Travel is all about fun while learning, discovering and experiencing new things. While it is most definitely more fun to travel and experience all these things with friends and family, there is no reason not to try these on your own on a solo travel. Travelling on your own can let you experience new things, have the freedom to be yourself and pursue things that have always been in your “to do list.”
For single people who loves doing things on their own, there is no question that travel will just be another thing they will do solo. For certain people who are used to living with a big family, travelling alone can be a motivation for self-discovery. Regardless of one’s circumstance, singles (females in particular) travelling for the first time may have some qualms about the prospect.
If you find yourself embarking on a solo travel, be glad because there will be a lot of things you will learn and enjoy along the way. While the thought of going abroad alone can be scary, it offers a lot of potentials for self-development. If you are a bit wary about the whole thing, be convinced by Yara Coelho’s “7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life” that is published in Thought Catalog.
- You will meet amazing people.
… When we travel with friends or a partner, we tend to stick to that little group of familiar faces and even though you’ll meet new people, the dynamics and interactions won’t be as deep and fulfilling… you’re much more eager to meet travel buddies, team up with other travelers and generally reach out more in order to socialize.
- The overwhelming sense of absolute freedom.
… meeting people and making awesome friends, you’ll probably team up with travel buddies and end up expanding your travel plans… once you hear about that amazing waterfall, that incredible desert beach, the opportunity to bungee jump from a high bridge, or taste a special delicacy you’ll only find off the beaten track.
… The great thing is that you don’t have to fit into a group’s agenda, give explanations or disappoint anyone, you can follow your rhythm, desires and move like the wind.
- Traveling alone challenges your fears and insecurities
This is a big one, especially if it’s your first solo experience… “What if something goes wrong?” “What if you get into trouble?” …
Safety can be a great comfort, but common sense is the key. Read and research a lot before you travel, check out hostel reviews, and research feedback from other travelers in forums and blogs. Respect the local culture …
If you are looking for love, you’ll meet other singles. While there is no guarantee that it will have a “they-live-happily-ever-after” ending, there is always that possibility. Many happy couples who met while on a holiday. Who knows, you’re your solo travel might just have a romantic ending.
Taking time out on your own can give you time to unwind, relax and/or rediscover yourself. It is good to enjoy being alone when you can do what you want without worrying if it will please your spouse, partner, family or friends. Go and do what your heart desire; it is a special time for you.
Tired of being you? This is a good time to explore your thoughts and personality that you hide or you are not very familiar with. Set free that beautiful, exciting and interesting person within you, which has been ignored and repressed for far too long. Just make sure you wouldn’t compromise your safety.
Travelling alone can disconnect you from stressors. Leave behind your worries for a few days and look forward to an exhilarating holiday, just you and hopefully a lot of new, thrilling discoveries. This can revitalize you so you can come back refreshed, happy and with a drive to be better at what you do. This is the power of solo travel that is often ignored with too much stresses along the way. By going solo, you might just get rid of old thoughts to usher in new creative ideas.