8 things you can do on a solo vacation (that are hard in a group)

Exploring a new city on your own is a whole new (exciting!) game altogether

8 things you can do on a solo vacation (that are hard in a group)
8 things you can do on a solo vacation (that are hard in a group)
26 Mar 2015

8 things you can do on a solo vacation (that are hard in a group)

Travelling with a bunch of pals is loads of fun – you get to bond in an exciting new destination while experiencing all kinds of cool overseas activities together. However, embarking on a solo voyage has its perks too, allowing you to do a ton of things that might not be possible (or at least, easy) with two, three, four or more in your touristy group:

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YOU GET TO DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES
YOU GET TO DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES
26 Mar 2015

YOU GET TO DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES

When you’re flying solo, you can put your itinerary together in a way that pleases no one but yourself. Just imagine: you can spend the entire day picking activities with only one person to please (that’s yourself) and not have to worry a second about someone else finding them mundane, unappealing or pointless, be it café-hopping, visiting every museum in the vicinity, or bargain-hunting at vintage flea markets.

And, on days when you’re just too tired and unmotivated to do any exploring, you can feel free to chill in your accommodation without fearing the repercussions of a scorned travel buddy who insists on spending every single second trying something new.

HUNGRY GO WHERE? WELL, ANYWHERE YOU WANT
HUNGRY GO WHERE? WELL, ANYWHERE YOU WANT
26 Mar 2015

HUNGRY GO WHERE? WELL, ANYWHERE YOU WANT

Forget arguing over which restaurant to go to in a foreign country, this is a dilemma most folks face in the comfort of their own hometown. It can, however, be made ten times worse in a new city: friend A could insist on being adventurous and indulging in a spread of weird local cuisine (“This is the only time we’ll ever have the chance to eat this!”), while friend B gags at the thought of even being near such a strange substance and would rather suss out the nearest pizza joint, and friend C shuns either option because of a random ramen craving. By the end of it all, everyone is hungry and grumpy and refuses to even sit next to each other.

On your own, you could even settle for instant noodles for every meal and no one will be able to say a thing.

THE ONLY BUDGET YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IS YOUR OWN
THE ONLY BUDGET YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IS YOUR OWN
26 Mar 2015

THE ONLY BUDGET YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IS YOUR OWN

The thing about traveling with one person or more is that there are different agendas and trip goals to cater to. This means having to set aside cash not just for the stuff you want to accomplish, but also for your buddies’ – and they might not necessarily be cheap. With only one traveller (that is, yourself) to be accounted for, you needn’t worry about forking out extra dough to visit a theme park that doesn’t even tickle your fancy, or to catch a stage play you’ve already seen twice in other cities, just to make everyone (except your wallet) happy.

On the flipside, you’re also spared from dealing with scrooges who shun everything that threatens to desecrate their strict budget – if you want to visit an ultra atas and costly celebrity chef restaurant or spontaneously buy front row tickets to a concert in the area, there’ll be no one around to say, “Huh, expensive leh, don’t want lah.”

NO BEDTIME, NO ALARM CLOCK, NO PROBLEM
NO BEDTIME, NO ALARM CLOCK, NO PROBLEM
26 Mar 2015

NO BEDTIME, NO ALARM CLOCK, NO PROBLEM

Some people are the living embodiment of “early to bed, early to rise”, while others are night owls who will feel like shooting someone if awakened before a certain time. While it’s good to create and stick to a personal timetable, it is also less stressful to go with the flow according to your personal sleeping habits and pattern: a late riser needn’t answer to a sprightly morning person trip partner who’s raring to go for breakfast at the crack of dawn, and someone who has to be in dreamland by midnight can hit the sack as early as they want without someone harping away about how the night is still young.

Bonus: you can also catch some Z’s in the middle of the day if you feel like it without being reproached for wasting time while on holiday. Hey, naps are important too!

ANY PLACE YOU VISIT HAS 100% OF YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION
ANY PLACE YOU VISIT HAS 100% OF YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION
26 Mar 2015

ANY PLACE YOU VISIT HAS 100% OF YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION

Being alone inevitably forces you to direct your complete focus to your surroundings, which is a major plus point when you’re in a new country. Every single location you step foot into has your full and unwavering attention when you don’t have others to entertain or interact with, and you can remain in the same place, taking in every bit of the sights and sounds for as long as you want, without being interrupted by a premature call to move on to the next destination.

YOU CAN INDULGE IN TIME FOR YOURSELF WHEN THE NEED ARISES
YOU CAN INDULGE IN TIME FOR YOURSELF WHEN THE NEED ARISES
26 Mar 2015

YOU CAN INDULGE IN TIME FOR YOURSELF WHEN THE NEED ARISES

For some people, particularly introverts, a few moments blissfully void of any human interaction is essential for maintaining a sane mind. While it may be difficult – and even a bit rude – to “switch off” your sociable side when you’re temporarily joined at the hip with your travel mates, it’s something you can do whenever you like, for however long you need, when it’s just you, yourself and you.

THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE (AND ACTUALLY GET TO KNOW THEM BETTER)
THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE (AND ACTUALLY GET TO KNOW THEM BETTER)
26 Mar 2015

THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE (AND ACTUALLY GET TO KNOW THEM BETTER)

It’s only natural to stick with your travel group almost 24/7 when you’re out of town, which makes it a bit tougher to break out of your clique to mingle with the locals or with other lone wanderers. And even if you do make an acquaintance with someone when you’re on foreign soil with friends, it’s pretty difficult to end up hanging out and developing a deeper relationship with them (which you can do if you’re all by yourself) when there’s no guarantee your other pals will fully welcome the new addition – after all, it’s unfair to plan a trip with folks from home, only to end up dedicating your time to someone else you just met on your journey.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS
26 Mar 2015

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS

And in any other city, for that matter. If you do something completely mortifying (whether intentionally or not) overseas by yourself, not a soul back home has to know a thing about it. So get out there and try a bunch of silly but fulfilling things you would never be able to live down if your friends ever found out about it – just stay safe and don’t make it into the news.

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