I believe that everyone should travel at least once in their lifetime. There’s so much you can learn from visiting a new place and immersing yourself in their culture. While traveling in any capacity is a great experience to have, what I want to do at some point in my life is to take trips by myself. I had a long distance friend of mine who enjoyed taking trips in and out of California. He loved it! Initially, I was shocked to learn he would take trips by himself with no family or friends. He would do this just to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. After hearing about his experiences, I‘m interested in doing the same. If you’re thinking about taking a solo getaway yourself, here are a few benefits to look forward to:
1.) You Will Be More Focused The Present
We can get so caught up in the past and the future. But when you are traveling by yourself, you are taking in every moment. Traveling alone can teach you to stay in the present. It forces you to take in life’s little moments. Staying present is a mindset you can take anywhere you travel.
2.) You Will Become More Self-Reliant
When you are traveling with others, there is a chance drama will crop up because you are all trying to figure out what to do. Solo traveling forces you to figure things out on your own. If you are stuck, you have no choice but to ask a stranger. That is perfectly fine because it’s part of the experience. Learning things out for yourself will help you become more confident and independent.
3.) Meeting New People/Eating New Food
Solo traveling means you have no choice but to make friends. You have new opportunities to meet new people you may have never met in your hometown. You could land a new travel buddy or gain a pen pal. Let’s say you are single and you decide to take a getaway. You could meet someone special while on your travels. You also get to discover new, delicious food from different cultures. People will recommend various kinds of foods for you to try. Who knows? You may come back home with a long list of new recipes.
4.) You Will Discover Yourself
Traveling by yourself means that you will be alone with your inner thoughts. For some people, being alone is terrifying, especially while traveling. But after hearing about my friend’s experience, I learned that solo traveling can help you discover who you are. Maybe you learn that you want to travel solo more often. Maybe you realize you never want to travel again! Either way, you will discover something new about yourself from traveling alone which is a benefit that is worthwhile.