I may not have all the right reasons listed here, but this are the ones that I gained from travelling solo. I hope it will inspire you to do the same and rediscover the great things about yourself.
You go through the healing process easier.
You may not realize it, but we all have a need to go through a healing process. May it be a loss of a loved one, life changing decisions or simply burn out from your daily routine. I started travelling solo when I became single again. I figured I needed to go somewhere alone. Where I didn’t have to look after someone. Where I can be just myself. Where I can sort things out, clear my mind and plan my next step. So I booked a flight to Boracay, Philippines as a birthday gift for myself. Travelling solo to Boracay made the healing process faster and coping with the situation a lot easier.
You become independent.
When you travel alone, you learn to depend on yourself. When you get lost in a maze of cobblestone streets of Europe, you don’t get scared or cry. You stop, think and figure it out. You watch out for yourself, you keep safe and keep going. You decide where to go, itinerary for the day, what to eat, what to wear. You don’t need other people to decide for you how you should look today.
You learn to accept yourself.
This is the best part of what travelling solo has done for me. I have learned to accept myself and that I have flaws. I have learned that if I want to change for the better, I have to accept the fact that there is a need for change first. After so many travels, I have learned to accept that I have fear of enclosed spaces, so no cave exploring for me and I’m OK with that.
You break out from your comfort zone.
Once you get out of your comfort zone, you’ll be amazed to realize about the things you can do and can do without. Forget about people around you telling you need to be like this or like that or that your hair is a mess. Travelling solo has taught me that it doesn’t matter how many days it has been since I washed my hair. I’m in the middle of nowhere, who cares? And yes it doesn’t matter.
Travelling solo restores your faith in humanity.
Along the way in your journey, you will meet people who can help you with your current situation. Maybe a missed train stop and you need to know directions or cancelled taxi booking and along came someone with a car rental and offering you a ride to your destination. I call them angels. They restore my faith in humanity. I still believe that people can do good and can be trusted.
You learn from your mistakes.
I’ve made a thousand mistakes from all the travels that I’ve done. Wrong turns, got lost because I left my printed map in a cafe, missed train stops, packed the wrong kind of shoes, booked the wrong flight and a lot more. But all this doesn’t stop me to travel again. It even makes me want to go ahead and travel more, whispering to myself, next time this, next time that. You simply learn from it and do better. Just charge it to experience.Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. - C.S. Lewis Click To Tweet
You become confident.
If you lack self-confidence, the more you are indecisive about situations that happen to you everyday. You decide to do what the rest of the group is doing or just go with the flow without even understanding why. If you are confident about yourself, the more you are sure of what you want to do or which direction to take. After several solo travels, I have become to be more self-confident. I notice that I have become more decisive about decisions that I make, even at the office. I stand up for what I know is right.
May I add that nothing beats that feeling when your family and friends are ever so proud of you and what you have accomplished. So go travel the world. Rediscover yourself. And be amazed at who you can be and what you can do.Spend some time alone. - Dalai Lama Click To Tweet
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