As a travel writer, I often have to travel by myself to events and to review places. This is something that a few years ago would have pushed me way out of my comfort zone and actually terrified me but I think now that I'm older and more comfortable in my own skin, single travel certainly has it's benefits and it is actually something I look forward to now rather than dread.
The benefits of solo travel
*You travel to your own itinerary - there is no compromise
*It is far easier to meet new, like minded people and make new friends
*You can enjoy some much needed peace and quiet and relaxation time
*There is no one to argue with
*You can actually read a whole book without worrying about seeming rude/offending people
*You don't have to think of things to talk about
*You have time to enjoy your own passions, whether this is booking into a pilates class, spending time writing or indulging in a full day of shopping. Travelling by yourself provides the perfect opportunity to be selfish
*You can make all of the decisions - there is no deliberation over which restaurant to book or where to stop for coffee - it's all up to you!
*Most phones now have front-facing cameras meaning that taking photos by yourself is no longer a problem
*It is always so much cheaper when you just have yourself to pay for
These are just a few of the benefits I have enjoyed over the past year when I've travelled in my own company - there are of course many more.
Solo travel is probably something I am going to enjoy for the rest of my life. There are even companies such as Saga Travel who specialise in Singles Holidays (they were voted best large singles holiday company at the British Travel Awards 2014 so certainly worth checking out) and can take care of everything for you to provide extra peace of mind.
Have you ever travelled alone? I would love to hear about your experiences and the benefits it has provided. Feel free to join in the conversation by leaving a comment or tweeting @nefamilyfun