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Why You Should Travel Solo at Least Once in Your Lifetime

Traveling solo is an incredible experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. It allows you to break free from your usual routine, escape your comfort zone, and fully immerse yourself in the present moment.

Here are five reasons you should give solo travel a try!


6 Reasons to Journey Solo - Self Discovery

Touring the scenic Lago Calima in Colombia.



One of the biggest reasons to take a solo trip is the opportunity for self-discovery. Being alone in a new environment can help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and your personal interests. You may also have more time for introspection and self-reflection, which can lead to personal growth and development. Additionally, being in a new environment allows you to explore new sides of yourself and get outside of your comfort zone. Overall, a solo trip can be a transformative experience that allows you to learn more about yourself and the world around you.

6 Reasons to Journey Solo - Independence

 Exploring the iconic streets of Cartagena, Colombia.



Traveling alone requires you to be independent and make decisions on your own. In addition to paving your own way, you have the opportunity to face challenges that can help you grow as a person. For example, you may need to navigate unfamiliar surroundings, communicate in a foreign language, or solve unexpected problems. These solo travel experiences can be empowering and help you develop a sense of self-confidence that will serve you well in other areas of your life.


6 Reasons to Journey Solo - Flexibility

Catching views of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.



One of the greatest advantages of traveling solo is the complete freedom and flexibility it offers. When traveling with others, you often have to compromise on your itinerary and activities. Solo travel gives you the freedom to make your own schedule and adjust it as needed. When you’re on your own, you don’t have to worry about anyone else’s schedule or preferences, and you can design your itinerary to suit your own interests and pace. You can take the time to truly appreciate and absorb the culture, scenery, and people around you without feeling rushed or distracted.


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6 Reasons to Journey Solo - Adventure

Zip lining upside down through the forest in Mexico.



Traveling alone can be a thrilling adventure that pushes you out of your comfort zone. It offers you the opportunity to try new things you wouldn't normally do, take calculated risks (safety first of course!), and make unforgettable memories that will impact your life long after your solo trip has ended. Without the distractions of companionship, you are free to explore at your own pace and truly connect with the environment around you.

6 Reasons to Journey Solo - Cultural Immersion

Kicking it with llamas in Ecuador.


Cultural Immersion

Another perk of solo travel is the increased opportunity for meaningful connections with locals. Solo travel can be an excellent way to immerse yourself in a new culture. When you’re alone, you’re more likely to interact with locals and have more authentic experiences.

6 Reasons to Journey Solo - Making New Friends

A group of friends I met while staying at Selina hostel in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.  


Making New Friends

Traveling alone is an excellent way to meet and interact with others. Some people worry about loneliness when traveling solo but honestly, it can be a great way to make new friends. When you’re alone, you’re more approachable and open to new experiences and you’re more likely to strike up conversations with strangers (again, safety first 😅). This can lead to unexpected adventures, insights, and memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.


Overall, traveling solo can be a transformative and life-changing experience that allows you to see the world and yourself in a whole new light. Traveling alone can be challenging and even daunting at times, especially if you’re not used to being solo or navigating unfamiliar territory. Nonetheless, when you’re forced to rely on yourself and face new situations head-on, you develop resilience, problem-solving skills, and a sense of self-confidence that will serve you well in all areas of your life.

If you’re feeling hesitant or nervous about taking the leap, remember that The Wander Box is available to support you with travel guides and resources for solo travelers. So what are you waiting for?

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