Traveling to a new and different place by yourself can be both fascinating and frightening. Not knowing the culture, people, places, and language can often make a traveler worry about many unexpected things that may arise during the journey.
But solo travels can be a fulfilling and safe experience, even for women who are the least likely to travel on their own. As long as you plan accordingly and are prepared for any bumps along the way. Here are some great reasons why going on a trip alone has become one of today's leading trend in travel:
A Perfect Getaway
Solo trips create an opportunity for some much time away from everything. Sometimes, the everyday life you can be so overwhelming, that leaving everything behind and collecting yourself is necessary. There is a need to get a break from family, friends, relationships, work and other factors that have grown to be potential stressors. Venture somewhere different for a while and just let go. Reset your mind and body. See the journey as a new start for your life so you don’t derail and turn into an emotional train wreck. The journey is for and all about you.
Leaving Your Comfort Zone
Staying in your comfort zone does not cater to growth in any aspect of your life. Thus, the saying goes: “A rolling stone gathers no moss”. You are not defined by what you've seen and experienced. Getting out there and being able to see more is one surefire way to open your eyes to new ideas and concepts. From learning to appreciate certain kind of foods you were too scared to try, to finding out new ways to deal with your stress-filled life, and being able to discover and understand other realities apart from yours is a valuable experience to any individual.
Learning to be Independent
Standing on your own two feet is something everybody will have to go through at some point in their lives. Engaging oneself in a solo trip is one way to learn and establish independence. Oftentimes, finding yourself in a situation with no one to rely on is a great way to apply the lessons you have learned growing up. It may seem quite worrisome at first, working your way through situations on your own, you will begin to feel more confident in dealing with new things the world throws at you. The rewarding feeling you get from achieving a sense of independence eventually turns you into a different person. Remember, inner confidence only needs a good push.
Making Personal Opinions on Culture and Diversity
When you travel with a partner or a group of friends, you tend to share or even mirror their opinions, clouding your judgment on foods, culture, race, climate, and anything else you can find while traveling. When you travel by yourself, you form experiences and opinions not influenced by another party. All of the ideas and opinions you make come from first-hand interaction and observation. You may learn to enjoy dishes or cultural ceremonies that have been put down by your peers and fellow travelers. Learn to make an opinion for your self. Not everybody is built or thinks the same so don’t feel bad about being the odd one out. Life is a box of chocolates. You might have a hazelnut center while everybody else has coconut filling.
Learning More About Yourself
Living out the same routine and interacting with the same people over and over will get you used to a one-track mindset. Jumping into a trip by yourself often introduces you to new and what could sometimes be stressful or bothersome situations. This is a great way to learn about yourself and how you react to new situations that would never have happened had you stayed at home or gone on a trip where you had to share the brunt of the experience with somebody. Take the time to explore your faults, your strong points and maybe even learning to be happy with who you are. If you can’t learn to enjoy who you are, how else is anybody supposed to?
Now that you know a little bit more about the benefits of solo travel, start planning that trip and get flying. There’s a wealth of experience to gain and lessons to learn when you do.