11 benefits of solo travel

These days, an increasing number of modern explorers are taking vacations by themselves. As the solo travel movement goes from strength to strength, we are highlighting some of the positive aspects of taking a trip on your own. Here is our look at the benefits of solo travel.
Norway's Trolltunga, one of the countless places you can fully appreciate when you travel solo. Photo: Shutterstock
Norway's Trolltunga, one of the countless places you can fully appreciate when you travel solo. Photo: Shutterstock

Last updated: 27 March 2023

There's nothing quite like discovering a new place on your own – taking it all in without anyone but yourself. Anyone who's done it can tell you that the benefits of solo travel are endless. Still, that's not stopping us from highlighting 11 of the most compelling perks of traveling alone. 

The information in this article is inspired by the Inside Guides books, your essential guide for visiting the world.

1. Benefits of solo travel begin with getting what you've always wanted

Traveling with others means making plans with others. Checking out local landmarks, museums, restaurants, and attractions can be challenging when each traveler has something different in mind for their dream trip. 

But one huge benefit of solo travel is being able to spend each day any way you like. Fancy spending six hours in a single museum? Keen to trek for miles in chilly conditions? Go right ahead. 

2. You meet interesting people

When you travel with others, you typically stick together. In other words, you're less likely to wander away from your group. But traveling alone brings something truly valuable to the table – you'll be more likely to chat with locals, meet new friends and generally be more sociable. 

When traveling alone, you might want to consider taking a guided tour for at least some of your days. This is a fantastic way to meet the local population.

3. You'll probably improve your language skills

What better way to learn a new language than to throw yourself in head first? Full immersion in a foreign culture (and tongue) is possibly the best way to dismantle the language barrier. 

When traveling with others, you're more likely to rely on them for help with translating. And, let's face it, chances are high that you'll communicate with one another in your native language. When you're alone, on the other hand, you're forced to constantly practice the new language.

4. You come to know yourself more intimately

These days, we're constantly bombarded by stimulation – relentless connectivity to others, as well as the internet. Rarely do we get the chance to sit with ourselves and simply be. 

Solo travel provides the opportunity to do just that. Being on your own in new places serves as a permission slip to slow down, without the distractions you'd feel buzzing around you when traveling with companions. Being alone, and truly embracing it, is a wonderful part of solo travel.

5. You can rest without feeling guilty

Feeling wiped out from a long flight? Or from exploring new cities on foot? Let's face it, there's only so much running around you can really do. But when you're traveling with friends, the pressure to keep going can be intense. 

When traveling alone, on the other hand, you can head back to your room for a guilt-free mid-afternoon nap.

Travelling alone can provide the restful break you really need.

A restful break you really need is one of the benefits of solo travel. Photo: Darkydoors/Shutterstock

6. Solo travel lets you step outside your comfort zone

When traveling with friends, you often troubleshoot travel hiccups together. Can't find your way around? The solution usually comes by talking it over. 

Taking a trip on your own means you have to get out of any tricky trip situations by yourself, which can help with problem-solving, dealing with pressure, and developing self-confidence. And if you're on a tailor-made trip, you know you always have a 24/7 emergency number at hand to connect you with someone in the country.

7. You'll have the time and inspiration to work on creative projects

Been dying to delve into a creative project? Whether it's writing poetry, developing a new business plan, or playing the guitar, traveling alone provides the opportunity – and inspiration – to tap into these desires. When you're untethered to the demands of others you'll probably find it easier to nurture your creativity.

8. Solo travel might make you happier in the long term

Research suggests that traveling has the potential to increase our overall happiness. Solo travel can promote personal growth, self-discovery, and the development of independence and resilience. By providing a break from routine, solo travel allows for adventure, introspection, and reflection, leading to a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment in life. 

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Solo travel can help you develop new skills.

Solo travel can help you develop new skills. Photo: Daxiao Productions/Shutterstock

9. You can devour as many books as you want

Two major perks of escaping day-to-day life while on vacation include sleeping in and reading as much as you like. But when you're traveling with others, you're usually nudged to put your book down and come back to the group. 

Solo travel allows you to read to your heart's content. Our Insight Guides Guidebooks make excellent travel partners. Don't overlook these books if you're seeking inspiration for your next big adventure. 

10. It'll give your confidence a boost

There is something to be said for heading out into the world on your own with no social safety net, so to speak. Forging a path in solitude and making your way through unknown terrain can do wonders for your self-confidence and personal authenticity.

11. It can help your problem-solving and decision-making

Solo travel can help you to channel your courage, especially during times of personal growth and change. It can help you to clear your mind, creating some much-needed space to mull over major life decisions that you may need to make.

Ready to head off on your next solo adventure?

Our local travel experts can plan wonderful solo trips for you. Simply get in touch to let us know your ideas for the trip and when you would like to travel. We will then create a personalized itinerary especially, which you can amend until you are totally happy with every detail before booking. Browse our existing itineraries for inspiration, and keep in mind that all of our planned itineraries can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Updated 24 March, 2020