Often daily tasks, responsibilities and to-do lists can swallow us up in our every-day routines. Now, more so than ever, we live in a fast-paced world with unseemingly high standards (think; the world of reviews) – more options, a desire to accomplish more – more, more, more.
This leaves us with little time for reflection and without realising it, we often put ourselves on the backburner. Travelling solo is brilliant because simple life skills are intensified. You learn your likes and dislikes, how to bond with people and the value of an experience. And, because you’re on your own, you learn to enjoy your own company – and you learn introspection.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone and travelling solo is a fantastic way of cultivating independence as you are your own responsibility! You will have to go out of your way to make friends – you may go out for coffee or visit a local bar, format your body in an open and inviting fashion and make an effort to connect with people you wouldn’t usually take notice of.
Because you are more vulnerable but open to meeting new people – you trust everyone and yet no-one. You learn important street smart skills and you will notice that when you meet someone you trust, bonding is fast tracked.
You make friends along the way
Everyone is in the same boat – one way or another – and this often speeds up the bonding process. If you jump on a guided tour, trek or cruise – it’ll teach you interpersonal skills, collaboration and how to get along with all the weird and wonderful personalities that you may meet.
You learn your likes and dislikes
You carve your journey and along the way you’ll understand your likes and dislikes. You begin to prioritize what matters and what doesn’t and when travelling solo, I noticed that things only start to matter when they directly impact you, and that the journey is an experience in itself.
Different view of material possessions
Research shows that the feeling of happiness when you buy a material item is short lived, whereas satisfaction from an experience increases overtime.
Travel provides an abundance of experience – the good, the bad and the ugly. To me, an experience – whether it be a new culture, a-thrill-seeking-activity, an arduous trek or tasting the local cuisine – is worth so much more than a bling-bling-thing. An experience also offers more opportunity to connect with people that is vital for a persons wellbeing.
You will be in situations where public transport doesn’t turn up, you get food poisoning on a 6-hour bus journey and you can barely make the bathroom, you have a ski trip planned and the weather turns sour, you book a visa for the wrong month, you miss a flight, you loose your passport – traveling helps cultivate tolerance.
The term ‘same same but different’ will ring true –people are so similar yet so different. Traveling helps cultivate tolerance for different ethnicities, personalities and peoples’ worldviews – more so whilst traveling solo as your moving in a different kettle of fish – at every place!
Travelling alone can seem daunting and scary, but there is so much to gain from spending time with yourself. If you’re considering a solo trip – seek out small size and road trip vibes that are award-winning, awe-inspiring and authentic!