The idea of solo travel can seem overwhelming and lonely. You'll never really be alone though.

Before I started out on my seven-month solo trip across Central America, I was prepared to watch many sunsets on my own, book a lot of tables for one, and get really, really used to keeping myself company. Instead, I found freedom, introspection and dozens of new life-long friends. When you break away from familiar faces and start to navigate on your own, you learn to overcome fears, break comfort zones and discover parts of yourself you never even knew existed.

At Dreamsea Costa Rica, a surf and yoga camp tucked away in the jungles of Tamarindo, Costa Rica, you’ll discover a community of travelers from all over the world who have discovered the benefits of solo travel. Here are a few of the reasons they prefer to book a ticket for one:

You Can be Your Most Authentic Self.

Sure, our friends know a lot about us and have a pretty good idea of who we are, but we’re complicated creatures. We are constantly growing and changing, and can sometimes feel trapped by the expectations of those we love. When you’re traveling alone, you have a unique opportunity to try on a new you. You can introduce yourself as whoever you want to be and journey closer to the most current and honest version of you. There is no one who knows your past, or to tell you that you’re acting out of character. This means you can work on new habits, embark down a new spiritual path or dabble in a different hobby (surf or yoga, anyone?). Solo travel allows you to discover new parts of yourself without the questions, judgement and pressure of those closest to you.

You don’t have to compromise on your dream vacation.

This is probably the biggest reason people decide to leave friends and partners behind during their travels. We work hard throughout the year and aren’t looking to cut corners when it comes to our much-earned holidays. When you’re by yourself, you have the freedom to check off as many things on your bucket list as you want – and you won’t get sucked into anything you don’t want to do. This also means you have the option to change plans on a whim if your wanderlust gets the best of you. Warning: this happens often!

You’re more likely to make very deep connections with new people.

This is usually the part that surprises people the most. Even though you’re technically not traveling with anyone, you very rarely find yourself alone. There are tons of people who are doing the exact same thing as you and are always looking for a new friend to join them on their adventures. Staying in places like Dreamsea Costa Rica, where community is the main focus, ensures you meet at least a few souls who match your vibe. Chances are though, you’ll meet a lot of them.

You’ll challenge yourself and grow.

I’m not going to lie. Some parts of traveling alone are hard. I can’t tell you how many times I got lost walking through a new town, thought I was getting on the wrong bus or felt slightly less than comfortable being alone. However, those are also the moments I remember the most. After every difficult situation, I felt stronger. Without having another person to lean on, I knew what I was capable of. The confidence you build from overcoming these obstacles seep into other aspects of your life, too. Before you know it, you’ll be taking more chances and living the life you’ve always wanted.

These are only a few of the reasons why solo travel has become so popular.

Every experience is different, and each person has their own list of reasons why they prefer to go it alone. The only way you’ll discover what yours are is by making the leap and just doing it. Take a deep breath, face your fears and reserve your spot at Dreamsea Costa Rica. Your new travel family is waiting for you!


THE WORDS: This post was written by Amanda Knaebel, a freelance writer who believes that life is just one big story waiting to be written. She loves yoga, nature, hammocks and meeting interesting people from around the world. She is currently traveling solo through Central America and plans to continue her journey around the world. You can follow her adventures on Instagram or read some of her other work through her Online Portfolio.


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