Travelling alone can induce feelings of fear and anxiety, but once you do it, you’ll wonder why you never did it earlier!

Sure, it can be nerve-wracking, but along with that, it’s also exhilarating, exciting, and intoxicating!

More and more people are choosing to go on solo holidays on both local and international trips. Many of the guests at our Melbourne hostel are solo travellers, so it’s definitely a popular option.

But why?

This week, we indulge in some of the benefits of travelling solo.

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Complete, total freedom

There are two types of travellers: those that plan their trips out in meticulous detail, and those who are more spur-of-the-moment and spontaneous.

If you’re the second type, solo travelling might be for you.

Striking out on your own gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want… your only obstacle is yourself!

  • You call the shots when you go solo - no need to hold a mini-conference about your choice of destination or daily itinerary
  • You decide how you spend your own time, money and energy
  • You make the executive decisions

Some people might just like spending quality time on their own. If you’re a big fan of “me-time”, travelling without a travel buddy or companion might be just what you need for a fulfilling and adventurous holiday.

 

You’ll be thrown in the deep end… and that’s a good thing!

Few things are more daunting than spending an extended period of time in a foreign city or country by yourself. But those that do pull through are almost always more confident for it!

Stepping out of your comfort zone and diving straight into the deep-end can be a valuable learning experience. In fact, it’s so effective that it’s even used to treat some cases of PTSD and phobia!

Travelling solo tests you, because you won’t have anyone you can consistently rely on other than yourself.

You might catch the wrong train or get ripped off by a street vendor - yes, these are annoying, and no, you don’t have anybody to complain to.

Think of it not as a problem, but as a character-building exercise. You’ll learn how you deal with challenging, uncomfortable or difficult situations on your own, and ultimately develop a newfound confidence.

Not to mention, traveling alone can teach useful skills that you thought you never have obtained otherwise.

Reading maps, picking up bits of a foreign language, cooking in a hostel, and even daily budgeting are some of the skills you’ll learn travelling solo!

 

No drama or fights

While travelling with friends is a blast, tensions can often run high. It’s not too uncommon to find yourselves fighting among each other about food, time management, or simply what you do and don’t want to do!

Living in close proximity can reveals sides of your travelling companions you wouldn’t see otherwise. You might even blow up at each other for something completely insignificant!

Travelling on your own isn’t 100% drama-free either. However, it it also presents fewer things to lose your cool over:

  • No annoying habits to put up with
  • Mistakes are entirely on your shoulders, no-one else’s
  • No arguments over itineraries or dinner

 

Travelling solo is an opportunity to discover yourself

How well do you know yourself? Can you really say how you’d react to extreme stress if you’ve never been in such a situation yourself?

At the risk of sounding sappy, travelling alone isn’t just about seeing the sights - it’s also an opportunity to challenge your perception of yourself!

If you’re not sure about who you are, or you simply want time to be alone with your thoughts and assess what’s happening in your life, travelling solo can give you the answers you’re looking for.

Solo travel offers plentiful opportunities for introspection and reflection.

When you’re alone, you have a lot of time to be in your own head - sure, you’ll meet other travellers along the way, but at the beginning at the very least, you’re pursuing a dream on your own.

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It’s cheaper

Of course, there are plenty of reasons that don’t sound like something you’d find in the inside of a cheesy fortune cookie.

For example, travelling solo can be a lot cheaper in the long-run!

Travel on your own, and you’ll be in complete control of your finances - no peer pressure to spend or go out just because someone else does!

One of the most challenging parts of travelling on your own? Money. If you overspend or under-budget, you don’t have anybody else to turn to.

Fortunately, there are a couple ways you can lighten the load on your wallet when travelling solo...

  • Travel in the off-season, if possible, to take advantage of low flight and accommodation prices
  • Do your research - some museums and expos offer free or discounted entry on certain days of the week or at certain times of the day
  • Get to know the local public transport - cheaper (and often quicker) than a cab or Uber!
  • Stay in a hostel and take advantage of their special rates for day trips and other (free!) activities
  • Have a flexible and open mind!

 

Choose a budget hostel in Melbourne - choose Urban Central!

We’re not saying that travelling with friends has no merit. Rather, what we’re trying to say is that travelling alone isn’t weird at all… it’s just different. Yes, it may feel confronting, but once you dive in and do it, you’ll be so glad you did.

If you’re travelling solo and on a budget, there’s only one place to choose for affordable hostel accommodation in Melbourne: us!

Urban Central offers a variety of fully-furnished and affordable rooms for solo travellers just like you! For the less confident guests, we also offer plenty of excuses to meet fellow travellers, too!

What are you waiting for? Book online now or call Urban Central on 1800 631 288 to make your solo trip to Melbourne a memorable one.