Going on a solo trip today will be a well-captured memory tomorrow. Trust me, you will have a great story to tell people, and you will cherish it forever. Many people live life, a normal one. But what makes a difference is taking time for yourself to make some wonderful memories so that you can share them with your grandchildren. Haha!!
In many places I traveled, it wasn’t common to see a woman traveling alone. As a result, I often had people looking out for me, whether it was catching the right bus or finding my hotel.
Trust me, Traveling by yourself is no longer taboo, or even scary for that matter.
Kindness of this little strange world!!
In Srilanka, I met an older gentleman on a bus who offered to take me sightseeing around Srilanka, because he love to show people around.
Travel companions are cool. You get to have a lot of interesting conversation along. But there are more things that will hold you back from doing what you want to do when you travel with companions. And you end up making a lot of compromises with your trip. So, you know who the best travel companion is? It is YOU. Sooner or later, it is good to know that most of the time in your life, you are going to be alone.
While people have been more than willing to help me out even when I have a travel partner, I like knowing that as a solo traveler, I’m bound to have interesting and unexpected adventures and meet some really great people — as a result of being alone. And it’s because of this that I’ll probably travel alone again and why I think that everyone should travel solo at some point, if only for a little while.
A solo traveller learns so much, not only about the world but themselves. They never feel the need to agree for ease or to keep the peace. They’ll have explored corners of the globe others haven’t even dreamed of and spent time in communities mind-blowingly different. Learning to adapt to new cultures becomes second nature and respecting other humans and their differences is a given.
You’ll have opinions about global issues, as you’ll have been there and experienced it, and not just read a second hand opinion.
You’ll be branded as a ‘know-it-all’ but your experience will mean you don’t care as you know the truth and you’re not afraid of sharing it. Expect a backlash!
You meet wonderful people on your way to the solo trip. And making new friends from different places and ethnicity will broaden your knowledge. You will know how big the life is and wealth of learning in the universe. You will get to know about your interpersonal skills. How good your communication skills are, and it will let you know if you lack something, and how you can improve it. It helps in your professional life too. Meet new people, eat different food, see diverse cultures, trekking, and all other adventures are real blessings for solo travelers.
You need to take the first step and think positive. It is not easy for the first time but quitting is not an option. So, you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and this is the way to learn life. Hence the English proverb, when going gets tough; the tough gets going.
Solo trip is something that reminds all your senses that you are the leader of your journey. Live the present moment. It teaches you things that you wouldn’t have learned if traveled in a group or with a friend. Also, solo travel fits anyone, whether you’re single, in a relationship, extroverted, or introverted, and here are five excellent reasons why you should take it.
Taking the full responsibility of your life
Taking care of yourself in the distress times is crucial, and you can improve it by taking your first solo trip. Since it is going to be you on the way of your journey, all your senses get alerted. And you assume full responsibility for your life. It helps you understand and celebrate life in many ways. You will become more responsible for the decisions and choices you make in your life. And this lets you realize that whatever happens to you in life is because of your decisions and choices. So you need to choose them carefully. Self-awareness is important in life.
Solo travel is rarely lonely but you will learn to love being alone. That space to think and contemplate all those thoughts that may have flitted into your brain when you lived a ‘normal life’. That precious time spent in coffee shops in places you couldn’t communicate, just people-watching and grinning at the people who came to interact. Oh and the endless magical flight or bus journeys, which equalled un-guilty thinking, reading and learning time.
More than that, solo travel gives you ultimate freedom. You wake up and it’s just you — what you want, where you want, when you want. In that freedom and infinite space of possibility, you meet yourself. You hit the limits of what you like and don’t like. There’s no one to pull you in any one direction or override your reasons. Want sushi? Get sushi. Want to leave? Leave. Want to try bungee jumping? Go for it.
Why take a Solo Trip?
IT MAKES TRIP PLANNING EASIER
YOUR EXPERIENCES WILL BE MORE MEANINGFUL
YOU’LL MAKE NEW FRIENDS (IF YOU WANT)
YOU wiLL GET TO ENJOY “ME TIME”
YOU CAN STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET.
IT WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER TRAVELER
IT MAKES YOU FEARLESS
IT WILL BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
IT GIVES YOU F-R-E-E-D-O-M
YOU’LL FIND THE ANSWER TO AN IMPORTANT QUESTION
YOU’RE THE MASTER OF YOUR ITINERARY
YOU’LL FEEL MORE SATISFIED IN THE END
From young professionals to retirees and everyone in between, it seems folks from all walks of life want to captain their very own adventure-ship without circumnavigating around someone else’s.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe.
Act like you are invincible.
Swallow your pride.
But don’t be cocky.
Research the local scams.
Don’t get too drunk.