As much as I’d like to encourage you to travel .. due to recent news, please stay put and stay healthy <3
Solo Travel . Travel
Solo Travel: an experience everyone should seek outOn March 12, 2020 by S.K. Lakenen
I started traveling in 2016, and within a span of 7 months, I experienced 3 types of travel; with a close friend, with a group, and solo. While I enjoyed traveling with a group, and more so with a friend who I don’t see very often, something about traveling solo really just captured my heart in ways other types of travel couldn’t.
A lot of people questioned my decision when I went on my first solo trip; why go alone? What’s the point? Although not everyone will be comfortable with it (and it’s okay, not all experiences are for everyone), I suggest giving it a try before completely crossing it off. Being on your own in a foreign country may be daunting, but it can be just as rewarding. It was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I ever made for myself.
Improves your self-confidence
You overcome your fears easier when no-one is watching. One of my initial fears prior to my first solo travel was getting lost; I was terrible with directions. Over time, I learnt how to navigate through towns, use the public transportation, and getting lost was no longer a fear. Being lost became an adventure instead; I discovered more than what I intentionally seek out to, and found security with my ability to find my way back.
Solo travel forces you out of your comfort zone, and each decision you make throughout your travel boost your confidence in yourself, your independence and develop resilience gradually. Since you’re fully responsible for yourself, you will discover that you’re much more capable than what you give yourself credit for. Every decision you make is empowering.
Time of reflection
Daily errands and work occupy so much mind space and energy that it’s easy to forget to check in with yourself. One of the main reasons why I’m such a strong advocate for solo traveling is that it gives me the time and space to reflect on who I am and what I want, without any external pressures. This could be a meaningful experience you can have with yourself as every solo adventure unravels a new opportunity of introspect. Having that alone time is crucial to discover more about what makes you, uniquely you and what you want to get out of life.
I’ve been through stages of planning where everyone in the group gets excited to do an activity, only for one or two to cancel, then the rest follows. While group travel is fun, there’s a lot of compromises involved. Each individual has their own set of interests and different taste buds.
Solo travel compliments the hedonism in people.
You get to eat what you want, talk to people you like, and stay in art galleries as long as you want without thinking about someone else’s schedule. You also get to read the books you’ve been trying to finish for months. You do what you want, when you want it, guilt-free.
One of the common misconceptions about solo traveling is that you’ll be alone, but that’s not entirely true. While I still have my alone time, I find myself bonding and having adventures with other travelers regularly during my travels. I’ve met great, and inspiring people around the world, and I’m still in contact with most of them to this very day.
Traveling with people you’re already familiar with can sometimes be limiting, and you’re less likely to open up to others. Being on your own makes you more approachable to talk to, and it’s easier for you to focus on getting to know someone new. Your inhibitions lower when you’re not surrounded by people that already know you, and that allows you to be vulnerable and create lasting friendships with someone else.
You get to make friends from different parts around the world, which makes travelling more exciting because you get to visit the country they live in or even plan another trip with them in the future.
So it’s time to get out of your comfort zone, and book that flight! If you haven’t tried solo travel, and you’re not willing to go on a full-on trip on your own yet, take baby steps. A long weekend trip to the next state or city may be just what you need to get that urge going. You’ll come home a new person, and you’ll only have yourself to thank for.