Solo Traveling

Traveling solo has been a growing trend over the past few years and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon – it hasn’t come close to reaching it’s peak yet.

In many of the Facebook travel groups I’m a member of, this topic has come up quite a bit.  For some women, they just don’t want to wait for their friends to make a decision, or they’re tired of friends bailing out at the last minute.  For others, they love the idea of venturing out on their own.  There’s solitude in traveling alone, they can come and go as they please.  The reasons vary, but the end result is the same.  Many more people, particularly women, are making the choice to travel alone.

I’ve gone on a couple of trips by myself and have to admit there is something about traveling alone.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love traveling with my husband.  He’s the best tour guide there is and finds some of the most interesting, off-the-beaten path spots in every country/city we visit.  I also really enjoy the occasional group trip – it’s a lot of fun to catch up with old friends and make new ones while on vacation.

That said, traveling solo can be freeing.  You choose how you want to spend your time – even if it means staying in bed getting room service all day.  Or, laying out on the beach reflecting on life and future goals – I’ve done both and highly recommend it!  Whatever you want to do, you choose when and how you want to do it.  So, I am a huge fan of solo traveling!

The one thing I would say, particularly for the female solo traveler, is to do your research.  Make sure you choose a safe location, consider all-inclusive resorts, which offer an extra layer of security.  Stay in touch with family and friends while on your own so that they’re in the loop on your whereabouts.

But if taking a solo trip is something that’s crossed your mind…I say go for it!  Life is too short to live your life with regrets…just do it!