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Why You Should Travel Alone

Just you and the open road—is there anything better? Personal growth and learning opportunities are some of the biggest reasons why you should travel alone.

Traveling alone is a whirlwind adventure that everyone should experience in their lifetime. Traveling with friends and family has become the norm for decades, posing the question: Why would I want to travel alone? Traveling alone is an experience that can cultivate immense growth, opportunity, and learning. Cultural immersion, increased creativity, improved confidence, self-discovery, building new connections, and freedom are just a few of the life-changing by-products of traveling alone.

Western backpacker woman exploring India
Western backpacker woman exploring India

Cultural Immersion 

Cultural immersion is one of the most prominent reasons why you should travel alone. Without the comfort of familiar faces and places, our awareness of our surroundings increases. Focusing on the culture surrounding you can be an eye-opening experience that will create long-lasting new viewpoints on life and provide a deeper understanding of cultures you weren’t aware of before.

Increased Creativity 

Traveling alone can force creative problem-solving. Maybe it’s something as simple as finding a way to take a selfie that shows off the scenery or finding a way to communicate your need for directions in a foreign language. Once again, traveling alone pushes us out of our comfort zone to learn new skills.

Improved Confidence 

The thought of traveling alone can often be unsettling. Being in a foreign location with only yourself to rely on can seem like an impossible task for anyone who thrives off companionship. However, by the end of your solo trip, you will be feeling confident and

Young woman solo trip travel sightseeing
Young woman solo trip travel sightseeing

empowered by your ability to conquer such a feat alone. A successful trip may even inspire the confidence to tackle other daunting areas of your life.


Much like a boost in confidence, traveling alone will give you time for self-discovery. It forces you to make all the decisions—and then reflect on those decisions. There are also plenty of solitary moments to reflect on the bigger picture of your life.

Solo Traveller Adventure Man Standing at Beautiful Alpine Lake
Solo Traveller Adventure Man Standing at Beautiful Alpine Lake . Happiness and Well Being Concept.

The Ultimate Freedom 

Solo vacations create the ultimate experience of freedom that is hard to replicate anywhere else. Not only do you get a break from the responsibilities back home, such as jobs and personal commitments, but you are also free to do whatever you feel. Group vacations require everyone to rely on one another for a smooth trip. By traveling alone, you get to control the when, where, and why of every aspect of the trip, allowing you a sense of freedom unlike any other. 

New Connections 

Taking a trip alone does not have to be a solo venture for the entire trip. Visiting a new destination by yourself can be the extra push you need to meet new people. Chatting with locals or joining other tourists can create new friendships and learning experiences for all. 

These are some of the most prominent reasons why you should travel alone. Whether it’s a road trip to a location a few hours away or a cross-country excursion, solo travel can bring many positive changes to your life. Pack your bags, brush up on your road trip safety tips or country-specific travel guides, and prepare for the growth and new experiences to come.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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