If you follow any sort of travel blog, you have probably heard it before – travelling alone is possibly the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself.
A few years ago I went on my first ever big travel adventure, and I went all on my lonesome. Before setting off, I was absolutely terrified, to the point of holding back tears at the airport. But I can tell you now, this was absolutely the best thing I have ever done for myself, and I would one hundred percent recommend solo travel to anyone.
So why is this is such a valuable experience? Below are a few reasons why I absolutely love travelling solo.
The people you will meet
When you’re travelling alone, you have two choices:
- Talk to that person and potentially make a new friend, or at the very least, have an interesting conversation.
- Don’t talk to that person, and spend the day alone.
Some days, you will be completely happy in your own company, and on other days you will miss the company of other humans. Travelling pushes you out of your comfort zone, to speak to people you might not usually speak to. The people you meet while solo travelling are truly special, because they will be the people that you can look back and share those experiences with. I’ll always fondly remember the Singaporean girl who became the person I explored various European cities with. We were two people from completely different life backgrounds, who bonded over a mutual love for Taylor Swift and coffee.
The people I’ve met while travelling will forever hold a special place in my memory banks.
The things you will do
When travelling alone, no one else can choose how you spend your day, but you. The freedom of choice to do whatever you like, whenever you like, is the best. Feel like spending your day shopping? Then do it. Feel like going to a museum? The choice is yours. Feel like sitting in bed and eating snacks? Do it!
The trip will be full of all the things you ever wanted to do, and none of the things you didn’t want to do.
The realization that you can do anything
Travelling is not always easy. There will be flights that get delayed, tours that aren’t quite what you expected, and days when you just miss home.
When you’re alone though, all that you can do is get on with it and sort it out, one step at a time. You will be amazed at what you are capable of, when you have to be.
The discovery that you are your own best friend
My solo adventures have shown me just how okay I am in my own company. There are many hours and days spent alone when traveling on your own. There will be long layovers in airports, walking through cities, and sight seeing all on your lonesome. As long as you have some good tunes, a good book, and a passion to explore, you will be totally fine.
You will learn to appreciate how rare and precious those moments when you are completely alone really are, without the responsibilities of everyday life.
So go on, explore. Just you, your iPhone and a Lonely Planet guide. Have fun.