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9 Ways to Know You’re Better Suited to Traveling Alone

9 Ways to Know You’re Better Suited to Traveling Alone

Traveling the world is one of the most tremendous and rewarding experiences a person can have. The people you meet along the way, the stories you create, and the unbelievable sights you see are all a big part of what makes it great. But it isn’t always easy to find people to join you on the journey. In this scenario, you may have to take on the world on your own. To help you, here are 9 ways to know if you’re better suited to traveling alone or if you should wait and find those perfect close friends.

1. When you’re out with a group of friends, you still chat to others and develop new relationships

To travel alone, you must be able to develop new relationships and interact with people from different and unique cultures.

When you’re out with a group of close friends, perhaps at a bar or football game, do you tend to break away from the group and have long conversations with other people? If this is the case you are undeniably better suited to traveling alone. Being social is a must if you plan to travel alone. It will be a difficult trip if you are constantly twiddling your thumbs by yourself, and far less enjoyable without some companions.

2. When traveling with a close group of friends, you still want to stay at a hostel

Traveling alone requires you to stay in hostels, on account of the affordability and unique social environment. If you’re going to stay in hostels then you might as well enjoy it.

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The benefit of traveling with your friends is the money saved on accommodation without sacrificing physical amenities, such as pools and gyms. In this case it makes sense to stay in a nice hotel rather than a hostel. But do you still prefer to stay in hostels? If you do then you are perfect for traveling alone. If you choose a hostel over a hotel, you must love the idea of meeting new people and making new friends. This will serve you well on a solo voyage and is a good indication you’re probably better suited to traveling alone.

3. You prefer a quick, cheap meal over going to a restaurant

If you plan to travel solo, then you must already understand that to most people finances can become an issue and you really don’t have much of an opportunity to dine at expensive restaurants.

A quick and cheap meal is essential to traveling alone if you want to get the most out of your finances. When traveling with friends you will always find yourself at a sit down restaurant which can hurt your wallet, so if you prefer quick and cheap meals traveling alone will suit you better. With the extra time you will be able to see more, keep moving and most importantly save yourself some money to extend the trip out a bit further.

4. You want to see all the sights rather than go out and sleep in

When traveling alone you will have plenty of opportunities to see all the sights. However if you are moving quickly from location to location you may need to get up early to see everything.

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A large number of people who travel alone are interested in taking in the culture of a new city and seeing what it has to offer. If you are the type of person that would rather get up early to make sure you see the sights rather than sleeping in, then solo travel is more your style. When traveling with friends, you will find you spend more time in bars and out on the town and as a result you find yourself sleeping in later. Getting up in the afternoon will make it difficult to see sights such as museums or art galleries, and if these are important to you traveling alone will be a better option.

5. You’re comfortable being alone

It may sound obvious, but to travel the world on your lonesome you need to be comfortable being on your own. Flights take time and the time in between making friends can be lonely, so be prepared for this if you are considering traveling alone.

Travel between locations can take hours, and if you’re really poor, maybe even days. If you are not yet able to make friends on your journey, you may find that this is time spent with no one but your own thoughts. If you are the type of person that needs to be around people, then traveling alone should not be at the top of your list. It can however be a great way to jump away from your comfort zone and if you’re itching to make a change then give it a shot, but be prepared to spend some time alone.

6. You don’t need other people’s approval to do things

Independence and the ability to not seek the approval of others will go a long way in taking the first step in going overseas. In life you will find that at any opportunity there is someone ready to voice their opinions and if you decide to travel alone you are sure to hear plenty.

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Quitting your job and putting your career on hold is unheard of to some people, especially some parents, so you must be independent and acknowledge that there are people that may not approve of your decision. Traveling the world and doing it on your own can be scary to those close to you and if you’re not an independent person and you find it hard disappointing people then traveling alone may be difficult. Traveling with friends during holidays and time off work will be a better option, rather than taking off on your lonesome.

7. You prefer going to bars over nightclubs

An indication that you are better suited to traveling alone, is if you prefer the bars over nightclubs.

Bars are known as a social gathering place, while nightclubs on the other hand are more known for dancing and having a few drinks. Bars are a place to socialize with the locals and enjoy the culture a little bit. People who are more interested in going to bars are generally more interested in conversing with others and this is certainly a positive for traveling alone.

8. You prefer your travel unscripted, rather than all planned out

Backpacking through Europe or road tripping across the States is often hard to script, you never know whats going to happen. If you’re the type of person that enjoys uncertainty and spontaneous adventures then traveling alone is definitely for you.

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Although you may have a plan when you first set off, it is more than likely going to change after you make new friends and decide to tag along on their travels. If you are a spontaneous person that loves not knowing, then traveling alone is definitely better suited to you.

9. You have an ambition to see the world

Seeing the world is tough to do, especially if you’re trying to plan it around friends’ schedules and other people’s lives. If seeing the world is on your bucket list then clearly you are better suited to traveling solo.

You will never be able to fulfill your dream of seeing the world if you can’t find the courage to take off and travel alone. People have their own goals and their own dreams and their lives are working around those, so it will be virtually impossible to find a friend to do it all with you. The older you become the more difficult it gets. Friends have children and get full-time jobs and this makes it tough to get up and travel the world. In this case you are certainly better suited to traveling alone, because if you don’t then it may be a dream unrealized.

Traveling alone is more difficult for some than others. If you feel you are the type of person demonstrated in this article then traveling alone is something you should seriously consider.

Featured photo credit: Diana Nguyen via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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