I recently wrote about experiences as a female solo traveller, so I thought I would do the same for male travellers as well. I travel a lot on my own, primarily because my mates don’t like the type of holiday I do, they cannot afford to go on holiday, or simply don’t want to spend a week living with me.
Here are my experiences.
Time to think
When you get a group of lads together, after a few days we run out of things to talk about, so start to talk about work, and things you’d rather not be thinking about. When I go away on holiday I want to time to think about the future, what I want to do with my life, and I want to forget, about work, and as horrible as it sounds, about life back home.
The main advantage of solo travel is that you can do what you want to do, when you want to do it, that may seem selfish to non solo travellers. I like to be able to wake up, go for a walk on the beach, return back to the hotel, have a shower, and then go for breakfast and plan my day ahead. I love this.
Meeting new people
I make more friends and meet new people when travelling alone, because I don’t want to sit in a bar or restaurant without speaking to a human being, so you find yourself introducing yourself and talking to other travellers or the locals. I’m actually still in touch with friends I met whilst travelling around Australia.
As a single male traveller, I feel much safer compared to when I have gone on holiday with my brothers or friends, there’s less chance that you’ll get involved in a fight, and because you know you have to look after yourself, you tend to drink less, and be aware of people around you, and the situations you find yourself in.
Whilst I can think of many advantages to travelling alone, there are disadvantages, for example, I hate it when I’m sat in a quiet restaurant, eating alone, and when I’m on the coach from the airport to the hotel, I feel that everyone is looking at me because he’s the sad person, with no friends, travelling alone.
So non solo travellers, what’s your impression of solo travellers and, solo travellers, what do you enjoy the most about solo travel?