Don't get me wrong, travelling with friends can be a great way to see the world. It's very important to have someone around if you find yourself in trouble. But to get the best travel experiences, often all we need is ourselves.
1. Create your own route (and alter it)
How many times have you been out and about with a group, only to have the typical fight of what to do next? You may be the one that wants to stick with the itinerary, or the one that never does. Either way, solo travel eliminates those discussions altogether.
You may find yourself with new opportunities to venture off the course. For me, there is nothing worse than driving right by something that sparks my interest. Go where you want to go.
2. Go at your own pace.
Getting up at 5am to catch the sunrise not your thing? Or maybe you are the early bird that has to get up quietly as to not wake the rest of the group. Send those issues out the window by going at it alone! When I'm tramping around new areas, I prefer to forget about the clock almost completely let go, except for when there's a sunrise to catch. See what you want to see.
3. No distractions.
Going alone, you might find yourself in your new secret spot that no one else has been, far away from human activity. Or perhaps in a sea of people, but somehow still alone in your thoughts. You can take in the surroundings and really focus on why you chose to travel there. Was it to get away from city life, or was it to experience it? Were you looking to find some place not seen by many others, or to see a popular spot for the first time? Whatever your reasons, put down the camera for a minute, turn off the phone, and just be there. You will be amazed at how much more you see when you do so.
Not everyone has the capacity to go it alone. But if you do, I most certainly recommend it. My only hope is that this has somehow inspired you to leave the house and go exploring, with someone or alone!
Written by Dean Chytraus
Dean is a THISWORLDEXISTS Brand Ambassador. You can see more of Dean's adventures on Instagram: @chytrausphoto