Just the thought of traveling solo scares some travelers as they imagine everything and anything that could happen to them while being so far away from home. The loneliness and vulnerability of being on your own for long periods of time is certainly not for everyone. But in reality, a solo backpacking adventure provides many surprising advantages that may be appealing to some travelers, like the following:
Of course, there are some important considerations to be made before traveling alone:
If you do travel on your own, your trip may cost you a bit more than if you went with someone else. You won't have a partner or two to share food, transportation or accommodation expenses with (ie. taking a cab, renting a car or staying in a cheaper hotel). As well, the security of companionship may be sorely missed. Traveling alone can give you the feeling of being more vulnerable to theft of injury.
Traveling solo gives you a great feeling of independence. You are in complete control of your travel experience. It also allows you to travel at any time of the year, when you are able to, rather than trying to coordinate time with someone else. Whether you travel with someone, or go solo, you will meet many people as you mix and mingle with locals and other travelers.
If you are looking for a travel mate, check out the Connecting Solo Travel Network which may help you get connected with someone with similar travel interests.