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6 Benefits of Solo Travel

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Maine chapter.

Whether you choose to backpack solo or your friend bails out on your trip, traveling alone can seem daunting and stressful. Rather than cancelling the trip altogether, consider some benefits of solo travel. With a little common sense and perspective, it can be the best thing ever.  Here are six reasons why it can actually be better to travel alone.


1. You can do whatever you want

You are on your own schedule, so anything you want to do, you can! You don’t have to make compromises on things you want to see or do.


2. You can be very flexible with plans

Want to cancel that free walking tour you planned the day of? Want to go on a spontaneous train ride somewhere for a day? You can do whatever you feel like when you wake up!


3. It’s easier to book things for one person

Hostels, tours or bus seats are always hard to get with a  group of people all together. However it’s always likely there will be a spot for one somewhere, so its easier to plan and book things last minute. 


4. You’ll meet more people

When I traveled with groups while studying abroad, we tended to stick together at hostels and while walking around cities. It can be more intimidating for other travelers to approach a group, so it can be harder to meet fellow travelers. When I’m alone I know I’ll be able to meet a lot of other travelers at hostels! 


5. You won’t be burdened down by stuff

Maybe you pack light but your friend is a notoroius overpacker.  If you’re on your own you only have to worry about your own stuff. 


6. You’ll feel empowered and confident

Traveling alone is sure to bring a newfound sense of independence and empowerment.  After all, if you can travel alone, you can do anything! Traveling can be stressful, but once you’ve done it it really does feel like a piece of cake. I couldn’t be more excited for my solo trip post graduation! 


Chloe is a fourth-year Mass Communication major at the University of Maine. She is the Editor-in-Chief/Campus Correspondent of Her Campus UMaine. She is also contributing editor for Odyssey UMaine. Check out her blog at https://cdyer.bangordailynews.com/. She is passionate about writing, and in her free time enjoys reading, traveling and blogging.