Travelling alone can be a life changing experience. The ride can be bumpy at times but these bumps can be taken as lessons learnt and it will completely change the way you live your Life. If you haven’t traveled alone yet, you are really missing out on a unique experience. Solo travel does come with its own perils – safety, loneliness and scams. But a little common sense and research can help you jump over these barriers. You will taste real independence when you travel alone. How much fun you are gonna have is all in your hands. You are the captain of the ship called Life…with no sailors on board. OK…that sounds a bit scary.
When you travel alone for the first time, you will be scared and you should be. If it scares you then it might be a good thing to try. I have never come across any Solo Traveler who has got negative views on Solo Travel. Their life is made up of good experiences and lessons learnt that can inspire anyone to pack their bags.
Now, Do you really need reasons to travel alone? Fine….here you go:
Making new friends along the way:
You will be more open talking to strangers when you travel alone. If you are an introvert like me, then you really need to travel alone. When you are alone you will have to interact with locals or fellow travelers to find your way. You don’t have the extrovert friend to do the talking this time. Its a Do or Die situation. But when you realize that all travelers are friendly, you will get over the awkwardness. They are all like you, away from home, trying to make friends. Solo travelers are all like minded and can easily bond together.
But true….without a friend by your side to eat your ear away, you can immerse yourself into the surroundings. There is no one to please but you. It gives us the opportunity to break free from the daily life. Smell, See, Taste..get your senses working. There are lots of inspiring stories of Solo Travelers who found the purpose of their Life, people who found love, a long lost friend, a new home. You never know what you might experience. But at the same time, we should not expect that our trip will be all sunshine and rainbows. Expectations and Desires are the main reasons for human failures. Just know that your experience is going to be new and different.
Getting out of the Comfort Zone:
Probably the most important reason you need. All life we have been seeing the same people, eating the same food and following the same routine. Solo travel takes you places, exposes you to different languages, tests your senses and more importantly you realize that there is big world out there to be explored. You don’t have anyone to back you up. You will be shit scared at the beginning but by the end of the Solo trip, you will have transformed into a much more mature person. Maybe you won’t notice the change, but your people back home will.
Set your own Itinerary:
Talk about Independence. You get to choose where to stay, you can choose how much time to spend at the hilltop enjoying the view, you want to eat a lizard in China, eat it….if it is cooked, not the Bear Grylls way. Well it is upto you and you don’t have to do anything just because someone else wants to. Flexibility is one of the best part of solo travel.There is no one to preach you on how to enjoy your vacation.
Understand the difference between Loneliness and Solitude:
Difference between Loneliness and Solitude – Introverts can understand this better. I have seen people getting confused between these 2 words. Let me put it this way,
Loneliness – Depressing, related to people who can’t handle being alone.
Solitude – Elating, related to people who can totally rock being alone.
Still confused?….then you got to travel my friend. You will get a better idea when you do.
Just Pack Up and Leave.
(All images sourced from Google Images, as I have yet to take such awesome pictures)