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5 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once

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One of the best things about being an adult is that you get to plan out your own vacations and getaways. Oftentimes, when it comes time to taking a trip, people tend to travel with friends and family because they know they can have a great time, but also because it is within their comfort zone to be with people they know and not really branch off on their own. Whether you are heading to Florida for a few days of fun in the sun, or planning a month-long European backpacking trip, it is very likely that you will have fun and enjoy your time away.

While it can be exciting to get out of town with a few friends or the family, just once, people should travel alone and enjoy the many benefits of being on their own for a few days, weeks, or months.

 

1. You have the freedom to do whatever you want.

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Anyone who has traveled with a large group of people, or even one other person, knows how frustrating it can be to have to take into consideration what other people are interested in doing while on vacation. Traveling with other people increases the possibility of you missing out on doing the things you really want to do because you have to do something you aren't necessarily thrilled about. Traveling alone eliminates the need to stop and discuss with anyone else where you want to go and what you want to see during your trip. You can basically wake up every day knowing that you could do nothing, but that you also have the option to do what you want and not have to consult anyone else.

2. You can make your own schedule.

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Traveling in groups often requires planning and itineraries to be made so everyone can see and do what they want while away. Planning is always a great idea when traveling to an area you have never been to before, but it can also take away from the trip when you have to schedule in when it is you will have fun. When you are by yourself, you can follow your own schedule, which is great if you aren't really sure what days or times you want to do things.

3. You will get to know yourself better.

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Traveling alone will allow you to test your boundaries and discover more about yourself. What are you afraid of the most? Are you really as adventurous as you think? What type of people are you most comfortable around? When you are at home, of course you may feel as though you know yourself very well, but when traveling, you will learn who you really are and become more self-aware. It never hurt anyone to have a better understanding of the person they are and the things they like and dislike.

4. It removes social inhibitions and increases your chances of making new friends.

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Friends and family can be treated as a security blanket when you are traveling with them. Because you have them to talk to, there is really no need to speak to anyone else, including fellow travelers or even natives of the area you visit. Without friends or family, it is almost necessary that you communicate with the various people you are bound to encounter. Those who are shy can benefit from this because they will basically be forced out of their comfort zone and have to get over their fear of talking to people they don't know. It should also be noted that when people are in groups, they may seem less approachable than what they would be when they are alone.

5. It increases your travel skills.

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However you choose to navigate the country, city, or area you are visiting is up to you, but the point is you have to make the decision and figure things out for yourself. When in a group, large or small, it is far too easy to allow someone else to take control and lead everyone to the destination. Should you take a trip by yourself, you will be responsible for making sure you get to where you need to go. You'll be more likely to pay attention to your surroundings and be more observant of the people and culture you’ll have decided to immerse yourself in.

When first considering traveling alone, people may be reluctant to move forward with making concrete plans out of fear. Not everyone likes to be alone, but traveling by yourself will give you an experience that you cannot get if you are with anyone else. Fear may be a powerful thing, and can stop you from doing a lot of things in your life, but it is something that will fade as soon as you make your traveling plans and head out of town to your destination.


 

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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas

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