Going on a solo trip with only yourself for company may seem daunting, but can turn out to be one of the happiest times of your life. When you manage everything yourself, from planning the trip to actually going on the trip, it can be overwhelming, but deeply rewarding.
That’s why we think everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime. Unconvinced? Here are just some of the reasons why you should give yourself a chance to travel solo, and maybe discover yourself in the process:
Be King Of The Castle
Planning a trip can be tricky when you have to coordinate between groups of people, or even with one other person. A plan made weeks ahead of time can change at the drop of a hat, depending on people’s whims and fancies. But going solo means you have more freedom. Just ask yourself what you want to do, and then go ahead and do it.
When travelling alone you can tick more items off your bucket list. Go hiking, trekking, bir billing, cycling or swimming — anything is possible, and at your own pace, since no one’s waiting around for you to catch up.
To travel alone forces you to confront who you are. You are forced to ask strangers for help in sign language because you don’t know the local language, or to find your way back to your hotel. Your safety nets are pulled off, and you’ll only emerge stronger and more capable.
Stay In Control
Feel like staying in your room rather than going out exploring? Or you want to go to the beach for a lazy stroll rather than trying out that fancy restaurant like you planned? Guess what? You can change your plans at any second; really, the best part about traveling solo is the freedom that comes with it.
Deciding how much you want to spend on what is entirely up to you. You can decide to walk back to your hotel rather than spending on conveyance or go hunt for street food rather than ordering room service; the decision is entirely yours.
It may sound cliche, but we often lose a sense of who we are while traversing through our busy lives. Going on a solo trip can help you re-discover yourself. When you are true to yourself, making a simple choice between going to a club or hitting the beach in Goa says a lot about who you are.
Facing your fears alone builds your self-confidence. When you’re pushed out of your comfort zone and you figure your way out yourself, you feel a sense of accomplishment. If shyness has held you back so far, then travelling alone is a must.
If you’re on a solo trip you have better chances of having a good conversation with locals. You can ask for directions to places, or can even try local cuisine at someone’s house. You’d be surprised by how welcoming people can be. But bear in mind, you will need to have good listening skills to know people and talk to them about their experiences. Believe us, these stories can have a surprisingly positive effect on you.
So, stop with the excuse that there’s no one to accompany you — just start packing. You won’t regret it. Go solo!