Haven’t we all heard a gazillion quotes on how solo travelling is therapeutic and liberating? A lot of times we get so stuck in our lives that we need a little nudge to just go ahead and book our solo trip tickets that we’ve been wanting to book for the longest time. In the last 2 years, I have done 6 solo trips(Jaipur, Pushkar, Mandu, Lonar, Hampi, Kodaikanal & Munnar) and trust me, it is one of the best feeling ever. The more I travel solo, more I want to go SOLO. If you’re someone who is thinking about solo travelling, I’ll give you 10 reasons that will make you fall in love with solo travelling:
1) You meet new people and socialize more
Travelling to a different place and to different countries not only makes you more sociable but will also broaden your perspectives and thoughts on different things. When you speak to new people from different cultures, you will get a sneak peek into completely different thought processes and beliefs. It’s not necessary for all those thoughts and beliefs to match your beliefs or ideals but it never hurts to see things from another’s perspectives and their reasons for holding those beliefs. This also makes you more tolerant of what others think and feel about different subjects.
2) Solo Travelling teaches you independence
A lot of times we abstain from doing certain things because we are alone or due to lack of company. Solo travelling has always been associated with being on your own and about enjoying your own company. When travelling all by yourself, you will learn to discover new routes to places, you might get a little stressed at first but you will find things out eventually. Solo travelling and the independence that comes with it will give you a strange pleasure as you find yourself in a completely different zone with unknown people.
3) You get to know yourself better
Our modern-day lives trap us in so much work that we get tied up in life chores and forget to understand and be appreciative of ourselves. Solo travelling helps you to get in touch with your feelings while also setting you off on a journey to self-discovery. When you travel alone, you will learn things about yourself that even you did not notice. It could be the little things, right from the kind of cuisines you like, to how you tend to behave in certain stressful situations.
4) Solo travel pushes you out of your comfort zone
It is said that in order to grow, it is important for us to step out of our comfort zones. When you start getting extra comfortable in your comfort zone, that’s the time for you to break out of it. One of the best ways to break out of your comfort zone is to take a solo trip and travel to a place that you’ve never experienced before. At first, it might sound intimidating but will turn out to be an extremely liberating experience when you actually try it. As time passes, you will understand that it’s just mindless boundaries that we put on ourselves and understand the importance of breaking out of the comfort zone.
5) You will have so many stories to tell
Have you ever met people who have myriad stories to tell? Most of these people are very well-travelled and have lived some of the best memories when they were travelling. It’s almost like travelling, especially solo travelling, turns you into a story-teller because you have so many different things to talk about and experiences that you want to share about the different places that you have travelled to. If you’re well travelled, you will never fall short of experiences that you want to share as you would already have a bag full of travel stories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Watch yourself turn into one of the most interesting people with thousands of stories worth telling when you’re sitting in a group.
6) Create memories by yourself
The best things in life are not things. It is the memories that you create while you are living life to the fullest. What is a better way to create memories than to create them while you are travelling solo? Pick up memoirs or souvenirs from tiny local shops when you’re visiting a new place. The best and most convenient souvenirs that you can buy, are refrigerator magnets. Imagine your fridge door adorned with all the souvenirs from your solo trips. Every single time that you look at them, they will only remind you of all the fun you had while travelling and purge you to plan another solo trip.
7) Solo travelling teaches you about cultures
When you’re travelling, it opens up your eyes to new traditions, cultural beliefs and thought processes when you head to different countries or even local cities. If you think solo travel is only about travelling to fancy places, you’re not thinking in the right direction. All you have to do to experience different cultures is to travel to another place and break out of your zone. Even a solo trip to a small village will meet you with completely new lifestyles. These experiences are not only enriching but also rejuvenate you from the modern-day city life.
8) Solo travel makes you more responsible
Solo travelling makes you more responsible for your documents, valuables and your own belongings. When you’re away from home, you are responsible for your bags and for yourself. When travelling alone, you come to realize that your safety along with that of your luggage is only dependent on you, it will change your behaviour in ways that you will realize only towards the end of your trip.
9) You learn about the world
When you’re travelling alone, you’re obviously all by yourself and so, there’s more time to explore the place around you. You get to learn about new food, new languages, local customs, and about the place. Travelling teaches you how important it is to broaden your horizon of knowledge and the meaning of being well-travelled. It is the best life experience that grounds you and makes you understand that there is always more to learn than you already know. It also makes you realize how you’re a tiny blot in this massively huge universe and how one must avoid considering themselves the center of the universe. It also makes you more compassionate.
10) Enjoy the anonymity of solo travelling
Sometimes, we get so stuck in fulfilling all our duties and responsibilities that we forget our individuality. Solo travelling gives you a chance to just be you and create an identity for yourself that is different from anything that you’ve been back home. The only person that knows you is you! Your identity is not related to any of the roles nor is it tied to your work. However clichéd this sounds, solo travelling helps you in finding yourself.
I can go on and on how much I like the idea of solo travelling and how it has been one of the most liberating experiences of my life, but I believe you guys must have gotten the drift by now!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to a new place, solo!
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