29 Reasons to travel the world on your own
You might feel like the ultimate introvert taking a solo trip abroad, but exploring other cultures without a travel buddy can be a fantastic experience no matter what kind of personality you have.
For instance, if you're shy, you can discover another country quietly. A total extrovert and flirt? What an opportunity to meet people! Are you nervous about not having someone else to rely on? Well, once you explore the world as a single traveler, you will come back home with more than just happy memories -- you'll have the confidence you can get only from going it alone in a whole new place.
Our top 29 reasons for traveling alone
- You don't need to find someone else who can afford the trip or who cantake time off work.
- You can pack as little or as much into each day as you choose. No limits.
- You can sleep in. Everyday, if you want. Or go ahead and get up at the crack of down, with no worries about disturbing your roomie.
- No need to bicker over the best way to get somewhere. You're always right.
- Had enough of the museum after just an hour? No pressure to stay -- you can leave anytime.
- You'll have a chance to put those foreign language lessons you took in high school to work, because nobody else will be there to translate for you.
- You won't need to share the bathroom with a roommate. That means no waiting to use the loo, and nobody else's clutter around the sink or wet towels on the floor.
- There's no "late" or need to rush when you're not sticking to someone else's agenda.
- You won't have to deal with someone slowing you down -- whether they take forever to get dressed or walk at a snail's pace.
- No one will know if you wear the same jeans every single day.
- There will never be an argument about where to eat. It's your call every time.
- You can sit and stare at Botticelli's Primavera or the Venus de Milo or Rembrandt's self-portrait for as long as you want.
- You can enjoy the silence without having to make chit-chat with someone all the time.
- Or... you can walk around with your iPhone, iPod or MP3 player on and let the music narrate your trip.
- If something doesn't go as planned (or even turns into a downright mess), nobody else will blame you.
- Want to ditch the day's plan and just hang out watching the locals? No argument about that.
- There's always room for just one more -- in elevators, at restaurants, for a museum tour, or on the subway or bus.
- It's a lot easier for one person to blend in and look (and act) like a local. What better way to really get a feel for a country's culture?
- Nobody -- except street people -- will ask you for money, and no one will hold a grudge against you all the way home if you don't pony up.
- No need to worry about your travel buddy coming back to the hotel room with some weird guy.
- Nobody will mind if you choose to come back to your room with some hot guy.
- There won't be anyone to get all miffed if you stay out all night.
- If you end up doing something really embarrassing, no one will share that story back home.
- You can eat as much as -- or as little as -- you want (and whatever you want), and nobody's going to comment.
- You can spend hours browsing and shopping with nobody prompting you to hurry up.
- People's reactions when they find out you're planning to travel -- or are traveling -- solo will be priceless. (And they'll probably envy your chutzpah.)
- You'll have a lot of alone time to get to know yourself a little better, without any of the distractions of home.
- You will probably surprise yourself with how self-sufficient you can be when you're thousands of miles and an ocean away from home.
- When you finally get back home, you'll be really proud that you did it -- and loved it.
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- Culinary vacations: A treat for your tastebuds
- 9 reasons why you should have a passport
- Summertime fitness: Exercise on the go
- Wine country uncorked
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Have a great reason to travel solo that we missed? Please post it in the comments section!