You’ve probably heard many, many stories about solo travellers, their amazing adventures and vast experiences – and then wondered why someone chooses to travel solo? So often, we are confined by our thoughts and what others tell us: “Solo travel is dangerous, it’s better to travel with a group or family” but those who travel solo, will tell you that sometimes, travelling by yourself is the most liberating feeling you can experience!
Here’s 5 convincing reasons why:
1. Self Discovery/ Self Realization/ Self Reflection
Travelling solo can bring up a multitude of feelings, emotions, moods and thoughts. Being alone, away from your comfort zone, away from your belongings can help you identify what you can do without and what is important to you. Sometimes, we have different personalities when we are with family and friends, travelling solo will help you discover who you really are when none of those familiar faces are around. Without the constant probe for conversation and activity, you have the freedom to explore your own potential and reflect on what makes you truly happy (the desire to travel more, right!?).
2. Perfectly Planned Itinerary – coming up!
Want to pursue your travel passions with reckless abandonment? Travel solo! There is no better time to plan your perfect itinerary than when you are travelling by yourself. Whether you are a foodie, history buff, dare-devil or cultural enthusiast, you can plan your trip to exactly what you like without the hassle of someone else changing it. Also, if you are still trying to figure out what kind of travel you love, travelling solo will give you major insight into distinguishing what you love!
3. Higher Appreciation of your Surroundings
Seeing places in pictures is great, you know how it looks from all angles. Yet, when you visit the exact same place, the excitement, experience and emotion is definitely different. What’s better is when you visit it while you are travelling solo, you have no distractions to take away from your experience. You are completely open to your understanding of the culture, lifestyle, history and adventure!
4. Better Opportunities to Interact with Locals
Often when travelling with a group, there is always one or two people that will act as a spokesperson for the group – especially if they can communicate in the language of the place you are visiting. Travelling solo enables you to interact more with locals, it somewhat forces you to learn a foreign language or a few words at least, to ask for directions, order food, and most importantly to absorb a different culture. By having better opportunities to interact with locals of a place, you will ultimately gain a better understanding and better knowledge of the place, culture and lifestyle.
5. Boosts Confidence & Self Esteem
Travelling solo will come with a number of firsts – first time going through airport security alone, first time flying alone, first time in a new city alone, first time on tour alone etc. By facing all of these things alone, you are crushing some of the fears and inhibitions you may had. Travelling by yourself will push you completely outside of your comfort zone, and for some, you may sink at first but you will probably always rise above and conquer your fears and the mindsets of others!
There are various reasons why people travel solo, some unique and some as old as time, what ever the reason may be, I urge you to try it out at least once!
What are some of the reasons why you travel solo? If you have travelled solo before, share your experience in the comments below!
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