I know endless articles have been written about the advantages of solo traveling but I won’t hold myself from adding one more, simply because it’s too hard not to share life-changing experiences and advice.
Even if you’re a frequent traveler and you’ve roamed the world, you’ve never really traveled if you haven’t ventured on your own at least once with just a backpack on your shoulders.
Traveling solo is an eye-opening experience that transformed me, and here’s why I truly recommend it for everyone who hasn’t had the guts to do it yet:
1- There’s nothing more exciting than a new challenge.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Knowing that you’re leaving your comfort zone to explore the unknown is by itself a sense-tickling adrenaline-kicking feeling that will leave you awake at night, thinking of all the exciting things this new adventure will bring you. What’s awaiting me? Will I be able to manage alone? What kind of people will I meet? Where will I end up? Your mind is racing with all these questions and suddenly, you’re alive again! Because there’s nothing healthier than a new challenge around the corner…
2- You can plan your trip the way you like.
One of the best things about traveling alone is that you’re in command of your own decisions. No compromising, no middle ground, no waiting for your friend(s) to get ready and make up their mind. It’s only you, your backpack and your mood for the day. You just do what you want to do, whenever you want to do it. The best recipe for spontaneous moments you’ll never forget!
3- You learn how to be alone.
Most people avoid solo traveling because they’re afraid of being alone with themselves. These people, I truly urge to take the leap. When you travel alone, you have no choice but to spend time with yourself, get to know yourself, what you like and what you don’t like. Being alone is the best way to reconcile with yourself, find harmony and peace within you because at the end of the day, if you don’t know how to be comfortable with yourself, you will never know how to be with others.
4- You learn how to overcome your fears.
Traveling solo is not easy. It opens your eyes to the strengths you have but also to your deepest fears. And guess what? You have no one to rely on but yourself to deal with those fears. So here you are, finding all sorts of ways to calm and convince yourself that everything will be alright. What you don’t know is that you’ll come out stronger than ever, because “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, right?
5- You meet more people.
Why? Because you have to talk to someone at some point! When you’re alone, you have to reach out, initiate conversations, try to be curious about the people around you. It’s actually a great way to come out of your bubble, leave your comfort zone and make new friends. Believe me, it’s totally worth the effort because you’ll end up meeting different cultures from around the world, sharing experiences, and making awesome friends!
6- You relate to other backpackers and get to hear the best stories.
When you’re backpacking and you meet other backpackers on the road, the bond happens so naturally. By sharing this urge of carrying a backpack and seeing the world, you’re automatically part of the same community, you understand each other, and a bridge is already crossed. There’s already something you share, something exciting to talk about; and here’s when the most exciting wanderlust stories from around the world are exchanged. Here’s when you listen, you talk, you exchange, but most importantly, you learn, you discover, and where your mind is suddenly widening up to embrace new horizons.
7- You reconsider your life.
Traveling is a form of pilgrimage, a personal journey from which you will definitely come out transformed. By exploring the world, learning new things, meeting new people, you will automatically feel the need to reflect on your course of life, the decisions you took, the actions you did and you didn’t do. You will particularly reconsider some decisions with a broader vision and a more positive and ambitious attitude. Give it a try!
8- You feel so rewarded and satisfied.
Surviving an adventure alone is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. You’re proud of yourself, proud of venturing alone in the unknown, proud of all the thrilling moments you lived, the memories you made, and the new stories you created for yourself. You’ve never felt so confident, capable and strong. You start thinking of your next challenge and you notice your playground is the world and your limit is the sky.
9- You come out a better version of yourself.
Solo traveling awakens a different kind of energy inside you. It unblocks a potential you thought you didn’t have, it opens your eyes to the limitless opportunities of this world, and to the beautiful things you can do or become. You start to see better and deeper; you’re more in touch with yourself and the world. You can feel a certain transformation inside of you; it’s like something is unleashed and things will never be the same again…
I hope for all the above reasons, I’ve inspired you to embark on your own personal journey. Zero regrets guaranteed!