As I have mentioned a few times, I went to Sicily a few weeks back for a week away. I didn't go with friends or family, I went alone. Some people thought it was amazing, something people were confused and some people just thought I was strange. I know so many people who have traveled alone and it was something I had wanted to do for a while, so it was a natural thing for me to do. Since returning, I've thought it through and think that everyone should travel alone at least. Now I know for some people, it's not possible but if you can, I would seriously consider it and here is why...
You'll make so many new friends. This is the main thing I realised and one of the first things what happened to me. I stayed in a hostel in the center of the city so I was surrounded by people who were also travelling alone and were looking to make friends. On my first day there, I made friends in the line for the bus as she was the only English speaking girl and I wasn't sure what to do with the ticket. I ended up spending the whole day with her and have made plans to meet up with her once she moves back to London. The next day I made good friends with someone at the hostel and then ended up spending the week with her.
No one there to stop you doing things. Sometimes you can go away with friends or family and you'll want to do something else than the others. This way I had no one to stop me doing things, if I wanted to do something, I would do it alone.
You have unlimited time to be alone. I think you have to be a certain type of person to be spend so much time alone and I am that type of person. I'm perfectly comfortable in my own company and I really enjoyed it. Even if I was lay on the beach surrounded by other people I had just met, I was alone and I loved it.
You step out of your comfort zone. Following on from the last one, you have to be brave. I couldn't speak a word of Italian but I had to go with whatever I thought when I was getting around. Attempting to get public transport is fairly easy once you get the hang of it as it's the same in every country. Just trying to pronounce the cities name is the hardest part.
A break from reality. This is what I needed the most, a break from life in London. Every now and then it gets a bit too much for me and that's when I usually escape back up North to my home, this time it was just to a different country. It's a sort of breath of fresh air, clean good Italian air. It just forces you to switch off as unless you want an expensive phone bill that month, you can't get 3G and are only restricted to wifi in the hotel.
Just a few of the reasons why but all I can say is that I'm already planning my next trip out of the country.