Shy. Reserved. Boring. This is how the society generally categorizes an Introvert. But when an Introvert starts Solo Traveling, then the society starts categorizing them with words like ‘adventurous’, ‘brave’ and ‘fearless’. Only an Introvert can completely understand another Introvert. I am an Introvert and am not really the shy kind. Well I am not the kind who would start a conversation either. After I took my First Solo Trip, I realized that I can really enjoy traveling alone. If I can then any Introvert can. And Why Introverts make good Solo Travelers. Here we go…..
We Love Challenging ourselves:
This may not be a point just for Introverts. Taking a Solo Trip is challenging for an Extrovert as well since Extroverts are not used to traveling without company. Introverts are usually the people who rarely come out of the comfort zone. Getting out there and facing the world is a big deal for some one who doesn’t like to put themselves out there.
We Enjoy Our Own Company:
Solo traveling comes with its own downtime where you will have to spend a lot of time alone. Introverts are well adept to that. There will be times when a flight gets delayed or you miss a bus. We are just happy to sit around and wait. We usually pull out a book while we wait or involve ourselves in people watching (without being creepy). Long journeys are just another walk in the park.
We find Deeper Friendships:
Introverts are totally against small talk. We prefer having deeper conversations that are more meaningful. We are the kind who speak less and say more. Because of this ability we tend to have a deeper one on one conversation with fellow travelers. We are good listeners and are willing to listen to your endless travel stories. This is how Introverts make friends on the road.
We Immerse ourselves in every Place we visit:
We always see tourists rushing from one spot to another ticking off places of their list. Introverts never care about having a list. We usually try to avoid the touristy places. If we like a place very much, then we tend to stay there for a longer period of time till we are one with the place. This way we know more about the destination and the culture and learn to live like a local. We are totally OK to miss out on other places for this one experience.
We Blend In:
We are the less noisy ones and never attract attention. If we don’t want to be spotted we can turn ON the Ninja mode. We can blend in with the crowd and not stick out like a sore thumb. We are very observant and love watching as the world goes by. We immerse ourselves in the surroundings and become one with a destination. This skill allows us to understand the complexities of foreign lands and begin to make sense of new cultures and different ways of living. We don’t push ourselves onto places, instead we let places come to us.