travel-soloTaking a vacation, for some, means jetting off to resorts with a bunch of friends and family members, wanting to do nothing but laze by the beach. That’s fun, but you have to try travelling alone at least once in your lifetime. It’s an amazing way to get out of an existential crisis too. Here are more reasons why you should go solo!

You save quite a bit

In order to save a considerable amount, don’t be too picky and remember to allocate your budget wisely! It doesn’t mean you choose a dorm infested with creepy crawlies at the lowest price. You just have to do lots of research and take note of which hostels let you rent a bed and corresponding locker at a cheaper price. In short, keep an eye out for deals, like those on Hotels.com (<3.0% cashback). For example, Hotels.com has a reward that lets you get a free night if you collect 10 nights. 10 nights easily accumulate after a trip or two, and that free night may really come in handy if you intend to save on accommodation for your next trip! Groupon also has some cheap all-inclusive travel packages that make it great for those who want to spend as little as possible on flights and accommodation

hotelscom-deals-myA snippet of the deals you can find on Hotels.com

Also, use walking as a means of getting around the area instead of public transportation so you familiarise yourself with the surroundings and save more money! 

At the same time, indulge guilt-free

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Because you aren’t obliged to take care of anyone but yourself. You can roam as a free bird at your own timing and target and not hold back. Want to head back and take a nap in the middle of the day? Go ahead! Nobody’s going to make you feel bad about anything.

You gain confidence

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You are forced to get out of your comfort zone. You’ll probably meet new people from your hostel or dorm, forging connections and memories that will last for perhaps a lifetime. Through each conversation with people as you navigate through foreign streets, you become braver and bolder. 

If you’re lucky, you might even get invited to Couchsurf.

You read voraciously

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Travelling alone gives you the opportunity to just sit back, relax, and get into the habit of reading. There won’t be internet access in a foreign country for you to check what #ootd or #tbt your friends are doing on Instagram. Instead, make use of precious solitary moments and read! To maximise baggage space, carry a kindle along with you instead of the hardcopy Game of Thrones book that’s about 10 centimetre thick. 

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We recommend: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2014 edition) for RM438, available at this low price on Groupon Malaysia.

It’s not as scary as you think

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Keep a watchful eye on your valuables. Put them in safe places, for instance, purchase a travel security wallet for your passport and IDs from Lazada. For just under RM25, you can get one that prevents digital hackers from stealing your cards. Get it on Lazada and receive 4.0% cashback. You can also apply Lazada coupons to get additional discounts! And, you’ll find that not everyone is a scary thug waiting to rob you – that is, if you do your research thoroughly enough and you blend in well. Check out their range of travel security items here.

As cheesy as it sounds, you may even find yourself in the process of getting lost in a foreign place. (Of course, don’t wander off on purpose during a #YOLO whim.) Point is, when you’re travelling alone, you observe your surroundings differently and you slowly learn what independence is all about. 

Don’t land yourself into a debt trying to go overseas though! Be sure to compare prices and more importantly, reviews, on sites like Hotels.com (3.0% cashback), Agoda (RM20 cashback), or Expedia (<8.0% cashback) – don’t forget to use ShopBack to get your cashback.

Ready to start your solo journey? Become a member of ShopBack and you can plan your trip, from flights, to accommodation, to local attractions, through our various online travel sites. Members don’t just get discounts, they also get cashback on their bookings!

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What’s cashback? In simple terms, ShopBack offers you an amount of cash refund after making a purchase from the sites listed on our homepage – so in a way, you get further discounts!