If you're toying with the idea of traveling solo, these 18 points might be able to convince you:
1. There's no time like the present
Before the serious adult-ing kicks in (read: children, mortgages, marriage), now's your chance to travel and explore. Just imagine: it's unlimited freedom, a lack of financial ties and ultimate flexibility to travel your own uninterrupted agenda. Explore the world while you can, and share the incredible stories later.
2. You can afford to travel now
Most people assume that travel has to be expensive–but that's not always the case. You won't mind living out of a backpack if you're traipsing unexplored countries and experiencing new and interesting cultures, especially as staying in hostels can be so affordable.
3. You'll grow more from traveling
Through travel, epic life lessons are learnt. Cue brand new experiences, lifelong friendships and a fresh perspective on the world. Yes, please.
4. You'll make incredible friends
During your travels, you will stumble across some incredible people who share your passion for adventure and life in general. With the freedom to explore new destinations in the safety net of a group, you'll be less worried about being 'solo' and more focused on creating "remember when" stories for years to come.
5. You'll have stories to tell
Things can get pretty boring when you're talking to the same people about the same things ALL. THE. TIME. Conversations repeated about what they've scrolled past on Instagram, who is wearing what or – even worse – what new diet they're trialling. Blah, blah, blah. While we get the odd kick out of these rants, there is nothing better than an awe-inspiring story as a friend recounts their global adventures.
6. Master your social skills
Still hanging out with the same group of friends you met at school and your first job? Traveling in your twenties pushes you to meet new people, strike up conversations and step outside your comfort zone.
7. You'll never regret it
You are not going to look back on your traveling photos in 20 years time and think "Oh, I wish I'd never done that."
8. You'll appreciate your independence
Stereotypically in your twenties, you probably don't have too many people who are hugely reliant on you—which is why it's the perfect time to pack up your life and get on a plane. You can develop your own skills, discover your strengths and weaknesses and do that "finding yourself" thing people always talk about.
9. It'll give you a chance to miss home
Plus, it'll help you escape the rut that you may have got stuck in at home. If you're feeling a bit bored of work/your mates/family life (don't lie), the opportunity to escape it all for a bit will give you the chance to spend some quality time on your ones.
10. Will there ever be a more prime time?
Listen, you might not feel secure enough in your career path, like you have enough money or that it's a prime time to go traveling: but really, will there ever be a better time? You'll be gutted if you never take the leap, and as sassy Instagram text posts always say: if not, when?
11. You'll learn to budget your money
Tired of living off baked beans? With another weekend looming and payday a million miles away sometimes it feels impossible to manage, but when you're on the road, you'll learn how to budget (mainly because you have no choice but to make it work). More cash while traveling = more freedom to explore new bucket list destinations. Life lesson 101 right here.
12. You can assess what you want from life
If you leave your comfortable life behind and go to see parts of the world that are totally different to yours, the chances are you'll reassess what your current priorities are and what you want from life. Whether spiritually, physically or emotionally, it's worth going away solo purely for the potential to open more doors into what you really want.
13. It will push you out of your comfort zone
Whilst bungee jumping off a cliff might not be your ideal of fun, when you're in the middle of New Zealand with a whole new lease of life, it might be exactly what you need. If you never give yourself the chance to grow, you'll never know.
14. You'll do things you never thought you would
See the point above. Nobody sits in Manchester telling stories of swimming with elephants or working in a turtle sanctuary unless they actually bother to go out there and do it.
15. You can make the rules
As our normal lives progress, it can be easy just to go with the flow and put up with things that actually you're not that comfortable—whether at work, home or your personal life. So by going it alone, you grant yourself the ability to make your own rules and not rely on others, which is helpful not only in the present, but for the future too.
16. You'll discover new passions and hobbies
Spending time with different people in different parts of the world to where you otherwise would means sharing ideas, hobbies and passions that you might not have otherwise come across.
17. To actually see the world
Real talk: the Philippines is a small country in what is a huge world full of people living their own lives as fast and full of your own in places you've never heard of. Do you really want to grow old knowing you didn't take the opportunity to explore them when you had the chance?
18. Your Instagram game will be so strong
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.