“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau
Go for a Solo Trip?….because life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Your first Solo trip can be a nerve wracking experience and will slingshot you far away from your comfort zone but only once you go for it you will understand why it is so addictive. Well initially you will be having a lot of insecurities and doubts regarding loneliness and safety. Most of these doubts are planted on your mind by people who have never been there themselves. Don’t let people make you look like ‘the frog in the well’. Jump out and deal with those insecurities on your own. Only then you will gain confidence and realize that all these fears are not warranted provided you use common sense.
Travelling the world alone will change your perception of the world completely. You will return as a better person, more grateful and compassionate than you have ever been. You will come back with stories and experiences to remember for a lifetime. Travel as much as you can afford. It will be money worth spent than on materialistic pleasures which will only increase your expenses. A car can always wait.
Solo Travel may not be always a pleasant experience. There will be times which will make you think ‘Why the hell did I even come here?’. From missing flights, misplaced hotel reservations, encounters with frauds abroad etc. These can be real testing times for a Solo Traveler. But again it teaches you what not to do when you travel alone. It teaches you to be aware of your surroundings and follow your instincts with a calm and cool mind. It will make you a seasoned traveler. You will realize that setbacks are part of life. You learn to accept and push forward. At the same time your trouble radar will get upgraded on its own. You develop the ability to spot trouble from a distance even before it enters your world. Only a rough sea can make a tough sailor.
Solo Travel helps bringing in Faith and self-confidence. With no one around to lead you, you learn to be self-dependent. Imagine yourself stuck in a foreign land and not knowing the native language, all you have is sign language and hand gestures. In such cases, even simple things like interacting with the natives and reaching the hostel you booked, itself could be more like an adventure. Such small experiences will boost your confidence and make you trust yourself in any crunch situations and you learn that you are much more capable that you had ever imagined.
Only once you complete a solo trip, you will understand that there is much more to life than just the mediocrity. You become stronger and resilient and the lessons learnt on the road will follow you throughout life.
It is said right that travelling alone can be scary, rewarding and fun in equal measures.