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3 hidden benefits of traveling solo

8/18/2014 

A lot of people would rather vacation in groups than travel by themselves. However, traveling alone can be extremely advantageous and a smart idea if you're on a tight budget. Here are three benefits to flying solo:

1. A one-man vacation can be a rare retreat
Whether your journey stretches across the globe or you are planning on United States travel, it's always nice to get away from the rest of the world and get in tune with an aspect of yourself that may have been lost to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. According to Conde Nast Traveler, a trip by yourself provides an opportunity for rare tranquility and self-reflection amid the non-stop lifestyle that most people are accustomed to. Break from the chaos of your daily routine and experience life on your own time, which can be more of a challenge while traveling with others.

It's become increasingly popular for single travelers to take yoga retreats. For example, Hawaii has become a vacation hot spot for those hoping to meditate and reflect through yoga. Conde Nast Traveler recommended exploring the volunteer-run Kalani on the Big Island, a great place for beginners.

For all of the trailblazers out there, hiking is also a perfect means for self-reflection. The source suggested taking a journey through Oregon's volcanoes or tackling the rustic challenge of the popular 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail located on the East Coast.

2. A chance to become fluent
Many people who travel abroad hope to become fluent in another language. When you're traveling with friends it can be extremely tempting to revert back to your comfort zone and speak English. Don't let going alone scare you into recruiting a companion.

Language immersion programs for student travel have proven to be very successful, offering rare cultural immersion opportunities. It's also a lot easier to make new friends, as you are much more willing to meet others when traveling alone, according to Huffington Post.

3. Accommodation becomes more affordable
When exploring your destination on your own, a great deal of inexpensive rooming options open up. Conde Nast Traveler include New York's two Pod Hotels in Midtown as some of the most desired accommodation choices for solo travelers. These pods offer a small single room with a twin bed and a flat-screen TV.

Both Narita Airport and Kyoto, Tokyo, also offer pods at a rate of less than $40 for nine-hour periods, the perfect amount of time to rest and organize yourself for another day of exploration.

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