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The first time I travelled alone, I was 25. I was extremely scared because everyone kept telling me not to do it. They said that it was too DANGEROUS, STUPID, and NOT GOING TO BE FUN.
Well, guess what?! They were all wrong! I TOTALLY love solo travel!
I used to only travel in groups and with family. Although it was fun, I felt very much like a “tourist” and not like a “traveler.” It was not until I finally stepped outside of my comfort zone and travelled alone that I truly “found myself” and “fell in love.”
In this post, I am going to give you FIVE amazing reasons why you should travel alone and why solo travel is awesome. You may also want to check out my list of five reasons why solo travel sucks.
1. Discovering what absolute freedom REALLY means!
You love your freedom, right? You love having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, correct?
If you’re travelling with someone, you’re usually constrained. You have to do what the other person wants, or at the very least, make a compromise. And not to mention, when you spend long periods with someone, you’re bound to get on each other’s nerves.
Travelling alone is the complete opposite! If you want to sleep in until noon, you can. If you feel like not doing anything at all, you can too! And if you feel like changing your travel plans and visiting a completely different city than you had originally planned, no one is stopping you.
This new-found freedom of travelling alone is amazing! There’s no one watching over what you do. There’s also no one you have to report to! How awesome is that?!
2. Meeting new people
The second amazing thing about solo travel is meeting new people!
It is so much easier to meet people when you’re alone. Why? Firstly, when people see you alone they’re naturally curious and want to talk to you. Secondly, if you’re alone, you’re more likely to make an effort and try to meet more people.
Whenever I travel in groups, I always stay with the same group of friends. I don’t make a conscious effort to meet anyone new because I’m already surrounded by good company. We’re already busy enough among ourselves.
However, when I’m alone, I meet people so easily! I make more of an effort to talk to local people and to understand their way of life.
Also, solo travelers attract other solo travelers like magnets. You shouldn’t be afraid to go alone! There will ALWAYS be another solo traveler who is dying to be your friend! Trust me!
3. Trying and seeing new things
Another thing I love about travelling alone is trying and seeing new things. I love exploring. I find that without the distraction of others, I have more time to appreciate my new surroundings and to fully take in the experience.
If I’m in an unfamiliar environment, I’m more likely to do something outside of my regular routine. If I were in my natural habitat, these things might be considered “weird” and I’d be too afraid to do it!
Oftentimes, I get amazing ideas on new things to try by talking to someone who I have just met. They’re usually just as eager as I am to sightsee and discover new things! And what’s more fun is when these new friends want to share these new experiences together with me!
4. Developing skills you never learned in school
Although traveling is widely regarded as “fun” and “leisure,” you actually learn a lot! I learned more “life skills” from traveling alone than I did in all my 20 years of formal education!
When I was travelling alone, I learned how to negotiate, how to make plans, how to organize my life, how to set goals and achieve them, how to assert myself, how to sell myself to strangers, how to form lasting life-long relationships, and much, much more. They just don’t teach you these things in school!
As for the career aspect, whenever I mention the solo travel I’ve done in the past, most prospective employers are impressed. Being able to travel alone shows that I’m a brave, creative, mentally-strong, and outgoing person – all qualities that make a perfect employee, right?
5. Falling in love
I wanted to end this article on a positive note and give you something to be hopeful for!
When you travel alone, you will fall in love, over and over again!
… You will fall in love with a new country.
… You will fall in love with a new culture.
… You will fall in love with a new language.
… You will fall in love with a new type of food.
…You might fall in love with a man or woman.
But most importantly, you will fall in love with yourself!
That’s right! Spending prolonged periods of time alone, you will become more introspective and discover new things about yourself. I really do hope that you end up falling in love with yourself. I know I do 🙂
I’ve also seen, time and time again, a man and a woman meeting abroad, falling in love, and then moving halfway across the world for each other. This stuff does happen and it’s the stuff of fairy tales 🙂
I wouldn’t be the same person I am today without my experiences travelling alone. Travelling alone helped me to grow as a person. through my solo travels, a met amazing people who literally changed my life.
I hope that this article helped push you to take the plunge and travel alone 🙂
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