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“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world”- Freya Stark.
Do you have what it takes to travel alone? Everyone has a different attitude and opinion when it comes to planning a journey alone. It gives you an opportunity to gain valuable experience about the world, people, food, customs and traditions. Solo travel can work for anyone whether you are single, in a relationship, an introvert or extrovert. If you have a bucket list, then travelling solo should be on it and here’s why:
1. It’s a chance to overcome your fear!
Travelling alone can be scary at first. You will have a zillion doubts – what if I get lost? bored? robbed? But remember, anything that is scary is really an opportunity to be empowered.
2. You learn to make friends with strangers
Remember how Rani made such great friends when she gathered the courage to travel alone to Amsterdam in Queen? Travelling alone is not just a great way to understand local culture but also to meet new people and gain valuable insights. It’s very important to keep safety in mind, especially in a foreign land, but the key is to keep an open mind.
3. You get a chance to enjoy your own company!
If you otherwise lead a very busy life, taking a trip alone will be a revelation. You will have a lot of time to just listen to yourself. Depending on where you chose to go, a solo trip can be an introspective and life-changing experience without really having to make conversation with anyone!
4. You can make your own itinerary!
One of the best things about being a solo traveler is YOU decide what you want to do without any hesitation. When you travel on your own, you are more flexible with time, the choice of destination and most importantly, what you want to eat! You are not obliged to entertain anyone but yourself. If you want to stay holed up in your hotel, drinking at the bar and not go sightseeing, you only have to be answerable to yourself!
5. Discover something new
When you travel alone you can learn something new rather than travelling in a group. You could discover a new pastime, food or skill or a place that you might not have tried.
6. Strengthen your problem solving skills
Getting lost, missing a flight or not getting a signal connection can be quite scary. Learning how to deal with this situation improves your problem solving skills. When you are alone every situation big or small, strengthens your problem solving skills.
7. Learn to manage your money
You can hire a bicycle instead of catching a taxi. Even better – you can walk everywhere which is the best way to know a new city or its locals. You can stay at a hostel or hotel. You get how much to spend and where. And the money you save can be spent on your next trip.
8. Get some perspective
When you are on a solo trip you will be little more aware about your surroundings, people and situations. In this way the way you look at things will change.
9. Gain Confidence
Expect a bumpy ride as well – you might face some problems, will have to make your own decisions and even take a few risks on your own. These situations make you stronger, braver and much more confident.
For some people it’s a tough decision and will be a weird feeling on the first day, but at the end of the day you will not regret it. Because life is about unexpected adventures, inspiring places, creating lifelong friendships and living life with #NOREGRETS!
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