Why Take a Solo Trip?
We’ve written about how to find the best places for vacation if you’re traveling by yourself, but why would you want to do that? It’s a great question and in today’s blog, we plan to shed a little bit of light on the subject for all of the skeptics out there.
One thing we should get out of the way first is that we truly believe that sharing an incredible vacation with your family is an awesome experience to have. Similarly, traveling on your own offers a unique experience that you just can’t get when you’re traveling with loved ones. In other words, they represent two sides of the same coin and we strongly believe that both have their benefits.
It’s like the difference between a meal consisting of steak and a baked potato and one that’s made up of a cheeseburger and fries. Both are great and both get the job done, but they satisfy different needs. Make sense?
Have an Incredible Vacation on Your Own
Your busy life is filled with everything from meetings at the office to volunteer work to get togethers with friends on the weekend. Although all of these things are great, many people find that they need a bit of individual time to recharge. A recent article over at Lifehack puts it perfectly--”Depending on the destination, a solo trip can be a powerful, introspective, life-changing experience. Imagine sitting on a peaceful beach at sunset or taking an invigorating morning hike without having to make conversation with anyone.”
That’s not to say that a deep conversation with a loved one while you’re on vacation isn’t invigorating in its own sense, it’s just that so rarely do we end up adventuring out on our own to do something that we truly want to do that it’s a different experience altogether. After all, when was the last time that you just got to be alone with your thoughts and spend a bit of time reflecting on the things you’d like to achieve and experience? It’s a unique aspect of a solo trip that’s sure to be a highlight.
You Choose What to Do
Your spouse loves to eat Thai food, but you’re allergic to tree nuts. Luckily for you, when you decide to take a solo trip that means that you’re the one who is in charge of what’s on the menu. Want to grab a sandwich at the best local deli? How about seafood down by the pier? You’re in charge of what you’ll be eating and you don’t have to compromise. That alone is a recipe (pardon the pun) for a successful solo trip! There’s nothing better than a great meal and when you travel on your own, you get to pick where you’ll dine each day. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Or of course you can go see a baseball game without having to worry about bringing the kids along. That means you pay for one ticket instead of several. It also means you don’t have to get drinks, food, and dessert for all of the kids and then pay a small fortune to get everyone a souvenir. It all adds up pretty quickly! Instead you can head to the game by yourself and spend a few hours enjoying watching the people, cheering on your favorite team, and getting to know a ballpark that’s not like the one in your hometown. In other words, you get to enjoy the game and not have to worry about what your kids are doing (or where they are, or what’s bothering them, or how much money you’re spending).
Consider this as well--when is the last time you got to just sit down and read a book at your leisure? There’s a reason that people often describe the perfect vacation as one where they’re lounging on a beach with a good book. If you’re traveling with someone, that time can be limited based on what the other person wants to do. When you’re on your own, you can knock out an entire trilogy of books during your travels if you want to with no one to tell you that they’re ready to do something else.
Still not convinced? Ask your friends and family if they’ve ever travelled alone and see what they say. Although it might not be for everyone, we think you’ll find that the experiences these people had helped them in some way or another (even if it was simply to reinforce their idea that they preferred traveling with their family).
Book Your Next Big Trip Today
Whether this blog has hit the nail on the head and convinced you that taking a solo trip is the next thing you want to do or you’re still pretty sure that taking a family vacation is the way to go, we’re here to help. Fortunately there’s no wrong answer and we have plenty of vacation packages to suit the needs of all different types of travelers. Prefer a beach vacation where you can get your toes in the sand? Would you rather visit a large city and spend your time doing some exploring? How about something completely different?
No matter what you want to do or where you’d like to go, we have you covered. Best of all, our prices just can’t be beat. Regardless of what the perfect vacation looks like to you, we can make it a reality at Vacation Strategy. Book your trip today!
- Janero Gonzales