5 Reasons To Take A Solo Trip This Summer

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April has finally arrived, which means spring is in the air and flowers are blooming while your mind fills with exciting travel plans and beautiful destinations that are eager to be explored. It seems everyone is embarking on solo travel journeys to countries all over the world, which might make you wonder- what is so great about solo travel?

Solo travel has always been a very special style of travel for me that I hold close to my heart. It has transformed my life beyond words, and can do the same to yours if you give it the chance to! Here are 5 reasons why you should take at least one solo trip this summer, big or small:

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Gaining Your Independence

If you struggle with finding your sense of independence and responsibility, this is the perfect kind of trip for you! When you travel alone, you have no one to rely on but yourself. You learn how to be responsible with your belongings, money, and most importantly yourself. Things can easily go wrong, and they most definitely will but you will learn how to take care of yourself. Once you find your balance, you will feel so great about gaining a sense of independence in your life.

Handling Your Mistakes

You will make mistakes. You’ll get lost, lose a few items, book the wrong hostel, miss your train.. the list is endless. On my trip to Europe last summer, after hours spent looking for my hostel in an isolated part of Rome, I realized the hostel didn’t exist at all. I had nowhere to stay, no phone, no one in the area could tell me where any other hostel was, and I was exhausted from the heat and the weight of my bag (I over packed, a lot). After a few minutes of throwing myself a pity party and crying on the floor in the corner of the street, I got up, went back to the subway, retraced my steps and found a hostel in the center of town. You will learn not to give up because giving up isn’t an option, and instead will learn to work through your problems and trust me when I say there is no better feeling than that!

Leaving Your Comfort Zone Behind

When you travel solo, say goodbye to your comfort zone because it is tossed out of the window and gone for good. You might have to speak a new language to strangers, ask for directions, advice, or simply meet new friends at hostels. Travelling solo is a lot more rewarding and transforming if you do things you’ve never done before. Go on a hike, take a museum tour, or go bungee jumping! Whatever it is, you will be thrown into situations you’ve never had to deal with before that will leave a stronger, more independent and confident you.

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Learning To Make Yourself Happy

There will be moments where you’ll be exhausted, lonely, upset, or just down on your travels. It’s perfectly okay to have an off day or moment where you don’t feel so thrilled to be travelling. The bright side to this is that you get to explore what makes you happy and puts you in a better mood. Whether its coffee, heading out for a walk, writing, or reading a book, you’ll learn about the things that cheer you up which is something that will come in handy for the rest of your life.

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Finding Yourself

I know I talk about this one a lot, but I can’t tell you enough how much solo travel has helped me find myself. Through all of the experiences, good and bad, I’ve learned important lessons about myself I may have never been open to learning, had I not taken a chance and traveled on my own to places I’ve never seen before. Facing your fears and living outside of your comfort zone all the while exploring the world teaches you lessons about yourself you never imagined you would learn.

It may sound like a huge risk to take, and it might scare you to think about taking on an entire trip on your own, but even if it’s a short trip somewhere not too far away- a solo travel trip anywhere brings with it transforming life lessons to be learned, and amazing memories to be made.

Have you ever embarked on a solo travel trip? What are your thoughts on solo travel? I’d love to hear your stories!

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  • Is that first picture in Vancouver? Looks like Stanley Park to me 🙂 I’ve tried some shorter solo travel on longer trips with friends but I always get so lonely. I have friends who do it all the time and love it… wish I could get more comfortable doing the same!

    xo, alison*elle

    • Diana Maria

      Yes it is! I loved Stanley Park, Vancouver is such a beautiful city I was amazed by what I saw! I’ve gotten lonely while travelling solo as well, I think as you become more experienced with it you learn how to meet fellow travelers and find out how to keep yourself content while alone. I’m sure one day you’ll be able to do the same, you’ll be surprised to learn how great it feels once you feel a bit more comfortable with trips like this, even if they’re small! 🙂

  • Great post & tips! I think that this is pretty big step to take if you don’t like to travel alone but I am sure it would be great experience:)
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    • Diana Maria

      You’re right is quite the step, it may not be for everyone but it’s definitely worth a try and the experience that comes along with it 🙂

  • I love this post. I have been thinking about traveling solo for a while now and the only thing stopping me is myself. I am too scared to step out of my comfort zone. I need to get myself together somehow and just do it! 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      I know the feeling, I’ve always felt like I was one of the main reasons I didn’t travel as often as I wanted to. I’m sure you will gain the courage to eventually take a solo trip and will love it hopefully just as much as I did!

  • Wellwell Girl

    these are some good reasons. if i have a chance to do this, i will as i can find myself throw this.

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Jess, I hope you do!

  • Vaida Tamošauskaitė

    Oh wow! This is soooo good! Now I’m craving for them solo travels even more! They definitely have been on my LIFE ‘must do’ list yo! 🙂 Hopefully soon, maybe even this summer! But thank you for sharing this! It’s really inspiring! And I also LOVE the photos in this post! Breathtaking! 🙂
    Vaida | http://www.donttellanyone.net/blog

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! I’m glad I could inspire a bit of wanderlust in you Vaida! That would be lovely if you took a trip this summer, I wish you all the best 🙂

  • This is such an inspiring post. I really wish I had the guts to do this.

