If you haven’t traveled solo before, when you do you will quickly come to realize the independence you have when you take a trip by yourself – no matter how long it is. Those things that seem scary at first (I need to sit at a café all by myself?!) will soon turn into your favorite parts of the trip. You will have the freedom to decide where to walk, what historic site to see next, what food you want to indulge in (street food or nice dinner?) without all the hassle of talking to someone else about it. Making all the decisions can seem daunting, but it will eventually feel extremely liberating.
When you are with a group, you don’t normally look around to see the other lonely people in the room. Hey, it’s ok. You’re having fun! But when you are finally sitting by yourself at dinner, you may think you look pathetic, but you will see how many other people are doing it too. Traveling solo often opens up a world of invitations into groups of friends, or with other solo travelers on the same route as you. You might even find a group to travel with for the rest of your trip! I see this happen all the time, and you never know who you will meet along the way. It forces you to look up, smile, say hi, and get to know different people around you.
You may get special treatment
When it is only you, you often get that last seat on the overcrowded bus, or cool little table right next to the exposed kitchen at a trendy restaurant. Being alone means they only have to squeeze in one person, which is normally pretty easy. If a group or tour is overbooked, always mention that it’s just you. You’d be surprised how often they can fit you in. Special treatment is ok. You are traveling alone, so you deserve it!
You’ll see things differently
Also see meeting new people is easier for an example of this. You will start to notice a lot of things, like other solo travelers, as well as different sites and shops you wouldn’t have noticed before. You even begin to see yourself a little differently. And that, my friend, is the best part.
Living the moment