Travelling solo has always been an option for me but it came a lot sooner and has become a lot more frequent then I expected. Growing up, I was always independent, confident and I loved taking charge. Solo travelling has honestly changed me in ways I didn’t expect – cliche I know – I would highly recommend everyone take a solo travel at least once in their lifetime. Here are the 22 reasons why you should travel solo.
It teaches you independence.
Because you’re travelling solo, you have no one to rely on but yourself. You have to look after you. Remember to pack your passport, remember to change your underwear. You are responsible for getting yourself from A to B and the whole content of your trip. After your first solo travel, you’ll become a lot more independent.
You become more creative.
Spending time in foreign place, alone, being at one with the world around you will always get your creative juices flowing.
You’ll get a technology detox.
While travelling, you’ll only really be able to scroll through ‘the gram’ when you’re connected to WiFi. You tend to spend a lot less time on your phone and actually live in the real world rather then online.
Patience is a virtue.
You’ll see an increase in your patience for sure. While travelling, their are so many unpredictable things that can occur and you’ll learn to just go with the flow. You learn to become more patient and tolerable of other cultures and customs.
You’ll get to know yourself pretty well.
Travelling solo is probably the best way to explore yourself. You learn your limits and start venturing outside of your comfort zone. Spending time with yourself is a great way to get to know you.
You’ll broaden your taste buds.
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD. You’ll be more inclined to try new foods, not just the basic burgers and buns you may be used to. Street food will be your meal of the day, especially if you are on a budget.
Sweating the small stuff won’t happen.
Travelling solo teaches you that there is no use in crying over spilt milk. You learn there is worse in the world that can happen and that there is people more worse off then you are.
You’ll be immersed in new cultures.
Dive into a whole new world. New culture. New food. New people.
You’ll become more adaptable.
You have no choice. You have to adapt to your surrounds, to new people, to a whole new world.
Compassion will become your middle name.
When you travel and immerse yourself into the culture, meet the locals and hear their stories – you become so much more compassionate for those who are less fortunate then you are. There are some places in the world which are beautiful, Instagrammable, a tourists perfect picture but not so much for the people. You heart opens up and you become a lot more empathetic and willing to help in any little way you can.
Loneliness will be a thing of the past.
What is being lonely? You are the best company you could ever have.
You’ll become a top hustler.
When travelling solo, you end up haggling for almost anything; bus tickets, souvenirs, taxi fares etc. Its actually a lot of fun and you meet some great people. Everyone loves a good bargain as long as its win-win.
You’ll fall in love with yourself.
Travel shows your what an amazing person you are and you honestly will fall in love with the person you are and start to become. You’ll find yourself loving you on the inside and outside.
Discipline will be your other middle name.
You’ll adopt discipline as your other name and quite quickly. While travelling, its great to be a complete free spirit, but you do need discipline and you’ll gain that sooner rather than later.
Exercise will be your new best friend.
You will walk everywhere. Most landmarks, museums or places of interest are located in the same area within walking distance from each other. Walking around a city or town is a great way to see it and uncover hidden gems. You might even find yourself running for the bus or a train.
Memories become more important then material things.
Strolling down the Champ-Elysees shoe shopping or watching the sunset on the Champ-Elysees from Arc De Triomphe. Travelling solo will make memories more important then collecting material things.
You’ll become a risk-taker.
Life is about taking risks and travelling solo will encourage you to take as many as you come across. Risks will excite you rather than frighten you.
Settling for less will be a thing of the past.
You’ll never settle for less again. You’ll learn what you’re worth and the what the world has to offer you. Learning value, more specifically, you’re value – its life changing.
You’ll become more decisive.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. All decisions are yours to make.
You’ll learn a new language.
While travelling solo, you may not become fluent but you’ll definitely learn some essentials. The longer you travel, the more you’ll understand and be able to speak.
Confidence dramatically increases.
You learn so much when you travel which make your more confident in your decisions, not just when travelling but in life.
You’ll gain life-long friendships.
You meet so many different people from around the world. When you travelling solo, you’ll be forced socialise with people from around the globe. Best part is you’ll have friends to visit from around the world.
You’ll be able to do anything alone.
Once you’re able to travel solo, you’ll be able to do anything alone. Whether its eating alone, going to the cinema or a concert on you’re own. You’ll literally be able to do anything on your own.