When I tell people I’m off on another adventure alone, a lot of them don’t get it. They’ll ask me “Why?”. They suggest I find someone to travel with, or sometimes they’ll let me know they’d love to come along. Although travelling with a partner or a friend can be great, travelling solo is a life changing experience. Here’s why:
I’ve met a lot of people
In general I’m a very social creature. I like to talk, I’m quite outgoing, but when it comes to talking to new people I like to take my time and observe. When I’m travelling alone I have to force myself to walk up to people and start a conversation. In the very beginning, I hated it. I felt quite uncomfortable. Having travelled alone for months on end, I’ve learned that people are generally really friendly and open to meeting new people. Especially backpackers. A lot of them are solo travelers and most of them are looking to meet people too. We’re in the same boat! I’ve met people who weren’t open to talking to me, but I figured that was their problem. I simply moved on and found other people to hang out with!
I’ve learned to love being on my own
Although I’ve met plenty of people, there were times where I was alone. I’ve stayed in a hostel in Australia where I just didn’t meet people I really clicked with. Instead of just hanging out with people for the sake of it – I decided to have a good time on my own. I ended up surfing a spot where dolphins were swimming too, and had one of the best days in my life. I also like to take myself out for fancy dinners. I used to think people would look at me as if I was crazy, but I don’t care anymore. I just like food, and when I’m alone I can really focus on how much I enjoy my food. No distractions!
I can do whatever… whenever.
I loved this – I could do WHATEVER I wanted. I wanted to do nothing for a day? No problem. Wake up at 5 and watch the sun rise? Perfect. Ice cream for dinner? Awesome. Travelling alone means that you don’t NEED to be with someone all the time. You don’t have to compromise, you can really do whatever you want, whenever you want it.
I’ve learned a lot about myself
Being able to do whatever the hell I want made me do things I really wanted. I found out that I love watching the sun rise and that I really am a morning person. I’ve also learned that there’s a lot of cultures I don’t know anything about, but that I do love to learn about them. I used to think I wasn’t a very active person and that I didn’t like sports, but on my most recent trip I found out that I like being active more than I realized. There’s something new to learn about ourselves on every trip we take.
I’ve challenged myself
Being alone in a foreign country is a challenge in and of itself. Sometimes even just going for groceries can be a challenge if you’re not able to read the packaging. Every day I faced situations where I had to rely on my own abilities – whether that be deciding on a place to stay, a new destination or a social situation. I’ve done many things that are wayyy out of my comfort zone. Before doing it I was nervous as heck, but afterwards it gave me such an amazing, invincible feeling. I really did THAT!!
I would recommend travelling alone to anyone. It’s SUCH a great experience and you’ll feel so liberated. If you’re scared, try going on a city trip for a just couple of days. If you don’t like it, you’ll be home within a few days anyway, but I can assure you that you’ll love it.
Have you ever travelled alone? If so; where did you go and did you like it? If not; why not and would you ever consider doing it?
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