There are a lot of advantages to traveling with a spouse, friends or a group. There is always someone to talk too , especially when you are in a foreign country and don’t speak the language . Someone to take pictures with, someone to dine with someone to just share the whole experience . But what are the pros of traveling alone ?
If you have ever taken solo trips your friends or coworkers may look at you like you are strange.
“Why would you want to go solo” ?
Well maybe you don’t have a choice. Maybe you are the only person you know who wants to go see your particular destination, or stay in hostels to save money to see more countries . Whatever your reason for going solo , you have made the choice and are wondering if you by yourself has an advantage.
You will still do the usual details of booking your flights , train, hotels or play it by ear and go day by day. Your on your own , it’s your choice. I tend to think that traveling by yourself may “force” you into more awkward social situations than you are comfortable with and that is a good thing. Put yourself out there and meet new people . Over the last five years I have meet more strangers across Europe in bars and restaurants than I meet when I am at home . Why? You are at a different comfort level . Put down your iPhone a bit , stop texting and engage in some non-social media for a while . Clink a beer stein with someone you don’t know in Germany. Enjoy the company of others . You may be surprised that you can communicate better than you think with people of a different language . You are in there country and you want to be. Most people recognize this and are happy to talk about their country or city . To tell you some history , what to see and where to eat or drink. Be respectful and open minded along your trek and you most likely will find friendly people everywhere you go . Smile…… a lot.