelling solo and experiencing the world  is all for me. If you wait around for people, you’ll be waiting forever. 

Read more: The Peaks and Pits of Planning A Group Trip

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Why do you think you should travel solo?

Char xo

All photos taken and belong to me. 

16 responses to “Musings: 5 Reasons You Should Travel Solo”

  1. Debbie says:

    Great! Another blog post on why you should solo travel 😩

    Jokeee 😂 On a more serious note, I do think the more the merrier. Everyone has a slightly different outlook and approach. Plus, even though are loads of these posts out there, yours may be the first that many people may see.

    Keep inspiring sis! 💛

  2. Megan says:

    The point about blending in is so true! People ask me for directions and in my mind I’m like ‘do I look like I’m from here??’ Lol. Also, your pics giving me cool artsy solo traveller vibes…love it!

  3. Rhianna says:

    Fab post! I used to hate doing anything alone but now I think travelling solo is SO much fun and I totally agree about compromising – count me out thanks haha

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    ! Hopefully I can take myself on my first solo trip, once I get over the cost & fear !

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    I like traveling solo for the same reasons – great post! || http://www.lorikemi.com

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    Sounds like you’re a solo travelling expert, Char! There’s certainly something very appealing about being able to do things at your own pace – what you want, when you want. You shouldn’t necessarily wait around for someone else to come with you when you can go with your three good friends me, myself and I.

  9. I love your mindset, really given me things to think about and focus on giving myself the world!

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Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.