There is nothing worse than having the time and money to head on holidays and not being able to find ONE SINGLE PERSON to go with you.
If we had a penny for every time we heard 'oh sorry, me and Jimmy are going to Lanzarote in August' or 'I can't, I used up all my annual leave on weddings', we'd be able to rent our own private island.
Luckily, it's now easier than ever to say 'feck it' and just go on your own – without taking your life into your hands or spending your entire trip reading books over a candlelit dinner for one, thanks to USIT.ie.
In the last few years, USIT has sent thousands of Irish solo travellers on adventure tours all over the globe and to celebrate the growing popularity of solo travel, the company is giving 15% off selected tours and dates.
So if you’re thinking about going it alone, but not sure if you should, then read on…
1. You don’t have to wait for someone to go with you
As we mentioned, solo travelling means that you don’t have to keep putting off that trip you’ve always wanted to go on - which makes it ten times more likely that you'll actually go.
You don't want to be pining over that missed opportunity to see Cambodia on your deathbed.
2. You can leave on short notice
Finding time to travel is always difficult and if you have to coordinate with other people, chances are you’ll never do anything productive with it. If you only have yourself to answer to, you can go ahead and jump on a plane at a minute's notice.
(Well, maybe give it a week or two.)
3. You can travel the way you want to
People can be quite different in their travelling styles. Some people like staying in the cheapest hostel available and jumping on a train with no specific direction in mind. Others like planning ahead, researching and booking activities, and staying in nice hotels.
No more sitting through three-hour museum tours when all you really want to do is go mingle with the locals over a few pints.
4. It can be much, much more enjoyable
Some people are perfectly happy to sit by a pool all day and relax, while others get itchy feet and need to keep themselves busy. These opposite types of people often find it hard to get along on holidays and it can end in drama by the end.
If you're travelling on your own, you can nap if you feel tired or explore temples for hours without having to worry if anyone else if happy/bored.
5. You can be more flexible
There’s no requirement to get up early or meet people by a certain time. Planned to go on a hike but had one too many margaritas the night before? Stay in bed.
The only plan that you have to stick to is the requirement to head back home at the end!
6. You can meet new people
The whole idea of heading away is to experience a new perspective, not to have the same conversations that you'd be having in your local at home.
When you’re travelling with other people, it’s very easy to just stick with who you know. When you’re alone, it’s much easier to strike up a conversation in a hostel, café or just on the street.
Single? You might find the love of your life (or at least a sexy backpacker to keep you entertained!).
7. It's a major confidence boost
When you’re travelling alone, you have only yourself to rely on to make your plane on time, to get off at the right stop, to head in the right direction.
It's a great way to remind yourself how capable you are and can give you the confidence to pursue other goals. It's hard to feel bad about your life when you're sailing on a yacht in Croatia, am I right?
8. It's an escape from your mind
If you've been finding that things are getting on top of you, getting away can be a great chance to hit the reset button and give your brain a break. New experiences and challenges can provide a new perspective.
You're also much more likely to be taking part in fun physical activities, which are known to improve mental health.