Published 28th February 2019
Do you feel like you need a break but nobody is able to go with you? Would you rather read a book on the beach by yourself than party with your mates? Do you and your partner have different ideas of what the ideal holiday is? Well then, you should go on holiday alone! Sure, in the past people may have frowned on the idea of a person going on holiday alone, but thankfully those days are gone. 1 March is Plan a Solo Vacation Day and so we challenge you to throw caution to the wind and organise a holiday just for you.
The thought can be a bit daunting, we know. What will I do all day? Who will I talk to? Will it be safe? But there really is no need to get your knickers in a knot over this. In fact, you might find that going on a solo vacation is exactly what you’ve been needing.
Here are 3 reasons you should plan a solo vacation.
You’ll meet more people
This might sound counter-intuitive but it actually makes sense. If you go on holiday with your friends you’ll stick together all the time. You’ll eat together, go sightseeing together, maybe even share rooms. If you’re on your own, other people are more likely to strike up a conversation with you. This means that you’re more likely to meet locals as well as other travellers. The great thing about these new friends is that if you want to be alone, you can simply say your goodbyes and go on your merry way. No mess, no fuss.
You can do whatever you want
Being on your own means you don’t need to consider other people when making decisions. You can choose where to eat, where to sleep and which tourist attractions to visit. You can decide when you wake up in the morning exactly what you feel like doing that day – and if that means hanging out in a hammock all day then that’s exactly what you can do.
You can be spontaneous
Being a solo traveller means you are not tied down by other people’s plans. Even if you had already decided to go for a hike, if someone invites you to go for a scooter ride around town there’s no reason you can’t change your plans. Plus, being on your own means you are more likely to be asked out!
As a TEFL teacher living abroad, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to plan a weekend away or even a longer holiday as a solo traveller if none of your friends or colleagues are available to join you.
When you think about it, there are so many advantages to planning a solo vacation. You don’t have to travel alone every holiday but once in a while give it a try and you’ll see how much you enjoy it.
If you’re a bit nervous, take a leap of faith and you might surprise yourself with your courage and independence. Who knows, you may even decide that you’ll tackle your next TEFL destination on your own!