Why Solo Travel Rocks

Why Solo Travel Rocks

I travel a lot, I love traveling but when I tell friends that most of the time I travel on my own most ask me if I am crazy.  There are a few who totally get why I love to travel alone but most don’t understand the appeal.  If you’re idea of great travel is a romantic getaway then you definitely want someone special with you but if you want to sight see or have an adventure then solo travel works.  Let me tell you why solo travel rocks.

No Drama

 Traveling is often filled with drama, you have tired, hungry and jet lagged people all stuck in one place…tensions can run high.  I have traveled with groups before where couples broke up, cheated with other travellers and there were messy situations all the way round.  No, thank you.  I much prefer my own company or perhaps do some sightseeing with some other singles who don’t care if you bail at any time.

Different Destinations

Every traveler already knows what they want to get out of the trip.  Some want to tour museums and see local landmarks, others want to taste the local cuisine and there are others who are there to party.  Nothing wrong with any of those choices and when I travel I try and do all of that and more.  However, if all you want to do is hit a pub and your travel companion wants to hit a museum what do you do?  Trying to compromise is great but it doesn’t always make for a fun trip, you will spend half your time in places you don’t want to be.

Sharing Accommodations

When you travel in a group you’re sometimes forced to share some pretty close quarters.  Hotel rooms are small and if you head over to Europe they are even smaller still. I have friends that I care about deeply but I never want to have to share a hotel room with them.  People are messy, they snore and the list goes on, do you really want to spend two weeks like that.

The Freedom

As a solo traveler the freedom you have is incredible, you can go where you want and be who you want to be.  You meet far more people when you travel alone, at least that has always been my experience.  While these are the main reasons that I travel alone there have been some camping and hiking trips that being alone gave me the chance to be introspective and escape the world for just a little while and that for me is why solo travel rocks.

5 Reasons You’re Going to Love Hiking

5 Reasons You're Going to Love Hiking

The first time I went for a hike was with my father, being a kid at the time I thought I would be bored stiff.  I wanted to hang out with friends and play baseball instead.  I thought nothing could be more boring than just walking through the woods with my dad.  Actually I was wrong and that first hike turned into a lifelong passion.  Nowadays I encourage people to go hiking at every opportunity and I get the same comments from friends…”it’s boring” or “who wants to just walk”.  The truth is hiking doesn’t have to be boring and here are 5 reasons you’re going to love hiking.

Make it Easy

You don’t start your first hike by trekking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, try that and I promise you will never hike again.  You may aspire to give it a try one of these days but not the first day.  You can start off easy by throwing on a pair of walking shoes and heading to a nearby park.  Work your way up to a more challenging hike go at your own pace.

It’s Good For You

Shhhh…don’t tell anyone but hiking is good exercise.  Exercise brings with it some great health benefits.  Head out for a hike for a couple of hours and you can feel life’s stress melting away.  Hiking can help you manage stress along with the perks of better sleep, lower blood pressure and weight loss.  Plenty of good reasons to head out on a hike.  Here are the health benefits of hiking outlined for you.

Hiking Can Be Done By Anyone

The cost of a gym membership can be expensive especially if you’re not in the position to afford it.  Hiking doesn’t require any high end gear you can get started with a good pair of shoes.  You can pick a nearby destination and just walk.

Bring a Friend

Lots of people goes on hikes for the quiet and solitude, somedays I am one of those people but sometimes I like the company.  You can bring a friend with you and you can’t hold each other accountable to make sure you get the hike in.  You probably already have friends that like hiking as much as you do.  You can also try out one of the hiking clubs, you can probably find one on Meetup.com.

Enjoy Some New Scenery

One of the perks of hiking is seeing scenery that you don’t get to appreciate at any other time.  You can take in the beauty of the trees, the color of the leaves and the refreshing beauty.  This is the time you can relax your mind and just enjoy.  This is when you appreciate hiking the most.