Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing wonderfully well and working towards your dreams. Today I am keen on sharing my tips on solo travel. In today’s world many of us have become accustomed to doing things in pairs, as a family or as a team. Even in job scenarios most companies tend to recruit a candidate that is more likely to be a team player within the organisation. Well, while the trait of doing things with others is great, it may sometimes stripe us of our individuality, identity and confidence in some cases.
I know many of us have our dream destinations somewhere on our vision boards, diaries or journals but tend to shy away from going alone due to the fear of the unknown. Today I will let you in on a little secret….you are your best travel partner.
My most recent solo trip was to Barcelona and it was quite the adventure and with that in mind, I shall be chronicling the pros and cons of travelling companionless.
- You build your confidence
It’s always safe to hide behind a crowd, family, friends or even your partner but when you travel alone you will most certainly take charge of your situation, itinerary and funds. There is literally no one to bail you out. Chances are you will have to communicate with others during your travels, you maybe prompted to ask for directions when you travel or even have small talk with people from various countries for one reason or the other. If you are an introvert I would suggest that you travel alone to boost your confidence and take charge of your situation. I guarantee that after your trip you will be more confident and fearless.
- You will make new friends
The most common obstacle to many when it comes to solo travelling is the fear of being alone. While the alone syndrome may catch you, it shouldn’t be a reason not to explore the world companionless. On the contrary it should highly motivate you, seeing that you are likely to meet new people and form wonderful friendships. You may even meet your life long partner on such trips, who knows :-).
- You will be in charge of your finances
Let’s be honest, money is the most crucial aspect about traveling. So depending on your budget you can choose places to go and things to do. It’s so much easier to plan your finances when travelling solo as you are more aware of your financial constraints or limits. You can easily decide what to splurge on and what not to.
- You will be in charge of your itinerary
Being alone gives you the independence of being selfish with your individual interests and accords you the freedom of choosing what activity to do, what to eat and where to go. This can be quite liberating if you embrace it really.
- You will improve your travel skills
Your travel skills will improve and you will become fearless and this will likely lead to you saving and planning for your next trip. It shall ignite the travel bug in you.
- It may lead to self-discovery
Being solo is one of the best ways of discovering who you really are. The plight most of millennials have, myself included is that we have become sucked up with comparison, social media and other irrelevant facets of life that we often forget who we really are and we hardly ever stop to smell the roses. Solo travel can help unclog your mindset if you are stuck in a rut.
- You will take the most hideous pictures ever XD
When traveling solo, chances are you will take some really ghastly pictures, while they may not be ugly, chances are that the angles and the features that you want highlighted will be disproportional to say the least. Unless of course you are a professional photographer. A good example is down below :-).
- You may get lonely (but not necessarily)
Learning to enjoy your own company will yield far greater consequences than you ever imagined. You will begin to do things that you enjoy more, you will treasure the real relationships in your life, you will become more productive and you will learn the art of independence and once you can enjoy your own company, you will never be alone.
I would therefore, suggest that if you plan on travelling solo make sure your itinerary is filled up and busy to avoid the feeling of solitude. You may also join travel groups whilst in a particular city so as to meet up with people.
” There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” Mandy Hale
Thanks for stopping by.
As always may adventure be with you!