You’re sat at the table, in a busy café, on your own. What do you do? Do you pick up your phone, avoid all possible eye contact, and quickly search for a distraction? Or do you embrace the space, look around, and watch the world go by?
If the latter is you, maybe you’ve already experienced the benefits of solo travel.
You don’t need a companion to explore the world…
For many of us, the thought of taking a solo journey on anything longer than the daily commute is a daunting prospect. Aside from the practical challenges (who can help carry your many suitcases?), there’s also the mental challenge of having to make your own adventure, be at one with your thoughts, and be comfortable getting to know new people.
However, if you can take a leap of faith and overcome these, and you’ll be lucky enough to discover what an enriching and fulfilling experience solo travel can be.
The volume of solo travellers is on the rise in 2017:
“With a surge in women-only retreats and women-only travel companies, we see an uptick in solo travel, especially with women. This emerging trend falls in step with independent travel booking as travellers continue to look for more personal, enriching experiences.” – Forbes
Here are five reasons why you should try solo travel, at least once in your lifetime.
You’ll meet new people, taste new flavours and learn new cultures
A sunny solo adventure with a perfect blend of flavours and cultures
Your destination: Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau at Constance Belle Mare Plage.
This annual culinary festival held in Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage is a perfect choice for a sunny solo adventure in the Indian Ocean. Take a look at this year’s edition. If it whets your appetite, we’ll see you for the next edition!
Visit Constance Belle Mare Plage on your solo travel trip
Travelling solo is a great opportunity to step outside of your day-to-day friendship group and meet new people who share your interests. Whether it’s the locals sitting alongside you, or fellow travellers enjoying the beach. You could meet new friends and forge a lasting friendship!
You might discover a new passion
Discover a new passion like @iam_erytan
Travelling with old friends inevitably leads to the same old holiday routines. Dare to drop the comfort blanket of another person, and you’ll feel emboldened to try new things at your own pace.
Step out of your comfort zone, and try a new activity or past-time on your solo travel holiday. You’ll feel your inhibitions melt away, and who knows, you might discover a new passion to take back home with you!
You’ll make your own adventure
Adventure awaits, take inspiration from the baby turtle at Constance Tsarabanjina
There’s nothing more frustrating than spending your hard-earned holiday time, doing what someone else wants to do. Don’t fancy another day trip? It’s totally OK as travelling solo allows you to be healthily selfish, and do what makes YOU happy.
It’s your holiday, after all.
Hit the beach, read a book, take a hike or do some yoga. Let no one judge you, doing what you desire. It’s your holiday, after all.
You can throw away the schedule
Float away from the schedule, like @inkatariina at Constance Moofushi
There is nothing more liberating than getting rid of the plan, and being impulsive.
Travelling solo means you can wake up each day (whenever you want) and decide what you want to do. Eat breakfast when you want, or not at all. Hit the beach, or the golf course. Explore your surroundings, or stay in the resort. The holiday is yours to enjoy.
You’ll enjoy some ‘me’ time
Enjoy some ‘me’ time, like @madelainegawaran
Perhaps the most daunting of all the solo travel challenges, is also the most rewarding. In today’s world of hyper-connectivity, you never really get to be alone.
Being alone can be one of the most fulfilling experiences, as you begin to discover more about yourself and enjoy your well-deserved me time. Learn how to enjoy your own company on your solo travel, and you’ll never feel alone again.
Your solo destination: Constance Tsarabanjina Madagascar
Experience the ultimate solo chill, at our laid-back, eco-friendly resort where WIFI is not on the agenda. You’ll be able to appreciate your solo trip without being disturbed by continuous beeps and ringing!
If you’d like to conquer your inhibitions and take a solo trip, why not consider the Maldives as your solo travel destination, or one of our seven luxurious locations in the Indian Ocean?
Dip your toe in the water at Constance Hotels & Resorts – where a friendly face and the warmest hospitality await you.
Have you enjoyed a luxurious solo trip before, or are you taking one soon? Tell us all about it in the comments below!