Oftentimes, we put off certain activities that we assume would be better suited if we went with someone else. Whether that is a friend or a significant other, there is something about sharing the experience that does make it special. But that does not mean that traveling solo is out of the question. In fact, it can be a rewarding experience in itself whether you are ‘partnered’ or not.
Perhaps you do have a significant other but you don’t share the same interests about traveling; perhaps you prefer to golf while they prefer to hike. There is no reason why one of you has to sacrifice those interests for the other one.
If you are about to embark on your first solo trip, consider joining a travel group. While that may seem counter-indicative, it might help ease you into the idea. Do be aware that some travel groups charge a ‘single supplement’ fee if you want to ensure a private room. If you’re willing to be paired up with another solo traveler, you can probably avoid that fee.
True solo travel is the ultimate in self-indulgence but in a good way. You can eat what and when you want, you can go see and do what you want, and you don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else or spending your time making sure that your travel partner is having a good time.
One of your main concerns might be safety and security. Just make sure to take care of yourself even as you’re having fun. Be aware of your surroundings; stay to public well-lit places during the evenings; do not tip off most people that you are traveling alone.
One of the benefits of traveling is the new experiences, and traveling solo can be one of them!