Traveling solo sounds a scary thing to do and can be a little intimidating. Then, you heard or watched some news about solo travelers who got lost or got into trouble. It just make things worse, right? However, wherever you are in the world if things are meant to happen, most likely it will.
Getting out of your comfort zone, taking risk, and blend in the real world is much more rewarding than you could possibly imagine. If you are scared to leave from the shadow of your comforts, then you will NEVER experience the BEST in this so-called life.
Most people prefer to travel with someone or rely on the company of others. However, once you tried to travel all by yourself, your perspective will surely change. Here’s why:
1. It’s cheaper
Heading off to somewhere alone is economical. You can go as cheap as you want and you will never hear someone complaining at all. When you travel with someone, most likely you will also consider what they want. Most of the time, it will jeopardize your finances and the worst – your own plans will be compromised.
2. It will beef-up your self-confidence
The moment you step out of your comfort zone and explore the world alone is when your confidence is tested. Heading towards the land of the unknown will make you feel anxious. However, as you go along the way you will be surprised that you get things done all by yourself. Those things that you never believed you could do but you did. It’s when you realized that you could do so much and it will ignite your audacity to do more for sure.
3. You’ll become a warrior, self-reliant and empowered
Traveling alone means that you have to deal with everything all by yourself. This includes finances, visas, itinerary, hotel/lodges booking, dealing with touts, and pretty much everything. Too much to handle? Maybe but not really.
At first, it might be a real struggle, yet when you get over with it, it’s just WOW! It’s amazing how you haggle in the streets, how you deal with the touts, how you fight for your seat on the bus or your room in a hotel/lodge, and how you manage your time and finances. As soon as you get yourself familiarize with the flow and how to get things done, then it’s a piece of cake. Would you be able to learn all these if you rely on the company of others? No way and never will. You wouldn’t even know in your lifetime that you could do this at all.
4. You’ll have so much freedom
As a solo traveler, this is what I like the most. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want, and how you want it. Simple as that. Great, isn’t it?
If you want to jump out of your bed 8 o’clock in the morning, who cares. If you wish to go back to your hotel before midnight, no one would bother you. You can manage your own time and do pretty much anything without worries.
5. Less hassle, less stress
I couldn’t agree more to this. That moment when you want to shop or simply chill somewhere but your companion wants something else. It’s a headache, right?
In some cases, you’re trying to buy something for yourself then your so called company will criticize you or worse would yell at you asking you to speed up. Worst case scenario is when you miss the train, bus or your flight because someone moves like a turtle. Ugh! I have patience but oh dear if I would deal with this the entire length of travel I would rather stay at home and watch TV.
When you are on your own, you only need to worry about yourself. If you miss the train or your flight there’s no one else to blame except you and you alone. If something goes wrong, no one will scream at you and you won’t feel guilty at all. When you run into troubles along the way, you would be able to sort it out silently all by yourself without the added stress on your shoulders when you got company.
6. You will know your true value as a person
Most of the time, keeping yourself in a group of people or getting used with someone else company would make you forget your true value as a person. Sometimes we got too relaxed with the company of others and often forgot ourselves.
We became more dependent instead of mastering the skills of independency. The moment you decide to detach yourself away from others at some point is when you’ll become aware of who you really are and what you’re capable of doing.
You are a precious gem, unique, and highly valuable. You are stronger more than you think you are. You can do a lot of things but you won’t be able to realize that until you get the chance to reflect and uncover your true identity. Traveling alone and spending enough time with yourself will not only help you know yourself better but you would also find the answers to your questions answerable only by you.
7. You’ll become an itinerary master
Since you are traveling solo, you are responsible for your own itinerary. Your skills in planning and time management will come into action. It’s surprising how you manage to talk to strangers asking for inputs about certain places you’d likely visit in the next few months, weeks or days.
You would master the art of online search, become wiser in choosing the where to go places and hotel bookings. You’d become an expert in time management. You would know when to maximize your time in certain places and when to move fast. You can adhere to your itinerary or make a little tweak if need be.
8. You’ll meet new good friends
When you are a traveling alone, you’d likely meet new friends. In my experience, most of them are solo travelers as well. It’s incredible that you get along well with these strangers though you just met for an hour or so. You shared stories and had a good laughed, then became the best of friends in the next two-three hours. It’s just Awesome! You will learn a lot from them and vice versa.
9. It will help you improve your linguistics skills
If you’re traveling to a foreign land, you have to know at least the very basic of their native language though you can hire a guide who can help you do the translation when needed.
However, let’s get real here. They are not available 24/7 and you don’t want them around all the time for sure. This would mean that you would be forced to communicate with the locals using their language.
10. It will make you a better person
Solo travels will not just give you satisfaction and pride but it will also polish your essential nature and can clear your chaotic head so you will have enough room to ponder about the vital things in life. You may be thinking of the tough times that you’ve gone through, yet you can’t complain when you’ve met people on the other side of the planet who have less, suffers a lot but in spite of all these they get on with their lives and live happily.
We all have ups and downs in our lives and may face huge blockades along the way. What really matters is, how we rise above the obstacles and say; “I did it! I can do it again and I can do better.”