Table for One: The Benefits of Traveling Solo

And Why You Should Dump Your Travel Buddy

6 min readApr 26, 2023


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Are you faced with the choice of traveling alone or not traveling at all? Don’t worry, solo travel is not the end of the world. In fact, it might even be better than dealing with the constant bickering and compromise of traveling with a group. Here are some of the pros to traveling alone and the best cities for solo travel, according to a very biased and sarcastic travel writer.

1. Complete Freedom and Control

Who needs friends when you can have complete control over your travel itinerary? Want to sleep in until noon and watch an entire season of “Real Housewives” in one sitting? No problem. IT’S YOUR VACAY! Love museums? Spend all day in one. Hate museums? Skip them completely. When you’re traveling alone, you have complete freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. No need to consult with anyone else or worry about their preferences. It’s just you, your thoughts, and maybe your Netflix queue.

Making compromises is a necessary part of everyday life, but when it comes to the expense and internal value of vacation, I think we should indulge our instincts to decrease or eliminate the desires of others, at least even for a short while.