With the internet awash with adverts for luxury spa breaks and romantic getaways, you could be forgiven for thinking that when it comes to travelling, two is the magic number.
However, we disagree! In the interests of redressing the balance for anyone considering going it on their own, here are 10 reasons why round the world travel and being single could be a match made in heaven.
Freedom – travelling alone can be an incredibly liberating experience, having the freedom to do exactly what you want to do, when you want. If you fall in love with Sydney (or someone called Sidney!), there’s nothing and no one to stop you staying for as long as you like.
Plan your perfect trip – half the fun of travel is in the planning. No arguments, no compromises, no worrying about whether the food in India will upset your partner’s fragile constitution. Let your imagination run wild, think of all the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting, find an adventure tour and make it happen!
Making friends is easier – when travelling, you are much more approachable as a single person than as a couple. You’ll also be much more inclined to strike up conversations with people you meet along the way.
Learn another language - to really make the most of your trip away, learning a bit of the local language can really help you get to know the places you are visiting and the people who live there. Travelling alone means you’ll be much more likely to interact with the locals and pick up some language skills along the way.
No annoying habits – travelling with your other half can magnify even the smallest annoying habit. Travel alone and you won’t have to put up with any blanket stealers or snorers, nor will you have to endure arguments about who used the last of the toothpaste!
Time to reflect – you’re bound to make lots of friends along the way, but when you want to be alone, you can be. This gives you a rare opportunity to take stock of your life and think about what you want your future to hold.
Increase your confidence – travelling alone means you’ll have to make your own decisions, helping you become more confident, assertive and decisive as a result.
Greater awareness of your surroundings – travelling alone means you’re much more likely to notice things going on around you, leading to a richer and ultimately more rewarding travelling experience.
Self Discovery– one thing you can be certain of is that by the end of your travels you’ll know yourself much better than you did at the start – hopefully that will be a good thing!
Romance – having set off on your own so boldy... you still never know who you might meet along the way...
If you’re thinking about planning a trip, but aren’t sure where to start, why not have a look at some small group tours? A group tour lets you get off the beaten track and in some places where travel can be a little more risky, you have the benefit of support - and of course the potential to meet new friends. Accommodation on tours usually makes allowances for solo travellers, meaning you can keep yours costs down by sharing a room with another solo traveller of the same gender. Call us now or request a quote to start planning your trip! If you're not sure, have a look at our 10 reasons to add a group tour to your trip.
We'd love to know how you got on - what were the high points of solo travel for you? And what about the pitfalls? Add your thoughts in the comments...