10 Reasons I Advocate for, and Am Myself, Traveling Alone
- Grow Your Confidence
With no one else around, now you have to be the one to ask that stranger for directions. This is such a sure way to become self-reliant and grow into yourself.
You can move at your own pace. Spend the amount of time you want somewhere or on something. This is a guarantee that you will not get bored with your travels and your sightseeing.
- Find Yourself
Cheesy… I know but it is true. How are you ever going to know how you act and think without constant influences that have existed throughout your entire life. (This is also the reason I moved away from home for college)
I understand that traveling is expensive, but when you’re flying solo traveling can be cheaper! There are solo traveling deals all over the place, so I suggest doing research and focusing on being flexible. Since you are traveling alone, you only have one person’s opinion to consider and flexibility can lead to more deals as well.
Going hand in hand with #4 - when you are young you do not have the money to travel, but when you are older and have the money, you lack the time and ability to enjoy the destinations to the fullest extent.
- The Friendship
It forces you to meet new people you might not have met if you were traveling with a friend or family member. It is so much scarier traveling alone, when you are with someone you rely on them, confide in them, and unfortunately remain in your own bubble not really letting new people or experiences in. When you travel alone it pushes you out of your comfort zone which I think is essential in life to grow and to meet others. The friends you make along the way can be friendships that will last a lifetime and who knows maybe you can learn something from them too.
- Lack of Judgment
You are presented the opportunity to do things without a voice of reason, (i.e. family or friends telling you no) you become unapologetically free to say and do as you please with no fear of judgement from others.
- Distancing yourself
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, a cheesy but true statement. If you are not growing fonder, then it probably is not a valuable asset to your life. The people that mean the most will not disappear from your life because you take this time for yourself.
You have no one tagging along that you have to beg to get up early or push to do that wild thing you want to try. Along with pace, you set your own speed, and there is no one to force to keep up.
Even if you find out you hate being alone, at least now you are aware of what you really want out of this blessing of a world we have been given.
I diverge on this final note, from one of my favorite TV shows, “We do not get unlimited chances to have the things we want, and this I know, nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could change your life.” Addison Montgomery Greys Anatomy.
-Good Vibes and Adventure