Boy, does time fly. We’re fast approaching the mid-year mark, leaving us only a mere six months left to scratch that travel itch! Bring up the word ‘travel’, and a lot of us start thinking about trips with our loved ones and friends. But what about traveling solo? While this may raise a few eyebrows, a solo trip can be invigorating and offer an experience like no other. There’s no better way to celebrate the mid-year than venturing out into a foreign city on your own. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, extroverted or introverted, here are a few good reasons why you should give it a shot:
1. You’ll discover and gain the confidence you never knew you had
The first confidence boost you’ll get is when you step out the door toward your awaiting solo adventure. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned soloist – with every journey comes new experiences. Think about all the possibilities that are before you! As you make your way through the destinations, traveling solo gives you the opportunity to think on your feet and get creative. This could even mean solving little problems along the way, such as getting from one point to another as you navigate your way through a foreign place.Be it attempting to communicate with locals who don’t speak the same language, to having to tackle issues with documents and visas, every situation provides you with the chance to think outside the box – a great confidence booster with each lesson and victory. Who knew you’d be able to do all of that on your own?
2. Spend time with the best person in the world – yourself!
Sure, we get the occasional ‘me’ time every now and then, but learning to spend time with just yourself in a different city can be thoroughly rewarding and precious. When was the last time you had the chance to sit down and truly listen to your thoughts? Explore museums and historical sites, take in the sunrise at a beach, or go for a stroll in the park without having to entertain anyone.Soaking in the beauty and culture on your own allows you to learn to be comfortable in your skin and confident in who you are. You’ll soon find that sometimes the best travel companion is yourself! When you’re alone, you’ll also find the much needed time to slow down and reflect on whatever’s on your mind without interruption. Now, how often do we get that when we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of our day-to- day life back at home?
3. Learn a new language
Learning a new language is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. You’ll soon begin to appreciate a new country in different ways and understand why certain customs exist.Sometimes, despite having years of experience playing charades, hand signs are just not going to cut it when you’re overseas and struggling to convey a message across. Though it may come as a surprise, most locals admire the effort when a visitor tries to speak the local language. By showing your eagerness to learn, they’ll be happy to teach you a few words and phrases, and before you know it, you’ll be able to throw a few proper sentences out there as you make your way around.
4. You get to decide what to do, and when you want it
Ever been caught in situation where your friends wanted to do one thing and you just weren’t up for it but had to make do? Well, when you travel on your own, you don’t have to anymore! You’re in charge so you don’t have to compromise anything and can follow your own plans. Even if you had a new spontaneous idea and wanted to change your travel plans, the only one you’d have to discuss it with would be yourself. Is there anything better than that?
5. Expand your friend network all over the world
If you’re afraid you’ll get lonely on your travels, fret not, as traveling solo can be a fantastic way to meet locals and fellow travelers. Always keep an open mind, and you’ll find that you could be chatting with interesting people at a coffee haunt, or other travelers at a hostel. You can even try meeting like-minded people at the museums, library, or even by the beach. Swap travel stories and experiences along the way, and who knows? You’ll not only make a new friend, but also pick up a few nifty travel tips and must- see hidden destination gems along the way.