I started traveling solo many years ago mainly because I wanted to visit new places but could not get friends or family to come with me mostly because of scheduling conflicts or budget, so instead, I started traveling by myself.
Traveling with family, friends or groups can be a lot of fun plus the fact that it also usually means cost savings and depending of the destination, sometimes traveling in group is the right thing to do for safety reasons. None the less, there can be times when traveling solo can be a fun and very rewarding thing to do.
One of those times that I decided to travel solo, I choose a Windstar transatlantic cruise from Lisbon to Barbados and it turned out to be one of the best vacations I have ever had.
After recently having spent three months in Europe with a group of digital nomads (remote working group), It was time to come back to America. It turns out that during this time of the year, end of October, beginning of November, cruise lines reposition their ships from Europe to the Caribbean, so I finally had the chance to take that transatlantic cruise I had been wanting to take but never had the chance to.
Here are 5 reasons why taking a solo cruise and or travel solo, can be the best thing you ever do for your self:
1. Safety, it’s safe to cruise solo: you may be traveling alone, but you are in the company of fellow travelers and crew, this means there is someone always around if you need help and or company. I believe that a solo cruise is a perfect vacation for those weary travelers that are unsure if they could
2. Time for yourself: when you are traveling solo, its finally “You” time, you and only you set your schedule, so go crazy sleeping in, eating all the delicious food on board all Windstar Ships, then decide if you want to work it off or not, no one is judging. Take a wellness seminar or cooking class, get on a complementary paddle board while visiting a new port, go on a shore excursion or simply lay by the pool and reed that book you have been procrastinating to read, just because it all about “you”.
3. Rediscover yourself: if you are like most people, you probably work 40 + hours a week, have a family or pets to take care of and may or may not use all your vacation time every year. Traveling solo offers a unique opportunity, it’s all about “you” so take this time to remember what it is you like to do, what brings you joy, what invigorates you? And use this time to rediscover you.
4. You already have friends, but make new ones: whether you have a few friends or a lot, there is always time to meet new ones. On a Windstar Cruise you will have the luxury of traveling with no more than 212 guests and you will quickly find out that you can be alone when you want to and have company when you feel like it, however, you will discover rather quickly that you will find your self-meeting people every day and new making friends every step of the way.
5. You will learn what is truly meaningful to you: traveling alone has an intrinsic benefit and it is that it makes you really evaluate and appreciate what its important and meaningful to you. You will learn what you like/don’t like, discover places you will want to revisit, possibly alone or with loved ones and lastly, you most likely will return home with a more profound experience and eager to plan your next adventure.
There are many more reasons to travel solo, however, until you get out there and do it for yourself, you are missing out, so do yourself a favor and don’t wait any more, discover what all the fuss is about, and you will soon discover why traveling solo is so highly addictive.