    I’m not going to lie I’ve never really been into travel but I do want to visit some more places. Your photos are absolutely stunning, looks like you have been to many amazing places!

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Sally! Visiting different destinations is so exciting and it feels so great knowing you’ve seen different parts of the world, I hope you get to do the same!

  • I’ve never tried traveling solo before. Maybe I enjoy having company way too much. Lol. But it’s admirable how people travel solo!

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Jeanne! I love having company by my side too, I always try meeting people along the way because you’re right, it can help make the trip so much more memorable. I’m sure you would do great on a solo trip, it sounds frightening but there’s so many people like you who want to meet others too! 🙂

  • Cara E

    I’d love to solo travel one day but I’m so scared to, I feel like I’d get so lonely! But this post is super inspiring xx
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    • Diana Maria

      I used to be so afraid too, the idea seemed crazy to me! After some time you learn how to meet others who are just like you and want to meet fellow solo travelers- I’ve made so many friends along the way and I’m sure you would too Cara! 🙂

  • The Sunday Mode

    I’ve never been on a solo trip before, I can imagine that it would be intimidating at first but a really memorable experience in the end. I feel like I would miss some daily company though!

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

    • Diana Maria

      I used to feel the same before I took my first trip, but you learn to meet new people who are also travelling solo, which makes the trip truly enjoyable!

  • Nice photos! <3

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Meri!

  • I don’t think I could ever go on a solo trip – I’d get so lonely because I like to be around people I know lol xx

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

    • Diana Maria

      I used to feel the same way! Long trips can be hard, so meeting others who are travelling solo can really help. I love travelling with friends too, either way it can be such a liberating experience 🙂

  • I’ve never, ever travelled by myself… but after reading this I think I’d quite like to one day. Most of the time I like sharing my memories with someone but maybe I shouldn’t next time!

    alicered.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      I agree, it’s so nice to share special memories with someone else while travelling, most of my travelling is done with friends and family, but every once in a while it’s good to take some time for the self too! I hope you get the chance to take a small trip solo one day Alice 🙂

  • I cannot agree more… I have to do a solo trip myself! Great post! =)

    – Cielo

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    • Diana Maria

      I wish you all the best on your solo trip Cielo, I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience!

  • I’d really love to try solo traveling. Soon! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

    • Diana Maria

      I’d love to hear about your experience and hope you get the opportunity to try it out soon Katherine 🙂

  • Hanna

    I wish I could travel! –Hanna Lei

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    • Diana Maria

      I hope you get the chance to soon Hanna!

  • Ive never been traveling solo faraway but i have tried it just a few miles away from home.
    Great to know about this life lessons.

    Have a great day!

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    • Diana Maria

      That’s great Zarrah! It can be intimidating to travel solo, I think it’s so brave of you to try it, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  • I have never travelled alone..but I intend to..it must be fun:D

    xx
    http://www.planetbeauties.com

    • Diana Maria

      It truly is, I hope you get the opportunity to travel solo some time soon, it’s a great experience!

  • Solo trips are an amazing experience. After college I went on a 20 day trip throughout California meeting up with friends along the way. It was wonderful to just go wherever my heart desired at any moment. :]

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    • Diana Maria

      That sounds like an amazing trip, I’ve always wanted to travel through California! It must have been so fun meeting with friends along the way, I’m glad you enjoy solo travelling too!

  • Ms Beauty Glam

    I absolutely love this post, I love solo trips. I believe that they really help you connect with yourself and find yourself. It is such a great experience that everyone should have.

    Destiny | http://www.msbeautyglam.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Destiny, I completely agree with you! It’s great you love solo travelling too and were willing to try it, because it does open up your experience with finding yourself 🙂

  • LOVE THIS!! First of all, your travel photos are gorgeous and make me wanna go solo globe trotting! Secondly, I agree with everything you said about solo traveling! I have traveled solo to both the UK and Australia (which I ended up staying in) and I learnt so much about myself. Plus, you meet so many more people!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Rachel! I am so jealous you traveled to and then stayed in Australia, I’ve been dreaming of visiting there for years! You definitely do meet so many people along the way, it sounds like you’ve solo traveled quite a bit which is so great to hear 🙂

  • This post simply is the best! I quite like travelling solo but have only done so in and to London, city of my life and dreams to which I return quite often. But I’d love to do a longer travel, a bit further away than across the Channel as well! I agree that you experience is so differently, but in a good way, more intensely!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! London is such a wonderful city, I’m glad you were able to solo travel through it there is so much to do to stay busy, I love it too. I hope one day you can do a longer trip somewhere else I’m sure you would have a great time!

  • I really want to take a solo trip now ! haha Great post
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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Alexandra, I hope you have the chance to some day soon!

  • It’s a really nice post and thank you for that. It inspires me to take a solo trip, although I’ve never traveled on my own. But these 5 things has convinced me, that it is not so bad. 🙂

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Lucie, I’m glad I was able to help you see the good side to solo travel!