Whilst at university, you are likely surrounded by students who are eager to travel whether around the UK or abroad. While trips away with friends are undoubtedly an amazing experience and an adventurous way of making memories together, solo travelling also has its perks. Travelling alone gives you the flexibility to explore new places what, when, and how you want, and is the perfect way to get out of your comfort zone, be independent and meet new people from across the world. So, if it’s something you’ve been considering, here is why a solo trip while at university could be ideal.
Meet New People From Different Cultures
Travelling alone is the best way to push yourself to socialise with new people. There is a vast network of affordable sociable or party youth hostels which are the perfect place to stay if you are looking to meet new friends. These hostels put on various activities, from bar crawls and boat parties, to walking tours and extreme sports.
I recently had an incredible time at a hostel in Riga, Latvia doing beer-tasting and rifle shooting with the other guests. People are usually friendly and welcoming and tend to have hilarious stories from their time travelling. If you are looking to stay in places for a few weeks or months, you can even get a job working in a hostel organising events and helping with housekeeping to fund your trip. This is one of the best things about taking a solo trip at university.
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New things And Unique Experiences
Travelling solo gives you optimum flexibility to explore what, when, and where you want to. Whether you plan your trip in advance or just book a flight and go with the flow, you can tailor your schedule to suit only yourself. This will allow you to find the perfect balance between partying, drinking, sightseeing, visiting museums and shows, hiking, and adventuring.
You will be more likely to plan and stick to a budget when travelling alone, and the flexibility of most university timetables will mean you can choose cheaper flights outside of the typical school holiday weeks.
From navigating communicating through language barriers, to using unfamiliar public transport networks, travelling solo will force you to get out of your comfort zone, speak to locals and ask for help.
Having the independence and courage to travel alone, meeting people as you go, is a useful and transferable skill to develop.
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