Solo travelling is a life-changing experience that everyone should try out at least once in their lifetime. While normal travelling with a companion or two is fun, travelling solo provides you with challenges with long-lasting benefits. You’ll need to be braver and deal with everything on your own. You not only become more confident with all the obstacles you face but you learn a lot more than you would while travelling with someone. In simple terms, becoming one of the solo travellers is simply a life-changing experience worth trying.
First things first
You can’t just go anywhere you fancy because not every destination is suitable for solo travelling. Make sure a place is popular among solo nomads to know that’s suitable. Also, while you’re looking up information on a place, do some research about their crime rates. Street crime for a lone tourist is something of a nightmare, especially if you happen to be a woman.
Since you’ll be on your own, I highly suggest that you don’t take along to much luggage so it’s easier to look after it. And even though you’ll have more chances of interacting with strangers, locals or otherwise, you should still stay defensive and not be too gullible. Last but not least, stay alert. Being aware of your surroundings will keep you a lot safer than normal. Of course, don’t let any of this hinder your fun but for me, a balance of alertness and fun is a good way to discipline oneself.
Why is solo travelling worth trying?
This is one of the most wonderful feelings a person can feel. Previously, I always had to compromise for my companions and couldn’t go on random strolls to just take in the atmosphere. I guess I’m one of those travellers who wish for a quieter trip. So when I visited alone, I could do whatever and whenever I wanted. The freedom to just do what my heart wanted was a wonderful experience. And since it was just me, I saved up a lot of money and managed to dine at some high-end restaurants as well. Even if you live alone, a solo trip will give you absolute freedom. You won’t have any responsibility nor would you need to follow some routine. Just make sure to enjoy this freedom while it lasts.
When you do something on your own and get good results you start to believe in yourself more. And when you travel alone, you’re likely to encounter many obstacles and when you overcome them, you get a nice confidence boost. This not only teaches you how to deal with things on your own but also to trust your abilities. One thing though, if something doesn’t go right or if you fall for some obvious tourist trap, don’t be discouraged. Everyone makes mistakes, but the wiser ones simply learn from them and move on. Learn to trust your intuition and believe in yourself.
Learn the culture
One of the best things you get out of travelling is knowledge of different cultures. However, when you travel alone, you get to have a more immersive experience. With no one to keep you company, you are more encouraged to talk to the locals. Besides when you travel alone, you look more approachable so even local people find it easy to talk to you. This not only allows you a better cultural experience but maybe you’ll have some wholesome memories at the end of your trip. By learning about different cultures and meeting new people you tend to become more diverse, accepting of other races more easily.
Be the boss you’re your life
While this is a more dramatic way of saying this, it is true that when you do everything the way you want, you become the boss of your own life. For just a short while you can make your own routine, eat whatever you wish and visit whatever attraction you fancy. It’s related to the feeling of freedom but this one is more about control.
You can spend as much or as much time wherever you wish. Of course, this isn’t possible with group or family travel because you need to work with everyone to make the trip a better experience for everyone. It’s also nice to just relax. Make it your own trip. You don’t have to visit ten attractions per day. Take it easy and relax. The best way to enjoy your solo trip is to let your heart decide. Don’t make any strict plan and simply do as you please.
It’s a popular saying that when you travel far enough, you find yourself. I find it to be very true but in my case, it’s through solo travelling. Without anyone there to distract you, you can spend as much time alone as you want. I suppose I’m a bit of an introvert so this sounded amazing to me. When you travel alone a few times, you’ll come to appreciate your own company. Being on your own also allows you to enjoy the details of a place. Since you have no distractions to deal with, you’ll get a deeper experience from your trip. It’s also nice to have some time to yourself. Just to think about things calmly and see things from a new perspective. Trust me, you will learn a thing or two about yourself.
Relax and enjoy
When you’re in the company of people you know, you’ll have some reservations and won’t participate in crazy things that readily. However, when travelling alone, you have that freedom. Anyone you meet on your travel, well they’re most likely just passers-by in your life. With this thought, you can do any number of silly things you possibly can. You’d rather not make a fool of yourself in front of people that are close to you but when you travel alone you can let go and just have fun without worrying about lasting impressions.
Plus, the quiet moments you’ll have lets you relax. I usually sit at some café and watch people go by when I travel alone or find out the spot with the best view to just relax. Sometimes, slowing down is just the thing you need in life.