There is a certain ease and comfort that comes when travelling with friends or family. You already know a lot about each other, how they like their coffee, what books they are sure to bring along and who is most likely to flood your Instagram feed!
So why on earth would we recommend you skip a trip with your peeps and embark on solo travel or with a bunch of total strangers instead?
- TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Travel is the perfect way to create lasting friendships and discover a bunch of people that you may never have come across in your regular life. It is always exciting to see new places and bond over your shared love for travel!
- GO DUTCH
Keep an eye out for other solo travelers, looking for the same adventures as you. You can plan to travel together and split the cost of the taxi fare or maybe even share a pizza later.
- STEP OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE
You are bound to come across different kinds of people when travelling, which will challenge you to accept them as they are and not let their differences alter your sense and personality too much.
- TO LEARN ABOUT PEOPLE
Because you don’t have a travel buddy to chat incessantly with or take pictures with, you are more likely to notice others around you. Little things like their accents, their habits, their nervous ticks, the way they laugh – all these little secrets can help you get a better insight into human nature.
- FOR AN AWESOME NEW PLAYLIST
Check out what travelers around you are listening to and spread some music love. It is a great conversation starter and who knows, their playlist could already contain your soon-to-be favourite songs.
- TO LEARN SOME TRAVEL HACKS
There is always someone on the road that has travelled a little more than you and probably has a truckload of tips and cool hacks to share. The coolest travel apps to use, the best places to eat, great bargain buys, the nicest hotel rooms – pick their brains for a bit and learn how to up your travel game.
The best part of traveling with people you don’t know is that there is no obligation to be chatty or interesting. Zone out when you want to and enjoy your quiet time, without feeling like someone is judging you.
So pack your bags and book your tickets and take a journey with the unknown. Who knows, you may just end up making a new best friend!