Married Solo Travel: Why I Still Travel Alone
I am lucky enough to have spent the last 5 years married to my husband. In that time I traveled quite a bit. Even though my husband often does come with me, he can't always come which means I often find myself traveling solo or with other family or friends. Over the years I've found that solo travel as a married woman is a unique experience and one that I have come to love and appreciate. Often times people don’t get why I would want to spend so much time away from my husband or experience new places by myself so here are just a few reasons why I continue to travel seperate from my spouse.
I often have found myself traveling alone simply because I had the flexibility to. While it would be AMAZING to have my husband come along, neither of us want to miss out on opportunities just because the other person can't come. We both support each other in taking opportunities as they come. Sometimes that means that I go and he doesn't and sometimes it is the other way around.
Even if he COULD come every time, I genuinely enjoy going out on my own sometimes. I love traveling with my husband. We are generally really in sync when it comes to our travel routines and he is a great travel partner. But going solo is sometimes good, it gives us something to talk about and lets us each have our own time to do some of the things we love.
Traveling solo also allows me to meet new people. I am a really social person and it can be so difficult to make new friends as a married person. Traveling on my own gives me a chance to interact with new people which I LOVE. I love getting to stay at hostels, meet new people, and enjoy the experience of solo budget travel.
If I skipped out on traveling without my husband I wouldn’t have been able to study abroad in Uganda. I would have missed seeing countless countries around the world. I would never have met some of the incredible friends I have made over the years. The experiences I have had over the years have made me who I am and made me a better person and I am grateful for that.
Solo travel as a married person is not for everyone, but in general it is an experience I enjoy. Everyone should feel like that is a choice they have despite the social pressure to put an end to solo travel once you have a partner. So if you're wondering if you should still buy that plane ticket even though your significant other can't come along, my answer is a a resounding "YES!"