Want to reduce stress and feel great on your next vacation? Then consider traveling alone! Exploring Orlando’s theme parks alone is a great vacation to take solo; new research published in the International Journal of Tourism Research shows that traveling alone is a chance to indulge yourself fully without having to defer to other people’s preferences, a case often experienced when traveling with a group. A “me-cation” is the perfect time for you to do what you want, when you want, and without any obligation to please anyone else but yourself! Here are six reasons why solo theme-park hopping can be good for your psyche.
No obligations. No expectations.
Want to enjoy “It’s a small world” without your friends or family hardcore judging you? You can do that! According to the study, solo travel can lead to “personal feelings of freedom, relaxation and discovery,” and as a solo traveler, you can take advantage of your freedom by not having to worry about what everyone else wants to do, or what everyone else thinks. Eliminate the stressful obligations and have fun!
Single rider lines.
Your newly-discovered solo status can often allow you to get through aggravatingly long lines with ease. Some of the best rides and attractions offer lines just for single riders, which make it easier for you to experience what you want, with more time to spare. Here are several attractions that offer single-rider lines for you solo travelers:
Universal Studios Florida
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
- Harry Potter & the Escape from Gringotts
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Transformers: The Ride 3D
- MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey
- Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Incredible Hulk Coaster (re-opening summer 2016)
Walt Disney World
- Expedition Everest – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Rock ‘n Roller Coaster – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Test Track – Epcot
- Journey to Atlantis
Meeting new people.
In the study, solo travelers were choosing freedom, uncompromised fun, and meeting new people over the desire to share their experiences with a companion. We often crave social interaction, and even if you decide to travel solo, you can still meet and interact with new people to satisfy the need for conversation. Groups are often caught up in their own discussions, which doesn’t give you much of an opportunity to meet new people along the way; when going solo, you may be more likely to strike up conversations with others while waiting in line, or while enjoying a poolside drink at your resort.
Trying new things.
Feed your creativity and satisfy your need for something different. Whether you’ve been yearning to try a new ride, or you’ve been dying to check out a new restaurant, you don’t have to worry what other people want to do when you’re enjoying the parks alone. Try as much new stuff as you want, when you want, because this is a “me-cation!”
You don’t have to be a people-pleaser.
People-pleasers often sacrifice their own happiness for the happiness of others – making sure everyone else is happy can be the most stressful part of vacationing. If you decide to go solo, you have no one else to please but yourself, and you can feel free to ride the Incredible Hulk coaster thirteen times if you’d like. Remember, no one is judging you…
Finding space is easy.
Finding space for a group? A bit of a hassle. Squeezing into a spot on the Monorail or finding a spot at a restaurant is much easier when you don’t have to stress about accommodating an entire group of people.
Now that we’ve covered several reasons why you should take that solo vacation (and let’s face it, did we really have to do much convincing?) start planning your Orlando me-cation by shopping our discount theme park tickets. Whether you’re looking to “one-up” your friends’ Facebook photos, or you just want to indulge yourself in all the food, entertainment and attractions in Orlando, solo travel offers the advantage of freedom and uncompromised fun that’s hard to find anywhere else.