I’ve been asked on many occasions “Kat, how do you travel on your own?, I couldn’t do it” I reply well it is very simple you just get on a plane and if no ones else joins you stay on the plane…. And yes it really is that simple. I don’t believe in waiting on anyone to experience what the world has to offer.
I’ve been to 4 countries on my own… technically 5 but that would include the Dominican Republic where the majority of my family lives, so I personally do not consider those trips to be “solo traveling.” But the other 4 I traveled solo which are London (3 times), Paris, India, and Jamaica.
Here are the reasons as to why I think it is great to travel solo
- You are not dependent on anyone to get your day started
- You are able to create your itinerary to your liking or just wing it
- No need to worry about your travel partner not being up for the adventure
- The only person who can flake on a plan is YOU
- If you want to stay in and not leave your hotel that’s completely on you
- You don’t have to worry about dragging someone around who says “ugh, I’m tired!”
- Getting in and out the of the airport is a breeze especially when traveling internationally
- If you’re really lucky and it’s an empty flight, that’s more leg room for you at no extra cost.
Granted with all that said there are a couple of things that are hard to do when you are traveling alone, having someone take a picture of you (but I guess this is where selfie stick come in handy) and someone to share the moment with. But I personally don’t let either of those two things stop me because the overall experience will definitely make-up for it.
Traveling to India alone is one the best things I’ve done, yes I was scared and worried about the type of people that would be on my tour, praying that I wasn’t the youngest out of the group. But oh the excitement that I had to explore such a country…priceless!
London was one the easiest city to travel alone in, A. because it is an English-speaking country and B. it is really easy to get around on your own using the Tube. I loved being able to stroll through the streets, stop for a cup of tea and even do a little shopping in the markets.
Out of all the places I traveled to on my own, Paris was the hardest, and No it’s not because of the French people and the language barrier. It’s because it truly is a romantic city. I personally would probably not go to Paris alone again but I have to say that I literally walked everywhere in Paris. I only used the train system to get into/ leave Paris. I know that if I was traveling with someone or a group that may not have happened. But since I literally walked everywhere I really got the chance to take in the city’s beauty.
With all this said, I 1000% say DO IT! Do not let the lack of someone’s company stop you. I have learned a lot about myself while traveling solo. I realized how daring without the “peer” pressure of someone else. I learned what my true comfort/safety zone is and when I am actually stepping out it. I’ve learned to really decide on whether or not I enjoyed something. Most of all I’ve learned to just be ok with being with myself.
Originally published at www.amaliah.co on December 31, 2015.