You don’t need a traveling buddy to see the world.

According to Forbes, solo travel will be a top trend in vacationing in 2017, and Fodor’s Travel says that a solo travel experience should be on your bucket list for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, planning a unique vacation for yourself is a lot easier than figuring out different schedules and budgets with your friends. When you’re flying solo – literally – you can simply choose your destination and go – no need to wait on friends or family to decide they are also itching to see Reykjavik. Traveling solo means you’re the one who gets to decide where you go, what you see, and what you do while you’re there so there’s no competing interests or arguments over what your itinerary should look like.

Another valuable quality of solo travel is that you get exclusive “me time.” Since we spend most of our days plugged in, looking at computer screens and pleasing others – whether it’s friends, family, clients or coworkers – taking time to go out into the world by yourself can be freeing. You don’t have to worry about texting to meet up with friends or dealing with customer requests or finishing that report for the boss. Spend some time solo on your next trip and just enjoy your own company.

Traveling by yourself also puts you and you alone in charge of your interactions and experiences. That means you can interact with the locals, make friends with natives or other travelers, and manage navigating a new environment all on your own. While this may seem a bit terrifying at first, it’s an incredible way to gain life experience and boost your self-confidence and knowledge. In fact, Elite Daily says people who travel alone are wiser as a result of all their experiences.

You don’t have to do it all alone, however. At Blue Horizon Travel, we offers custom vacation package and tour services to help you plan your first solo trip. Whether you want to go somewhere tropical or European or do something completely off the beaten path, our experienced travel experts are standing by to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

If you’re interested in the idea of a solo trip, but not quite ready to plan an entire itinerary on your own, our upcoming tours and events are the ideal way to go with a group while still having time to yourself. Our unique tours provide an opportunity to travel to unique destinations and have an engaging and immersive itinerary with other solo and small traveler groups, giving you the chance to see the world in a semi-guided environment.

No matter what you’re looking for, we can help you get there at Blue Horizon. Call us today at 309-526-3499 to get started.