Solo travel is huge right now and I have a feeling it’ll only get bigger. In a 2015 study by Visa, 24% of people travelled alone on their most recent overseas trip. More than 37 percent of millennials are planning a solo vacation this year alone. While more travellers are seeing the world solo, there remains a handful of myths that prevent a majority of aspiring travellers from seeing the world.

1. Solo travel is lonely.

One of the reasons I love travelling solo is getting to enjoy your own company. You can reconnect with yourself and experience the destination at your own pace. Going by yourself doesn’t mean you have to be alone the entire time. Sure, sometimes it can be lonely but it’s not enough to keep me from doing it. I try to see it as a great opportunity to meet others. I often go knowing that I’ll meet fun and interesting people along the way. Meeting locals and get to know them. I’ve even used Instagram and dating apps like Tinder to find travel buddies (attractive ones, I might add).

2. Solo travel is dangerous.

Travelling alone has taught me that the world is not as dangerous as many assume. Yes, some destinations are safer than others, but common sense can help keep you safe. I suggest researching what locals are like and any popular tourist scams. Let your hotel or host know where you’re going and when to expect your return. Always walk along well-lit streets with plenty of people around. Don’t keep all of your money and cards in one place. Get a local SIM card to easily stay connected with everyone back home. It doesn’t hurt to keep all emergency contacts, including your embassy details handy. Lastly, trust your instincts. If a particular person or place seems suspicious, don’t hesitate to leave immediately.

3. Solo travel is boring.

There are different kinds of fun. Going somewhere alone is boring if you make it boring. In my experience, travelling alone can be incredibly liberating. I can go where I want, eat what I want and do everything the way I want. Sounds selfish but I guess that’s another perk of travelling solo. Your plans can be spontaneous and exciting as you choose.

4. Solo travel is for single people.

According to the same Visa study, a solo traveller nowadays is just as likely, if not more likely, to be married or in a committed relationship. Crazy, right? The stereotypical solo traveller has traditionally been single but times are changing. A few of my best friends are married or in committed relationships but frequently travel solo. I’ve been in serious relationships and travelled solo as well. So yeah, there’s no excuse.

5. Solo travel is too much work.

Yep, you’ll have to plan everything yourself (unless you hire me), but it’s far easier planning a solo trip than any group trip. Trust me, I’ve organized dozens of international group trips for Travel Noire. You have the liberty to plan as little or as much as you want. I’ve travelled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and spent nearly all my time relaxing in the hotel. On the other hand, I’ve stayed in some of the nicest hotels in the world but spent no time in the room.

But seriously, if you want to travel solo (or in a group) but don’t want to plan, I can help. I’ve designed and led dozens of successful experiences for hundreds of happy travellers.

Book your next trip with me here.