There are a lot of people traveling solo. People just like you. People looking for an adventure. People who crave interactions with others. All you have to do is place yourself in a social environment and the rest will unfold itself.
Most of the people you’ll meet on the road are also alone. It’s amazing how much easier it is to connect with people when you’re all on a similar path.
Let’s talk about freedom.
This is the main reason that I believe solo travel to be so rewarding – being able to meet NEW friends. Sure, traveling with a partner or best friend is special in itself – but it really prohibits you the freedom and time to develop a strong connection with new people.
I’m sure we’ve all been on a trip with someone where everything is going smoothly, until you have to compromise what you’ve been dying to see because they want to see something else. Then you’re both left unfulfilled and possibly resentful. The BEST solution would be to go off and do your own thing – but many people are afraid to do so.
All of this might seem like an uncomfortable task for many, or even impossible. But forcing yourself to be uncomfortable sometimes is HEALTHY. As long as you’re using the correct precautions and have a good sense of street smarts, there should be absolutely no fear in spending 4-5 hours of the day to yourself to do as you please.
This is why traveling solo is perfect. If you stay in a social hostel as I suggested in my blog about how to get over your fear of solo travel, you have the choice to go off in groups or sight-see alone. At the end of the day, you all meet back up together if you chose the latter. It’s a win-win!
There are many benefits to traveling solo…
Traveling might always seem like a blissful holiday, however, it often teaches you important life lessons that are not always visible in what we share on social media, particularly if you are going it alone. When you travel solo, your survival instincts are constantly on edge, because you have to look after yourself.
You have to judge situations and read people, and after a while it becomes a sort of second nature. These are skills that will remain with you and serve you well for the rest of your life beyond traveling.
With all of that exercised self-confidence, awareness and connection to your own gut instincts, comes a feeling that you can conquer anything. The feeling of absolute freedom that comes from travelling on your own is unbeatable and you learn how precious your independence truly is.
I must admit, I was not comfortable sitting with the idea of traveling alone until a few years ago. I never wanted to be alone. I didn’t even want to go shopping alone in my hometown when I was in my teen years.
The key here is to purposefully do the things that scare you or seem impossible.
The result? Feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling like you’re your own best friend.
For those of you who are afraid to be alone on a weekend night, or can’t fathom the idea of not being in a relationship; doing a solo trip will leave you craving your alone time, and you’ll end up learning to cherish and nourish your relationship with yourself.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods.; There is a rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its road: I love not man the less, but Nature more…” – Lord Byron
The Traveling Yogi