If you took first year psychology, and even if you didn't, you likely know about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Bear with me… I have a point.
It is a theory developed to explain what motivates humans. If the basic needs of survival are not met, the individual is only motivated to attend to those needs. Once satisfied, people move up the hierarchy.
In North American, Europe, and many other parts of the world, our physiological, safety, and social needs are, for the most part, met. So we reach for the top two categories: esteem and self-actualization.
You Alone. Traveling. Powerful.
Solo travel is an esteem builder. And, to some degree it helps with self-actualization. Solo travel builds confidence and a sense of achievement, both of which are needed to build self-esteem. In the self-actualization category, solo travel presents opportunity for spontaneity and problem solving.
When traveling solo, you alone are free to follow your interests and personal needs and you alone are responsible for the outcome. If your basic needs are in pretty good shape and you want to improve on the higher-order needs, maybe it's time to plan a trip and travel solo.
What do you think? Has solo travel helped you with self-esteem and self-actualization?
To get more practical and specific information as to why it's a good idea to travel alone read: Top 10 Reasons You Love to Travel Solo, 10 Reasons Students Should Travel Solo and, of course, the free ebook:Glad You're Not Here: the solo traveler's manifesto.