I have traveled by myself many times. I would never call it alone! I traveled on business for the better part of twenty years. The most notable solo trip in my life, so far, was my journey across Russia on the Trans Siberian Railway in May, 2014. But I have been to Japan (Tokyo), Wimbledon, France (Champagne), Germany (Berlin), Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands (Amsterdam), and Belgium by myself as well.
I found this article: In recent years, interest in traveling alone has skyrocketed, and those in the travel industry all over the world have come up with ways to cater to this growing segment. If you’ve ever wanted to travel alone but been too afraid, if it’s something you did once and vowed never to do again, if you absolutely hate the idea of going somewhere without someone you know, now’s the time to reconsider. Think of it this way: You have a limited amount of time and money to spend on travel, so why not customize it to your individual preferences so that you can maximize your satisfaction? If that’s not enough to convince you, here are ten reasons why you should consider solo travel.
1. It makes trip planning easier. Or better yet, the lack of a plan. I go with a general plan, unless there are specific places to visit, like a particular site, restaurant, champagne house, or museum. But I hate the typical 8am to 9pm tour schedule with groups of any size. And when I travel with Mike, we have just a driver, and an English speaking guide who will take us only where we want to go.
2. You’ll get to enjoy for “Me Time”. I really wonder how many of us are happy being alone by choice? Though I prefer being busy most of the time, I do enjoy reading, resting, or some mindless project.
3. You’re the master of your itinerary.
4. You’ll make new friends. I have made friends all over the world, still in contact today!
5. Your experiences will be more meaningful.
6. It will boost your confidence.
7. It will make you a better traveler. Better, but still not perfect!
8. You can stay within your budget. Not really!
9. You’ll feel more satisfied in the end.
10. You’ll find the answer to an important question.
For myself, I keep a “general” schedule or what I want to see, do, or eat. Then, I alter my specific schedule based on when I am hungry, tired, bored, or adventurous. Obviously, there is no need to eat three meals a day, nor to eat them at regular intervals. And the choice to walk, cycle, drive, or take public transportation is always there, depending on your location. Spontaneity is your best friend!