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6 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone Before You Die

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Whether it’s an epic spring break or a cross-country road trip with your BFFs, traveling with your friends is always a blast. But traveling alone can be even more rewarding. It’s something every girl should do at least once in her life (and hopefully even before graduation!). We’re huge fans of going out solo, so read on for the top reasons why traveling alone is amazing—with tips and tricks to make the most if you’re traveling this summer.

1. Forcing yourself to be independent is a great learning experience

We get it—being anywhere alone feels kind of awkward at first. We’ve all had those moments where we pretend to play with our phones while waiting for others and going out to dinner alone can feel extremely weird if you’re not used to it. But being alone is a great learning experience, as, let’s face it, you’re not going to live in the same apartment as your BFF for your entire life.

PRO TIP: When traveling alone, you should prepare ahead. Your bestie isn’t going to be there to lend you a spare tampon. Think ahead with Monthly Gift, a femme care subscription service that empowers women to take control of their cycle and health. The Monthly Gift App monitors your ovulation and menstrual cycle patterns, while the subscription delivers you a discreet box of customized tampons, pads and liners just in time for your period.

2. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want

Your friend wants to hit the clubs, you’re more of a monument girl. When you travel alone, you don’t have to compromise. You plan the ENTIRE itinerary—and the adventures are limitless.

PRO TIP: Pack items that are as flexible as your schedule. We’re obsessed with Brappz, the personalized multi-use accessory for any and every occasion. They can be used as bra straps, jewelry, shoelaces, hair accessories and more. You’re totally gonna be hooked!

3. You deserve a bit of me time 

After a long, tiring semester, summer is the time to treat yourself. Hit the beach for some people-watching or sunbathing, all on your watch. Relaxing alone (Put down your phone, too, for maximum relaxation) is one of the best ways to recharge.

PRO TIP: Enhance your “me time” with the cutest accessories. We don’t go anywhere without our Vera Bradley Campus Double ID, Twice As Nice Keychain, Accordion Wallet and Beach Towel —the perfect summer accessories for your solo vacay.

4. It’s easier to stick to a budget alone

From hotels to transportation, traveling isn’t always cheap. When you go alone, you can budget however you want and not let other people influence what you’re paying for.

PRO TIP: If you’re traveling on a budget or simply looking to make new friends in town, Spots is the social app you need to download. Using Spots, you can find other students who are offering their living space on demand at an affordable price. When you find a match all it takes is your request and their approval. Voila! You have a fun place to stay, that doesn’t break the bank and a new friend to experience the city with.

Download Spots today and start traveling on a whim! 

5. You’ll meet new people

When you travel with your besties, it’s too easy to stay together instead of branching out and meeting locals. Going alone will allow you to easily meet new people, and maybe even pursue a summer romance!

PRO TIP: It’s way easier to strike up conversation when you feel confident. One easy way to get there is to simply feel like your most beautiful, best self. We love Pure Silk Shave Cream because soft, smooth legs are totally confidence-boosting. Pure Silk moisturizes and nourishes your skin as you shave, and leaves your skin softer and smoother than soap and water! Also, if you’re looking for the getaway of a lifetime, Pure Silk’s Love Your Legs Sweepstakes could send you and a friend to Colorado for the Gildan Esprit de She 5K/10K, yoga and sunset concert at Red Rocks Ampitheatre! Oh yeah, and a day of pampering at Life Spa and relaxing at a fabulous resort. What are you waiting for? Enter to win!

6. You’ll become a more confident person

You may feel a little awkward at first when you’re in a new town (or country) all by yourself. But once you realize you can do it, there’s literally nothing else you can’t do. Traveling solo is crazy empowering, which is why we think all women should do it at least once.

PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself to new things when you travel alone, like hiking a mountain or speaking the local language. No matter where you’re traveling, don’t forget essentials like your CamelBak Forge® Divide, an all-terrain mug that makes it easy to drink coffee or tea one-handed. It’s the perfect on-the-go mug since you can toss it in your bag without soaking your stuff!

Are you ready to travel alone, collegiettes? Where will you go this summer?  

Katie was the former Senior Associate Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, where she studied Writing Seminars, psychology, and women's studies. Prior to joining the full-time staff, Katie was a national contributing writer and Health Editor for HC. In addition to her work with Her Campus, Katie interned at Cleveland Magazine, EMILY's List, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Katie is also an alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta. In her spare time, Katie enjoys writing poetry, hanging out with cats, eating vegan cupcakes, and advocating for women's rights. 
Maggie works on Her Campus’s experiential offerings, including College Fashion Week®, Her Conference and Her Campus Tour, as well as Survival Kits and digital and influencer programs for clients like Ulta Beauty, Primark, Almay and Bed Head by TIGI. A graduate of Boston University and proud alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta, Maggie is iced coffee obsessed, an avid Pinterest user and a lover of all things fitness and fashion. When she’s not at work, you can find her exploring Los Angeles, trying new restaurants or re-watching The O.C.