When it comes to solo adventure missions, everyone has different attitudes and opinions. For some it’s the dream of a lifetime, for others it’s a more daunting idea.

Appealing yes, but in reality it can be quite terrifying.

Kelly Jackson, General Manager of Contiki talks us through five of the benefits of travelling solo and what you’ll learn about yourself along the way:

Ultimate freedom

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“One of the best things about travelling solo is that you get to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

“Don’t want to go to an art gallery today? Visit the market instead! Want to stay out all night or catch a few extra zzzs? No one will be telling you what to do,” says Kelly. “You get to call the shots and spend your time doing what YOU want to do.”

Friends, friends, friends

While travelling, it’s inevitable that you’ll meet heaps of new people. Being away from your normal group of friends puts you outside your comfort zone. You can’t sit back and let the conversation happen, you have to go and find it, get involved and let your personality shine.

“Travelling solo puts you in situations that at first you may feel uncomfortable with but trust us, you CAN go over to that group of friendly looking peeps and just start chatting away. It’s kind of the unwritten rule of travelling,” Kelly adds.


Maybe not in terms of the history of France (unless you pay close attention) but you’ll definitely learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of.

What could be a bigger confidence booster than knowing you can survive in a completely foreign country on your own?

Being out of your comfort zone and your everyday expectations of yourself is a fantastic thing as it opens up a whole new way of thinking and seeing the world. After all, what could be a bigger confidence booster than knowing you can survive in a completely foreign country on your own?

New challenges

“You didn’t think you’d ever be able to navigate your way through the New York City subway system or through the rabbit warren streets of London? Well, you might just surprise yourself,” says Kelly. When you’re in a different country you face new challenges that from the outside might seem impossible, but soon you’ll discover that you can manage it.

Trying new things

You may end up trying those once-in-a-lifetime experiences – going on that white-water rafting day trip or paragliding the Tyrol – that you would never have done if you’d been in the familiar comfort of your own country, with your friends. Because hey, YOLO!

If you want to know more about travelling solo with Contiki then contact them on (011) 280 8400 or visit contiki.com