Some journeys in life can only be traveled alone. For the biggest self discover try solo travel at some point at least once. We promise it will a trip of a lifetime
Bags packed. Tickets booked. Hotel reservations done. And a last minute call changes the excitement into sudden panic. Your travel partner can’t make it!
A thousand questions flood your head, but you need to take a tough call… can you go on this vacation all alone? Yes, you can! And you should! Why fear when you are getting to travel – even if it means being on the road all alone. We know when it comes to solo travelling, all the rights and wrongs will start flowing in. Still, we strongly recommend it.
It’s not just about “being your own boss”, or no family to nag you, or no friends counting your calorie intake, it’s much more than that.
We won’t promise the much talked about “self-discovery” while travelling solo, but it can definitely change you as a person, only if you agree to acknowledge and appreciate the change. We believe travelling alone will make you a better person, and make you meet the self, which is often clogged by everyday chores.
We tell you some perks that might help you take the plunge:
No doubt several fears would engulf you before you actually step out of the comfort zone. But, once you are there, you’ll learn. You’ll learn to buy your tickets, your food, and your drink, fill documents, manage foreign currencies, book hotels, and navigate airports and stations all by yourself. You’ll learn to let go of the past, and just wander wherever your mind and heart would take you. You’ll learn to win over your insecurities. You’ll learn to rely on your own self.
Evolve your senses
With no company to divert your attention, you’ll actually be able to “feel” the place. You’ll listen to different sounds, taste different food, smell different scents, hear different accents, witness different reactions, and more importantly you’ll pay attention to every rhythm of your surroundings. You’ll start noticing minute details around you. Your senses may evolve to an extent that you’ll be able to recognise a place through its folk music or through the taste of its food or even by feeling the breeze.
Become more aware
More than anything else, you’ll be aware of the kindness of strangers. It’ll make you aware that taking a local bus is much more fun that hiring a taxi. You’ll know that someone inviting you for lunch or dinner at their place may not always have wrong intentions. You’ll know hitchhiking is not always unsafe. You’ll learn staying at inexpensive places, sleeping in waiting rooms or railway benches, underneath the stars on the beach, can be much more relaxing. You’ll cherish the sunsets and sunrises in a much deeper way. You’ll be aware of the oneness of the world.
Boost your confidence
It breaks you free from fear of the unknown. You’ll be forced out of your comfort zone, and there won’t be anyone to take care of you. You would be forced to strike up a conversation, and even seek help from absolute strangers. You might even end up talking to someone who doesn’t understand your language. Irrespective of all this, you’ll be fine. Travelling solo makes you push your limits, and make you feel proud of your own self. You’ll be confident that even if you are lost or lonely, ever in the future, you’ll be able to manage just fine.
Learn to introspect
When alone on the road, you’ll ask yourself about all your fears and desires. Many times we feel that there’s some potential inside us, but we still keep missing out on our goals. That happens since we are so much involved in our day-to-day life, and with people around, that our thinking is restricted to the four corners of our cubicle. Travelling alone may bring you face-to-face with your own potential. It’ll bring you closer to your own creative self.
Fall in love with yourself
You would spend time with the person, who was forgotten all this while – yourself. You’ll be able to notice your own traits, both good and bad. Are you polite enough? Are you kind and generous? Do you say “Sorry”, “Thank You” often? What kind of food do you like? Do you judge people? At times, we just don’t get time to pay attention to our self. We are just busy with everyday errands and relationships. Travelling alone will make it possible for you to give time to yourself, and you may just notice what a wonderful human was hidden inside you. Travelling solo may even make you more tolerant and compassionate towards your own self and other human beings. You’ll learn to love your own company.
We agree solo travelling may not be for everyone. But, how would you know unless you try it for yourself? So, if you are in need of a break from your day-to-day issues then pack your bags and just walk out that door. It’s much easier than hiking Mount Everest.