Why Travel Alone
Your first time traveling alone can often feel like a spiritual experience. So many new sites, smells and encounters without secondhand influence can be powerful stuff. It's okay to indulge, traveling alone is worth it.
Of course, traveling alone has its cons as well - like loneliness or safety concerns. But common sense and good planning should take care of those situations. We're of the mindset that everyone should travel alone at least once. Not only will you see your destination from a new light, but you'll also learn a ton about yourself in the process.
Traveling alone often makes meeting new people (locals or fellow travelers) even easier. Strike up a conversation with your waiter, make friends with likeminded travelers at your hostel, etc. Solo travelers will often make friends and travel together for parts of their trips which can be a good option if you're feeling lonely. Meeting new people is a great part of traveling by yourself but don't be afraid of staying solo, you might learn to love your own company.
Travel With Purpose
Want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Travel to Brazil and train with the pros. Want to learn everything about wine? Book a stay in the Tuscan countryside of Italy. Want to learn to speak Spanish? Enroll in Spanish classes in Costa Rica. There are a million ways to travel with a purpose they will all help you make local connections, have amazing experiences and take some pressure off of traveling solo.
Don't miss out on an amazing meal because you are embarrassed about eating dinner alone. Most people won't even notice and if they do, who cares!? Some solo travelers prefer to sit at the bar but honestly, anywhere will do. You can always bring a book that you can read if you start feeling a little awkward.
This is often the biggest deterrent for travelers thinking about a solo trip. But safety in numbers isn't always true as solo travelers can usually blend in better than a group. While traveling solo can be perfectly safe, always be aware of your surroundings, watch your drinks, be aware of local scams and use common sense. It is also a big help to learn at least some basic words and phrases in the local language.