“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!”
When it comes to travelling, and leaving our comfort zones there are so many of us that come up with all sorts of excuses. I could probably write a book with all of the excuses I have come up with over the years, but my number 1 excuse was “I don’t want to go alone.”
There seems to be a stigma around solo travelling. You must be lonely, have no friends or incapable to find someone to love you! Also as a woman, when you tell people you’re travelling solo, their expression changes and they fear for your safety. You may have only met this person 5 minutes ago, but they seem genuinely scared for you.
So with all this happening it’s no wonder there’s not more of us pursuing our dreams to travel the world.
Here are a few reasons why travelling solo could be the best decision you have ever made, so far it has been for me!
It’s all about you:
When you’re taking the road to the unknown solo, the only person you have to think about or worry about is yourself. You are free to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
You are in charge of your own schedule, which means you can travel as fast as you like, or take longer seeing the things you would like to see.
You make new friends:
One of the best things about travelling is you get to meet loads of new people. This seems to be a lot easier when you are on your own, because you are less reliant on somebody else. There is something about solo travelling that gives you the confidence to talk to almost anyone.
Travelling alone gives you the opportunity to reflect and develop as a person. It gives you the time to figure out who you truly are as a person without the influence of the friends and family back at home.
You will figure things out about yourself you would never know otherwise.
You are putting yourself in a vulnerable situation, so your problem solving ability increases, you become so much more independent, and more fearless.
Embrace this time where you truly get to know yourself. Don’t be shocked that when you return home your life may not be like it used to be.
You are changing as a person and your old friends may not be, you may realise you don’t have as much in common as you once did.
There are so many reasons to travel alone, these are just my top ones so far. So what are you waiting for? Book those tickets!