The top 5 ‘travelling solo’ myths debunked

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Solo travel is one of the fastest-growing travel trends. While some people prefer the freedom and thrills of travelling solo, others simply can’t wait to get back out there and are going at it alone. And while solo travellers are becoming more common, there are still plenty of myths about solo travel out there. From misconceptions about why people travel solo to bogus rules on how to travel as one, we’ve debunked the top 5 solo travel myths.

1. You have to be an extrovert to travel solo

One of the most common solo travel myths is that you have to be confident and outgoing to make it on your own. While it can be easier for extroverts to blend in and meet people, introverts are great at solo travel too. Introverts are often better at embracing time alone and once they meet people, they’re great at having meaningful conversations. If you’re an introvert and you’re worried about meeting people, you’ll be surprised at just how easy it can be.

You could join a tour, take a class, hang out at a cafe, or go to a show, and you’ll find a lot of people naturally reach out to you. If you want to start a conversation, try asking them where they’re from, where they’ve travelled, where they’re going next, and their favourite places. It leads to many interesting conversations plus you might even pick up some great travel tips.

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2. Solo travel is only for single people

Don’t rule out travelling alone just because you’re in a relationship! Forget the solo travel myths that you should always travel with your partner – solo travel is for everyone, whether you’re single or married. Many couples have different hobbies, so if you want to explore a new place, why not travel solo and indulge your interests? It’s important to respect your partner’s choices and lifestyle, plus spending time apart is always healthy for a relationship. They say distance makes the heart grow fonder – and it’s true!

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3. Solo travel is only for when you have no one to go with

One of the biggest solo travel myths is that it’s only for people who don’t enjoy the company of others. But while many people start travelling solo because their friends or family couldn’t go with them, it’s not always the case. You might choose to travel alone simply because you enjoy your own company. You might want to develop some new life skills or maybe you don’t want to compromise on anything for your trip. There’s nothing wrong with choosing to spend some quality time with yourself. And you don’t want life to pass you by while you’re waiting for your friend’s schedule to match up with yours!

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4. You can only travel solo while you’re young

Whether you’re 18 and heading off on your first solo adventure, or you’re 80 and ticking off your bucket list – there’s no age limit on solo travel. In fact, the best part about travelling solo when you’re older is that you’ve got a lot more wisdom, skills and experience to guide your adventure. Solo travel is one of the most liberating experiences you can have – and it’s never too late to try it.

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5. It’s more expensive to travel alone

When you’re not splitting the costs of hotel rooms and taxis with your other people, it can seem like costs are starting to add up. But the good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money when you’re travelling solo. You can stay in shared rooms to save money on accommodation, take public transport or shared taxi rides, and you’ll find it easier to snag last-minute spots on group tours and excursions. Plus, you can manage your own budget when you’re travelling solo, so you don’t spend money on someone else’s wants and needs.

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