While travelling with friends, family or a partner can be great, travelling solo will prove you to be one of the best and rewarding things you’ll ever do. Yes, it is a little scary but here are 5 reasons why you should try it!
1. You Will Find Freedom
You don’t have to fit into a group’s agenda or give someone explanations. You don’t have to disappoint anyone or fit someone’s expectations. You can do everything on your own pace, make your own plans and follow your own feelings. My ultimate feeling of freedom was when I bought a motorbike in Vietnam. I could go wherever I wanted to go, whenever I wanted to go. Woohoo!
2. You Will Find Confidence
When you travel alone, you have to make almost all decisions on your own. You will learn to be decisive and to trust on your common sense. For me, making decisions always has been difficult. Most of the time I’ll go with the flow and have a great time. But now, I had to determine everything myself. I realized that making good choices without help from others, gave me a nice feeling. It made me confident. 🙂
3. You Will Find Friendship and Love
Hello new friends! Of course you like to share your thoughts and experieces with other people, so you will make a lot of friends! I’m not saying that you won’t meet people when travelling with a buddy, it’s just that the new relationships will be less intense. When you travel solo you’re more eager to meet other travellers and the dynamics and interactions can be deep and fulfilling. Travelling solo makes you also realize how helpful most people are. You can’t do everything by yourself, you need people that assist you with things. You will find love in the man that fixed your tire, or the woman that offered you a meal. You will find love in that person that took care of you when you were sick or the cute smiling kids on the street. You will find love in other people but also in yourself.
4. You Will Find Yourself
Riding 2000 km on a motorbike? You will do things you thought you would never do! Getting tired of other people? You will learn to appreciate ‘me time’ and find out that you are actually great company. Yes, feeling lonely can be a part of travelling by yourself. But when there’s no one to make you feel better, you have to do it all by yourself. Empower yourself by getting it together and you will feel even better than before!
5. You Will Find Happiness
With freedom, love and confidence comes happiness! It’s the best feeling in the world and there are no words to describe it.