With spring around the corner, travel season is officially upon us.
And while travelling with a girlfriend or boyfriend is loads of fun, there’s no reason why you can’t get out and travel while you’re single.
There’s a distinct level of freedom and liberation to take advantage of, and you get to experience what it’s like to be fully vulnerable in another country – for better or worse.
So if you’re single and hesitant about planning a trip, here are all the reasons you shouldn’t be…
Your Trip, Your Agenda
If you decide to go travelling when you’re single, the trip is going to be all about you. The trip is basically your baby and you can be completely selfish when it comes to deciding where you want to go and what you want to do. And while it’s always nice to take in new sights with someone else, you can enjoy the fact that as a single person you’re in control of every aspect of the trip. You’ll also be able to change plans at the drop of a hat, go off to another country on a whim, or tag along with other travellers spontaneously, which you probably wouldn’t do if you were with that special someone.
Meeting People is Easier
At some point along the way you’re going to meet new people, and it’s often easier to make friends when you’re on your own as you’re much more approachable than if you had your boyfriend trailing behind you looking more like a protective bodyguard. As a single person, you’ll be more likely to go out and mingle with locals and other travellers.
No Painful Breakup Memories
There’s nothing worse than going through a nasty breakup with all of your photos featuring the two of you in front of historical landmarks in foreign places. You don’t wan’t the thought of the Eiffel Tower to bring up painful memories. Not all relationships last forever, but your travel memories will.
Travel at Your Own Speed
When you go away with someone else, you’re always travelling at the same speed as the other person. So even if you’re extremely tired and your partner wants to go out, chances are you’ll tag along. When you travel alone you’re free to go as you please. If you want to stay in your hostel and chill one night, no one can tell you to do otherwise. You’ll never be feel as if you’re slowing someone else down or forcing them to do something when they would clearly rather lay on the beach all day.
Learn a Lot About Yourself
When you’re forced into new circumstances you’ll learn a lot about yourself. You get to experience what it’s like to be fully on your own, free to do whatever you please. You’ll get to try new foods, experience new cultures, and learn what interests you. You can also do things that scare the crap out of you; that you might not normally do with a significant other but allows you think to yourself, “wow I can’t believe I did that.”
Nobody is Waiting For You Back Home
When you first meet someone they might not share your passion for travelling and going on spontaneous adventures. You may end up holding off on trips, forever regretting that you did. And while you can travel with someone waiting back home, it can often end bad as you’ll be meeting new people, seeing new things, and constantly wishing your partner was there with you. It just makes it easier to travel with no strings attached because you never know what might happen while you’re away.
You Could Meet the One
When you travel single, you’ll be meeting new people who share similar interests with you. Maybe you’ll meet someone and have an intense connection and really hit it off. You could end up extending your trip and travelling to another country together.