From the emails and comments I’ve gotten from you all over the past couple years, I’ve gathered that many of you assume I’m “a solo female traveler,” but actually, I didn’t start to travel solo until just last year. The idea of traveling solo has always intrigued me – in my mind I could see myself being one of those “brave female adventurers” that I saw popping up in my Instagram feed, but the opportunity for solo travel never presented itself. For many, solo travel starts out of necessity, but for me it was deliberate and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Why You Should Give Traveling Solo a Try:

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Solo travel is the easiest to plan.

It’s a lot easier to tackle that dream trip when it’s just you. There’s no coordination of anyone else’s work schedule or flight pattern.  You can go wherever you want, whenever you want. This realization alone is pretty freeing!  The world is filled with possibilities for you to explore.Vantage-Africa-2

You get to be selfish.

I’m not suggesting you refuse to check in with your loved ones or forget to bring back that souvenir they’ve been asking for, but solo travel gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself… it’s the best kind of selfishness that everyone should indulge in every so often. You get to pick and plan the trip based on your own interests – there’s no compromising with travel companions. You get to spend your precious vacation time doing exactly what interests you. 

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You’ll find it relaxing.

I’ve always loved traveling with my girlfriends, but traveling with others means you have to compromise on every detail of your trip. You will plan when you wake up, where you eat and what you see and do, depending on your travel companions. For me, these compromises rarely seem like a chore when traveling with good friends, but I didn’t realize how it felt to travel without checking in on the well-being of my companions until I traveled solo for the first time. “Is she having fun too? Does she like the itinerary I planned? Is she tired and wanting to go back to the hotel?”  These questions, although seemingly trite, add up to a certain amount of stress. When you travel alone, your entire vacation is “you” time. Since this rarely happens in real life, you’ll probably find yourself shocked at how relaxing you find solo travel.

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You won’t be lonely.

I was worried whether I would be lonely traveling alone. I wondered if I would find myself back in my hotel room early every night because I was bored and missed my travel companions. I wondered whether I would sit in the corner with no one to talk to. Nope. This wasn’t the case…at all. You’ll be shocked how easy it is to strike up a conversation with the stranger sitting next to you or the bartender preparing your drink.

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You’ll feel empowered.

Before I set off on my first solo adventure, I wondered whether I would struggle at “it.”  The “it” being the logistical part of traveling alone. Would I get lost in a foreign city where no one speaks English? Would I get a flat tire and struggle changing it on my own? Would I get ripped off because I was a petite blond girl traveling alone without a “big strong man” accompanying me? Again, my worst fears were never realized. Have I gotten lost a time or two? Sure. Did I experience small hiccups while traveling alone? Of course. Were there times I needed to be cautious? Certainly – just like when traveling with others. None of these factors drastically changed when I traveled solo versus with a companion. Nonetheless, I was proud of myself for trying something new… something I had previously found myself slightly intimidated of… I felt empowered. It was a strange and unexpected feeling. You’ll feel like you can take on the world and accomplish anything… just like one of those “brave female adventurers” you see in your social media feed.

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I truly believe that all travelers should take at least one trip alone to experience solo travel – you may find that you’re hooked just like I am! If you find yourself concerned about logistics, safety or meeting other people, booking a trip with a group travel company like Vantage Deluxe World Travel may be a great choice for you. The company offers a ton of options for your first solo adventure – You can float down the Rhine River spotting castles along the way, head out on a safari in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia or explore South America seeing Wonders of the World and checking UNESCO World Heritage Sites off your bucket list.

Need more inspiration?  Check out 111 Tips for Solo Female Travelers or browse your solo travel options here. You can also sign up to win a free deluxe river cruise from Vantage Deluxe World Travel here.

Are you inspired to give solo travel a try?  Where would you like to go?

This post was sponsored by Vantage Deluxe World Travel, but all opinions and experiences are my own. 

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