Why You Should Travel Alone at Least Once

If you’ve seen me at some point in the last month, there’s a really great chance that I’ve mentioned that I was going to Florida after my graduation/ birthday. This inevitably led to the usual questions: who are you going with? Is there someone you’re visiting or meeting? No and no.

I booked a vacation to Fort Lauderdale. By myself. No one came with me. I didn’t see anyone I knew (except for a random classmate from high school that happened to board the same flight as me).

Here’s 6 reasons why you should travel alone at least once in your life!

  • Because it scares you a little.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t panic a little bit the day before I left for the airport. Not the usual “did i forget anything” panic. But the kind where I almost regretted the trip that had yet to happen. And that right there was why I knew I wanted to do this.

  • Because it forces you to be decisive.

Ask any of my friends how decisive I am. First, they’ll probably laugh in your face, then they’ll say I can’t make a simple decision to save my life. Traveling alone forced me to make decisions, otherwise nothing would happen. Did I want to go out? Get something to eat? Go to the beach? The only person I had to factor into these decisions was me!

  • Because it’ll help you face your (irrational) fears.

I am irrationally paranoid/ convinced that the world is constantly judging me. Maybe some people are, but when you think about it, no one really cares! I went to coffee shops, Flamingo Gardens, the spa, the pool & beach, and restaurants— all by myself!!! People very well could have been judging me as they saw me alone, but I was having too much fun to really think about it, or care.

  • Being alone and feeling lonely are two completely different things.

Learning how to spend quality time by myself is a huge factor in my own self-worth, and solo travel forced me to do just that. I knew the whole weekend that I wasn’t staring at a wall, lonely, with nothing to do. I was simply by myself, doing things I enjoyed.

  • Because there’s no time like the present.

I’m lucky that at the age of 25, I have very few factors in my life that would prevent me from picking up and traveling whenever I want. I don’t want to feel like I missed an opportunity to do something, and then regret it later. Which brings me to my last point.

  • Because you’ll never regret it.

There is no long explanation for this. I know that I’ll never think back on this weekend and say “I wish I didn’t go on that trip.”

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