Traveling alone can be intimidating, but it is the adventure of a lifetime. Aside from being budget-friendly, it's super easy to do whatever you want, it's a huge confidence boost, and it's just incredible fun!
Reykjavik ~$35/night, breakfast extra (Reykjavik Downtown Hostel); Berlin ~$30/night, breakfast included (Lekkurlaub); Maastricht ~$35/night, breakfast included (Stayokay Hostel); Monschau ~$30/night, breakfast included (Jugendherberge Burg); Brussels ~$90/night, breakfast included (Dame du Carreau); Paris ~$85/night, breakfast included (3 Ducks Hostel); Barcelona ~$35/night, breakfast included (St. Christopher's)
Logistics are a breeze!
One carryon. Done.
Wherever you go, there's plenty of room for you.
Table for one means there's always an opening.
I could have stood in a line of over 200 people, but a smile and a chat and a "oui" to "Est-ce juste vous?" got me right inside!
37 days. One backpack.
Traveling alone means you rely on you to get around - translator apps are okay in some circumstances, but you can't have the phone stuck to your face the whole time. Being "forced" to really pay attention to your surroundings is a good thing. Words become familiar surprisingly fast, and there's a great sense of accomplishment in ferreting out the meaning for yourself.
Solo travel allows you to breathe and reflect on your experiences. Writing every day takes conscious effort, but is worth it in terms of committing the experience to memory and slowing down to focus on the meaningful bits.
The Eiffel Tower and windmills are wonderful, but traveling alone allows you to make your own priorities and move away from the touristy to-do list. Seek out the sights and experiences that will make your heart and soul happy.