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by Erin Weaver

Let’s just say it: traveling alone isn’t for everyone. Being in a new place without any familiar faces can be uncomfortable, and family and financial reasons can make it hard to plan a trip alone. However, even if you think of yourself as the kind of girl who likes to stay home or explore with other people, there are some good reasons why you should consider moving outside your comfort zone and traveling alone if you get the chance. Solo travel has so many benefits for women, and it’s a form of me-time that can be truly invaluable in terms of your personal growth and relaxation. So what can you really get out of a solo trip?

Going At Your Pace

Group holidays are all about compromise, and your travel companions will naturally have their own preferences about things to do and see. When you’re on your own, you don’t have to figure out a plan that suits everyone – it’s all about you, so you get to go wherever you want at a pace you can enjoy.

Finding Out What You Really Like

Making all the decisions on your solo trip helps you learn what you truly enjoy and value in life. You don’t have to compromise or impress anyone, so it’s all about figuring out your own preferences. Decisions about tours and destinations may seem superficial, but this experience gives you the power to delve deeper and clarify what is really important to you  in life and what truly makes you tick.

Relishing Your Independence

Women are often implicitly encouraged to follow the lead of other people and avoid striking out on their own. This pressure can affect even the most independent woman, but solo travel allows you to take the power back into your own hands and make the most of being a decisive, self-sufficient person.

Challenging Your Assumptions

Solo travel helps you to reconsider the assumptions you make throughout your daily life. These might be stereotypes you easily assign to other groups of people or beliefs you hold about the kind of person you are. Meeting new people, exploring new places, and learning how you function in these situations can really develop your understanding of yourself and the world around you.

Spending Time With You

The most important thing? Traveling alone lets you spend quality time with yourself. When you leave your daily life and loved ones behind, you get the chance to relax and truly appreciate everything that is good about you. Sometimes it takes a change of scene to understand what truly makes you special.

Start with an overnight trip to a nearby city. You’ll find that traveling solo opens up opportunities to get to know yourself, become more comfortable in your own skin, and take a real break from the stresses and strains of the daily grind. Solo travel is a real-life “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, and the benefits will inevitably outweigh any challenges. If a solo trip is within your means, what’s stopping you?

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