The Benefits of Solo Travel

happy smiling woman standing on viewpoint with mountains on background, exploring city street alone.

It can be challenging to plan a trip with friends and family. From conflicting schedules to different preferences on location and activities, sometimes it’s easier to take a solo trip!

Traveling solo allows you to plan everything to your liking and gives you the opportunity to learn how to be comfortable making memories on your own.

Here are a few benefits of embarking on a solo adventure!

Cost Effective

If you usually travel with your kids or other family members, it can be much more expensive than traveling alone, especially when buying things like meals. You can plan your budget ahead of time, and it will be easier to stick to it with just yourself. You have the power to decide what your days look like and how you spend your money. It’s also normally cheaper to find living accommodations for one person.

Gets You Out of Your Comfort Zone

When was the last time you took yourself out to dinner, went to the movies, or explored a new town on your own? People grow accustomed to doing everything with others, especially in romantic relationships. However, spending time alone and learning how to have fun and not rely on others to have a good time is necessary for your mental health.

Putting yourself in situations where you must take charge and solve problems on your own, like finding transportation in a new city or figuring out how to order a meal in a different language, are opportunities for personal growth. The more you take yourself out of your comfort zone, the more confident you become.

Allows You to Be Selfish

When you travel solo, you are in charge of the itinerary. If you are someone who loves going to the beach but your partner hates it, you have the freedom to plan as many beach days as you want! You don’t have to organize your trip around the needs and wants of others. You get to be selfish and do exactly what you want or what you’ve always dreamed of doing with no one holding you back.

If you are looking to plan a solo trip, the great state of Maine is the perfect place to explore on your own! From gorgeous state parks to long stretches of sandy beaches, there is something for everyone in this scenic state.

Sands by the Sea is a great place to stay while traveling solo in Maine. With beachfront views, restaurants, and shops within walking distance, you can escape reality and have some much-needed time to yourself. There are plenty of activities to do every season, so there is never a bad time of year to book a stay!

Make your reservation online or call us at (207)363-2211 to request more information.

Foods That You Must Try When You Travel to Maine

Maine Lobster

You don’t have to be a seafood lover to have an excellent dining experience in Maine. Besides seafood, the state is also known for its delicious sweet treats and unique drinks. If you’re visiting Maine, here is a list of some seafood and other tourist must-have dishes that you need to try! 


Maine is known the most for its lobster dishes. Whether you steam it with melted butter and lemon or stuff it into a lobster roll, you will be blown away by the fresh taste, and strong flavors of the lobster served in Maine. As you visit, you’ll notice that each restaurant tries to add its unique twist to a lobster dish. 


Oysters are a very popular menu option in the spring and fall months. Many people enjoy ordering oysters closer to the winter season because oysters will store more fat and sugar while preparing for the winter. Although their taste isn’t for everybody, when they are prepared correctly, oysters are quite indulgent. 


In Maine, the locals enjoy eating their clams. Typically, they will enjoy them steamed, fried, or tossed in clam chowder. Steamed clams, also referred to as “steamers,” are usually served with butter. On the other hand, fried clams are usually enjoyed dipped in tartar sauce or ketchup and served with a side of French fries! 

Blueberry Pie

Maine’s official state fruit is the wild blueberry. Because of their sweet, bold flavor, blueberries are often incorporated into many desserts in Maine, the most popular being blueberry pie. Because blueberries enjoy growing in acidic soil, the plants thrive when they’re planted in Maine. 

Commonly paired with a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream, blueberry pie is a must-have treat when you travel to Maine. 

Whoopie Pies

Although blueberry pie is a common dessert choice across the state, Maine’s official dessert is the whoopie pie. If you are curious, a whoopie pie is like a sandwich, but it’s made with two soft cookies with a creamy white filling. Whoopie pies come in various unique flavors, including the classic chocolate whoopie, Raspberry & Cream, Red Velvet, and Peanut Butter. 

As you begin to plan your next trip to Maine, don’t forget to book your accommodations at the Sands by The Sea Motel. Our locally owned motel is conveniently located minutes away from some of the best restaurants in Maine. Visit our website to start booking your stay! 

What Do You Need to Know About Maine Before Traveling There?

Beaches in Maine

If you haven’t traveled to Maine, you certainly need to add it to your list of places to go. There are plenty of amazing foods to try, places to explore, and the most incredible breathtaking views. Before you eagerly start planning your next trip to Maine, allow us to help you learn a little more about the state before you go!

Here are a few interesting facts about Maine: 

You Will Have the Best Lobster in Maine

If you’re a lobster lover, then you’ll love traveling to Maine. At almost every restaurant you try, you are likely to find delicious lobster dishes. From Lobster Tails to Lobster BLT’s, you will always be on the hunt for a new unique lobster dish to try.

Because you can find restaurants all over Maine that serve lobster, here is a list of four restaurants that you should try first!

Some of the Best Restaurants in the Country are in Maine

Portland, Maine, is one of the most restaurant-dense communities in the United States. Maine is known for its seafood, blueberries, apples, and maple syrup, so when you dine at our restaurants, you will find that our Chefs try and incorporate these ingredients as much as they can.

There Are Breathtaking Seaside Views

If you’re traveling to Maine, don’t forget to bring your camera. Maine’s scenic spots look like they should be straight from a painting, especially when you go by the water.

The fall is a very popular time to travel to Maine. Since the state is highly populated with trees, you will see their leaves transform into red, orange, and yellow shades. Thus, creating incredible eruptions of beautiful fall colors.

Everyone Loves to Be on The Water

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll recognize quickly that everyone loves being on the water. One of the most popular activities to do when you travel to Maine is whale watching. It’s easy to spot whales breaching in Maine’s oceans, so make sure you’re keeping an eye out!

Finding a Place to Stay When You Visit Maine

Now that we’ve shared a few things that you can expect when you travel to Maine, it’s time to start planning your trip.

Come stay with us at Sands by the Sea! Our beautiful motel is only minutes away from Maine’s best seafood and beautiful ocean views. Give us a call at (207) 363-2211 to learn more about planning your next stay.