I’m writing this post from my hotel room in Wroclaw, where I’ve come to spend the bank holiday weekend. Other than Amsterdam I’ve not been anywhere this year yet and so I’ve been itching to get on a plane, and because I have no one to travel with I’ve come on my own. When people realise I’m travelling on my own they give one of two opinions-they’re either really envious, or they can’t understand why I’d want to travel alone. So, I thought I’d write about why I love solo travel so much.
Travelling with friends can be lots of fun. But, you spend a lot of time waiting for other people to be ready to go, agreeing on somewhere you all want to eat and worrying you’re being annoying when you want to go into another gift shop. Sometimes your friends don’t fancy that place you’ve got your eye on, or they want a relaxed beach holiday when you’re a city break, explore as much as possible girl-and that’s okay. You just go on your own.
Solo travel means you can do everything on your own timescale. Like to be at the airport three hours before your flight? Cool. More of a last minute, sprint to the gate kind of flier? You do you. Solo travel means the hotel you want-whether it’s cheap as chips and a long walk out of town or bang in the centre and really fancy, you’re the only one in charge of the budget and so it’s all your choice.
I love solo travel because I can stop and start as I please without annoying anyone else. On my first day in Wroclaw, I spent the first two hours walking to see what I could find, then I felt tired and so came back to my hotel. I sat and wrote for a couple of hours, getting three blog posts done, before going out for a walk in the other direction. It’s very liberating to be able to wander round a new place on your own, and it’s a fantastic feeling to feel very anxious about a solo trip, but push through those feelings and do it anyway. Solo travel will always be my favourite, and I’m planning lots more solo trips this year.
Have you travelled solo before or do you prefer to travel with someone else?