I’ve always been a fan of travelling and whilst I have been to my fair share of countries, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the places I want to go.
My problem is that I don’t really have anybody who has wanderlust the same way I do. I had never really thought about travelling alone until I stumbled across Alyssa Ramos on The Huffington Post
1. You Will Learn So Much About Yourself
Okay so this may be the biggest cliché regarding travelling alone, but that’s because there is so much truth in it. Spending time alone will teach you so much about yourself and give you space to think about anything and everything. Sure, it’s true that you can never really be lonely when travelling alone because there are so many other travellers out there, you’re undoubtedly going to make friends, but there will also be a lot of times where you’ll be completely alone and it’ll allow you to understand yourself so much better.
2. You Will Become Self-Sufficient
Not having to rely on anybody else to make plans or ensure you catch that flight will give you a sense of independence you just won’t get from travelling with other people. The freedom to do what you want, when you want is so liberating, I can’t think of any better feeling. When you’re doing exactly what you want on your terms, you will be happier and free – a trait that will aid you endlessly once you return from your travels.
3. It Will Inspire You
Travelling to other countries and experiencing other cultures will definitely unleash your creativity and inspire you to grow as a person. But solitude will also aid in your creativity, since being alone quiets outside distractions. Take time to write that book you’ve always wanted to write, paint a pretty landscape or simply take a long hike to think about your future. Travelling alone is not only the perfect time to be inspired and creative, but it’s also the time to act on those motivations.
4. It Will Teach You to Be Open And Comfortable With Others
Travelling alone, you’re likely to meet a lot of other people. Be open to new people and new conversations – getting to know somebody else is one of the greatest feelings and whilst travelling across the world is one of the easiest ways to do so. Understanding how others communicate, particularly in other cultures, will come naturally to you whilst travelling and it will help you in your life and career back home too.
5. It Will Humble You
Being able to travel the world is one of life’s finest luxuries, and experiencing other cultures with people who are so different from yourself is one of the best ways to grow as a person. Experiencing cultures that aren’t as privileged as your own will make you appreciate what you have and sometimes just seeing an amazing landscape can make a person feel humble. You can choose to be ignorant when travelling, but with so much amazing culture around you and interesting people to discover, it’s pretty hard to stay ignorant.
So what are you waiting for? Travelling alone may seem daunting and scary, but with the right amount of planning and safety precautions, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done. Where’s top on your travelling bucket list?
By Christina L.