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Why Solo Travel Can Be Good For Introverts

Posted: December 14, 2015 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (12)

Do you love spending time alone? Or does hanging out with a big group drains you out? Then my friend, you’re probably an introvert.

Introversion is a personality trait. In contrast with what many people think, it’s different from being shy. Shy people avoid social situations but not introverts. We love to socialize but after spending some time in groups, we need to be on our own to recharge. Because unlike extroverts, we expand rather than gain energy when we socialize especially with strangers.

Some people think that solo traveling and introversion isn’t a good combination. But as an introvert myself, I believe solo travel can be good for introverts. Here’s why:

Solo traveling lets you choose who you want to hang out with.

Having the freedom to travel anywhere you want and hang out with anyone you like is among the best things of solo travel. You can choose to spend more time with two ladies you met in a park and decline a group’s invitation for a party, without the added guilt. This is harder to do if you travel with someone or with a group with a different preference.

Traveling on your own lets you recharge whenever and wherever you want.

Tired of seeing another temple? No problem. You can choose to stay in your room or spend some quiet time in a cafe. You can recharge anytime and anywhere you want. There’s no one to please and there’s no one to tell you how you should spend your day.

It pushes you outside your comfort zone.

Oftentimes, we get so used to ourselves and our closest friends that we rarely realize that we’re keeping ourselves in our comfort zone. This is why solo traveling can be good for introverts.

It pushes you outside your comfort zone. You learn to approach people and learn the art of small talk even if you still dislike it most of the time.

Solo travel makes you realize that it’s totally okay to be alone.

In a society that seems to value extroversion more, we sometimes develop ambivalent feelings towards our introvert tendencies. But when you go on a trip on your own, you begin to realize that people’s opinion doesn’t matter anymore. You begin to realize that it’s totally okay to be alone even if others think otherwise.

Are you an introvert? Do you love solo trips too?

Share your thoughts below!

  • Girl Unspotted

    “Solo travel makes you realize that it’s totally okay to be alone.” Perfectly said! I love traveling alone because it lets me control my entire itinerary and do only thing I need to consider is my own satisfaction (and safety).

  • Laura Lynch

    I am definitely an introvert and I agree that traveling solo can be a good thing. It can also be really isolating though because as a genuine introvert you are less likely to strike up a conversation or ask for help when it’s needed.

  • I soooo much agree 🙂 Being the introvert myself, you put it correctly – we love to socialize but need the time for myself to recharge. SO true for myself. Great to see I am not the only one :)) Very well written!

  • I’m an introvert for sure, but never travel solo. I love travelling with my other half because it means we can be anti social together and not feel the need to socialise with others. But at the same time it means we don’t make an effort, and I totally see that travelling solo would push us out of that comfort zone, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

  • I am totally a introvert and agree with everything. I push myself to the limits and always to get out there when travelling solo!

  • I’m an introvert too and I agree that new places and new experiences can motivate you to be your better self 🙂

  • Definitely! It’s scary at first but just like wine, it gets better in the long run 🙂

  • Great to know that Anita!

  • I once read travel stories of introvert couples and they seem to enjoy doing it as a team 🙂 I’d like to try it soon with my partner.

  • You’re not alone Nika 🙂

  • I totally agree with you Laura! Sometimes I have this love-hate relationship with dorms because as much as I’d like to make more friends, I also want a lot of time to be on my own.

  • That’s right 🙂 I find traveling alone less draining as I don’t have to compromise anything (though it can get lonely too at times). Thanks for dropping by!