Spontaneity is not overrated. Solitude isn鈥檛 either 鈥 and it can be real hard to come by when you鈥檙e living with roommates or your S.O. and working in an office full of colleagues. That鈥檚 why, with the excitement of summer comin鈥 in hot, it鈥檚 high time you feed your wanderlust by traveling alone. So whether it鈥檚 a solo afternoon on the beach or a weeklong road trip (perk: You control the music), get out there and seize the day! Here are five reasons you should start planning some adventurous me time RN.

1. Your mind will clear. Even if it feels like you鈥檙e adulting really hard and life is breezy, there鈥檚 still a lot going on in there. Chances are, you鈥檙e at least dealing with nearly unavoidable daily stress from your commute. Whatever challenge is raising your heart rate, those racing thoughts are worth addressing. Once you pull up your roots and hit the road alone sans distractions, your brain will get a break from always being on. Thoughts will flow freely, and you鈥檒l have space and time to fully address and process them. Especially if you鈥檙e pondering a big life decision, a summer solo trip is absolutely for you.

2. It鈥檒l be easier to live in the moment. Digitally disconnecting for a while can help you reconnect to the present. Leave your computer at home and put your phone on airplane mode 鈥 at least for a few hours at a time. If you have to work from the road, just make sure to set times (digital boundaries!) so that you鈥檙e not checking your company chat or email non-stop. Without work, social media, or family distractions, you鈥檒l be able to focus on an amazing view or the new experiences you鈥檙e having. Try to avoid making set plans before you start your adventure, and instead just see where the wind carries you.

3. You鈥檒l push yourself to grow. One of the best parts of trailblazing solo is that you may find yourself feeling (gasp) a tad bit uncomfortable sometimes 鈥 and it鈥檚 really good for you! Being alone will force you to talk to people and take risks that you otherwise may not. Stepping outside of your comfort zones can also help you unlock creativity, and may inspire you in a way you wouldn鈥檛 have found on a vacation with your friends. So do yourself a favor, and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

4. Freedom, freedom, freedom. Adventuring with your squad is always a party. Whether it鈥檚 a Vegas bach or festival camp out, there鈥檚 nothing like quality time with your girls. That being said, it鈥檚 pretty epic when you鈥檙e completely on your own schedule and don鈥檛 have to coordinate the divergent desires of a big group. When you鈥檙e alone, you never feel rushed and rarely have reason to stress. Hungry? Eat wherever and whatever you want. Tired? Take a nap. It鈥檚 so simple and yet *so* amazing.

5. There鈥檚 no time like the present. Things generally get more complicated as time goes by, and all that may seem hard to leave behind (even temporarily). But work, partners, friends, and your puppy will all be waiting for you when you get back. In fact, taking some time to explore solo will make returning to your loved ones that much sweeter. And after spending four hours or 40 days alone, you鈥檒l have a renewed relationship with yourself and a fuller understanding of where you want your life to go next.

Where would you go on a solo adventure? Tell us @BritandCo!

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