Why You Should Solo Travel At Least Once

Have you ever considered traveling alone? The idea of going on a solo trip might seem daunting, but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

In 2015, I solo traveled to New York City after spending a summer with friends in San Diego on a J1 visa. Here are just a few reasons why everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime.

Freedom and Flexibility

One of the biggest advantages of solo travel is the freedom and flexibility it offers. When you’re traveling alone, you don’t have to worry about coordinating schedules or compromising on activities. You can go wherever you want, do whatever you want, and stay for as long as you want. This sense of freedom can be incredibly liberating and empowering.

Personal Growth and Self-Discovery

Solo travel can also be an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery. When you’re alone, you have the chance to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. You might discover skills or interests you never knew you had. Additionally, solo travel can help you learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of.

I stayed in a hostel and met great people from there who I ended up hanging out with on a few occasions. Doing group activities and events through the hostel meant I wasn’t truly alone but pushed me out of my comfort zone to meet people.

Mindfulness and Connection

Another benefit of solo travel is the opportunity to be more mindful and present in the moment. When you’re alone, you don’t have to worry about the distractions or obligations of everyday life. You can focus on experiencing the world around you and connecting with the people you meet along the way.

Overcoming Fears and Challenges

Of course, solo travel can also be scary and challenging at times. It can be difficult to navigate unfamiliar places or interact with people who speak a different language. However, facing these challenges can help you build confidence and resilience. It can also be incredibly rewarding to overcome your fears and accomplish something on your own.

In terms of staying safe, check in with your family and friends regularly and ensure that they know your schedule. This helps put their minds at ease and give you peace of mind as well.


In conclusion, solo travel can be an incredible experience that offers freedom, personal growth, mindfulness, and connection. It’s not always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding to step outside your comfort zone and explore the world on your own. If you’re considering a solo trip, start small and be prepared to face some challenges along the way. Who knows? You might just discover a newfound sense of confidence and self-discovery.


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