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The Advantages Of Travelling Solo

Before my partner came along I had no one to travel with and had just as good a time travelling as I do now. A lot of people didn't know how I could do it, or where I found the confidence to solo travel, what they didn't see was the places I visited and the amazing people I met. I would definitely recommend hostels for solo travelers because you will meet a large variety of people and you won't feel lonely which means you're less likely to feel homesick.

Travelling alone gives you the freedom to do whatever you like without having to consider anyone else. This means you can spend as much time doing the things you enjoy as you want. I always felt rushed when travelling with my mum because we had vastly different ideas of what a holiday was. She likes shopping and I like museums. We both tolerated one for the other. When I started lone travelling I found I had more time in museums and more time to take photographs of locations. 

It Encourages You To Meet New People
When travelling with someone you might feel like spending time with only them, but if you travel alone you'll have more motivation to actually talk to the locals and get a feel of the culture. The other bonus of this is they might know really good places for you to eat/visit that aren't on the tourist sites which could lead to new adventures. Trust me, the people you'll meet while solo travelling will be the most interesting people you'll ever meet.

The Experience
There is nothing that compares to solo travelling. The feeling of knowing you have no one to answer to and no obligations is so liberating. You should travel alone at least once in your life to feel it. You have no one waiting on you, no one you're waiting for. It's time for you and just you. It's like eating in a restaurant alone, you are scared you'll look stupid, but really it's fine and no one is judging you.

You'll Grow Confidence
Once you realise that you CAN do it, you'll feel so much more confidence in yourself. You'll get a surge on independence and that never leaves you. If anything it's probably the best thing for shy/anxious people because you're around people you'll never see again and they're in the same position as you. This means you'll come out of your shell a bit and be more confident coming back.

You'll Grow As A Person
The best way to grow as a person is to gain experiences. You'll learn so much by travelling solo, not only will you feel more comfortable in yourself when eating out alone etc. you'll get valuable experience in airports, train stations etc. For me, as an anxious person, this was my biggest obstacle. I was terrified of flying, but now that's I've done it by myself I feel so much happier getting on a flight. 

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