If you’re toying with the idea of travelling solo, these points might be able to convince you..
There’s no time like the present
Before the serious adult-ing kicks in (read: children, mortgages, marriage), now’s your chance to travel and explore. Just imagine: it’s unlimited freedom, a lack of financial ties and ultimate flexibility to travel your own uninterrupted agenda. Explore the world while you can, and share the incredible stories later.
You can afford to travel now
Most people assume that travel has to be expensive – but that’s not always the case. You won’t mind living out of a backpack if you’re traipsing unexplored countries and experiencing new and interesting cultures, especially as staying in hostels can be so affordable. By booking through travel companies you can tick off multiple destinations on a budget, while making use of expert knowledge.
You’ll have stories to tell
Things can get pretty boring when you’re talking to the same people about the same things ALL. THE. TIME. Conversations repeated about what they’ve scrolled past on Instagram, who is wearing what or – even worse – what new diet they’re trialling. Blah, blah, blah. While we get the odd kick out of these rants, there is nothing better than an awe-inspiring story as a friend recounts their global adventures.
You’ll make incredible friends
During your travels, you will stumble across some incredible people who share your passion for adventure and life in general. With the freedom to explore new destinations in the safety net of a group, you’ll be less worried about being ‘solo’ and more focused on creating “remember when” stories for years to come.
You’ll grow more from travelling
Through travel, epic life lessons are learnt. Cue brand new experiences, lifelong friendships and a fresh perspective on the world. Yes, please.
Master your social skills
Still hanging out with the same group of friends you met at school and uni? Travelling in your twenties pushes you to meet new people, strike up conversations and step outside your comfort zone.
You’ll appreciate your independence
Stereotypically in your twenties, you probably don’t have too many people who are hugely reliant on you – which is why it’s the perfect time to pack up your life and get on a plane. You can develop your own skills, discover your strengths and weaknesses and do that ‘finding yourself’ people always talk about.
You’ll never regret it
You are not going to look back on your travelling photos in 20 years time and think ‘Oh, I wish I’d never done that’.
It’ll give you a chance to miss home
Plus, it’ll help you escape the rut that you may have got stuck in at home. If you’re feeling a bit bored of work/your mates/family life (don’t lie), the opportunity to escape it all for a bit will give you the chance to spend some quality time on your ones.
You can make the rules
As our normal lives progress, it can be easy just to go with the flow and put up with things that actually you’re not that comfortable – whether at work, home or your personal life. So by going it alone, you grant yourself the ability to make your own rules and not rely on others, which is helpful not only in the present, but for the future too.
Your Instagram game will be so strong