Traveling alone isn’t for everyone, but recent data shows a 73% increase in people searching for travel alone on Google. And with over 7.3 million #solotravel on Instagram, it’s clear that this is a trend that will continue.
But what are the benefits of traveling alone besides experiencing amazing destinations? Lyme Bay Holidays, a vacation home company, worked with mental health experts Ray Sadoun and Dr. Deborah Lee to explore how solo travel can improve well-being.
From eating out alone to visiting attractions or living alone in a new place, traveling alone can be daunting, but it can have a huge impact on your self-reliance.
If you lack confidence, says Ray Sadun. “The best way to solve this problem is to make small changes to the trip without the pressure to improve overnight. For example, practice doing small things like going to the cinema alone and not worrying about what other people will think. Then take a day trip by yourself, and then take a short vacation, and you will feel confident enough to make long trips on your own.”
Traveling alone means being free to spend time with yourself and experience what you truly enjoy without compromising.
“If you travel alone, the answer is only yourself. You can do exactly what you want, when you want it. This means that you can be yourself rather than follow other people’s directions. Traveling alone helps you become truly independent.” Dr Deborah Lee of Dr Fox Pharmacy said:
acquire social skills
When it comes to socializing, it’s much easier to spend your leisure time within the confines of close family and friends. Traveling alone provides opportunities to meet new faces, hear new stories, and form new relationships.
Dr. Deborah Lee said: “Many people suffer from a lack of confidence. However, there is no other alternative when traveling alone. Reach out to others and raise your voice! Traveling alone forces you to make new personal relationships. In fact, the more you get used to it, the easier it gets, so you’ll find that your communication skills and your confidence go up dramatically!”
“Having some time for yourself can be the perfect opportunity to hone both your interpersonal skills and your self-confidence. It can also be a great excuse to travel, see new places and meet new people.” Added Ben Matthews, Lyme Bay Holidays.
Improve your decision-making skills
It’s easy to rely on others to make decisions for us, but if you’re traveling alone, all decisions are up to you. This may seem intimidating, but pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and building these skills will play an important role in improving your overall well-being.
Dr. Lee had to say. “When you travel alone, you don’t have to do anything just because it’s a group activity. You can think about yourself and what is important to you. You can re-evaluate your values and beliefs. When you travel alone, you start to make decisions for yourself about things you didn’t realize were so important in the past.”