Once thought of sad and desperate, solo trips are now shedding its uncalled for stigma.

There's nothing quite like discovering a new place on your own and doing exactly as you please.

Here are some awesome reasons why you should give it a go if you haven't done it yet.

1. You can be completely selfish

Travelling with others means making plans with others, compromising your time and fun. Checking out local landmarks, museums, restaurants and attractions can be challenging when each traveller has something different in mind. But what if you could spend each day anyway you like? It's your time to go crazy and spend it however you please.

2. You meet interesting people

When you travel with others, you typically stick together. In other words, you're less likely to wander away from your group. But travelling alone means you'll be more likely to chat with locals, meet new friends and generally be more sociable.

3. Laze and read as much as you want

Two major perks of escaping day-to-day life while on holiday include sleeping in and reading as much as you like. But when you're travelling with others, you're not usually allowed to just chill and do nothing. Solo travel gives you the opportunity to read to your heart's content in a corner.

4. You come to know yourself more intimately

No distractions, just yourself as company. Do you like yourself? Well, you get to answer that question when you spend some time together...alone. Also, being on your own in a new place serves as a permission slip to slow down, without the distractions you'd feel buzzing around you when travelling with companions. Being alone, and really embracing it, is a wonderful part of solo travel.

5. You can rest without feeling guilty

Sometimes, that walk we went on took more energy than we had anticipated. But when you're travelling with friends, the pressure to keep going can be intense. When travelling alone, on the other hand, you can head back to your room for a guilt-free mid-afternoon nap.

6. You step outside your comfort zone

When travelling with friends, you depend on each other for help. Taking a trip on your own means you have to get out of any tricky trip situations by yourself, which can help with problem-solving, dealing with pressure and developing self-belief.

7. It'll give your confidence a boost

It gives a sense of adventure when you explore the unknown on your own. You'll discover your strengths and weaknesses and the bonus is that here it will do wonders for your self-confidence and personal authenticity.

8. It's more cost efficient

Being on your own means only purchasing one set of flights, as well as single accommodations, excursions, meals, and so on. This may not sound like much, but how many times have we end up spending money because of peer pressure? Going it alone means you get more control over your spending.

How to be safe when travelling alone

1. Learn emergency words in the local language

While you may have already mastered basic words like "hello," "goodbye," and "thank you," learning terms and phrases that could help you communicate with locals in the event of an emergency is also essential. Whether you need directions to the nearest hospital, or need help calling the police, knowing some key phrases will greatly help.

2. Don't be afraid to lie

Getting to know locals along your journey can be rewarding, but if questions are making you uncomfortable, it's OK to bend the truth for the sake of your safety. While you could be talking to someone who's genuinely interested in your life, they may be looking for information that can be used against you.

3. Trust your instinct

If a situation seems odd or makes you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from it as quickly as possible. While this may sound like common sense, it's important not to waste time deciding if your intuition could be wrong. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. So, if you're faced with potentially troubling circumstances, act on the matter immediately and get yourself to safety before informing authorities.

Source: eDreams

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