6. You Learn To Put Yourself First.
This point is specifically for people who are highly empathetic. Often, your own needs and desires get suppressed trying to fulfill those of others around you. Solo traveling gives you the rare chance to follow your own passions and desires completely forgetting about others. You literally can do whatever you want, whenever you want! For example, when I travel alone, I get to journal and write regularly, something I plan to do every day but never happens when I’m around other people.
When you travel alone, you get to put yourself first. There’s no need to worry about hurting someone’s sentiments or looking for a middle ground all the time. If you’re an empathetic individual like me, you always want to make sure that no one is hurt by your decisions. This is a great thing about empathetic people, but sometimes you just need to put yourself first. It’s essential for your growth and most importantly, you’ll get to know yourself more intimately.
Don’t feel guilty or selfish about putting yourself before others. When you give yourself the chance to expand your inner world and evolve, your capacity to give to others also grows.
7. You Get To Know Yourself Better.
One of the best things that happen when you travel alone is that you get to know yourself better. You’re doing everything all by yourself and spending so much time in your own company, so knowing yourself better is a natural byproduct.
When you travel alone, you become more self-aware, you become more in sync with your feelings, habits, thought process and natural tendencies. You’re intimate with the deepest parts of yourself.
8. You Will Develop New Perspectives.
Meeting so many types of people, exposing yourself to various kinds of cultures, traditions and local experiences will broaden your perspective immensely. You will learn to look at things differently and this will help you connect with and understand people better.
9. You Emit The Lone Wolf Aura.
Isn’t there something very appealing about a solo traveler who is visibly confident and seems to be having a great time? When you travel alone, you’re like this enigmatic lone wolf and bound to draw a lot of attention! Everyone is intrigued by a solo traveler who is self-assured and having a good time all by himself/herself. So travel alone and get that “lone wolf” vibe working for yourself!
10. It’s A Pilgrimage
Traveling alone is the modern form of pilgrimage. If you are interested in spirituality, you’ll know the importance of digging into your own soul. All the great spiritual teachers achieved enlightenment by being alone. Buddha went into the woods and spent a great deal of time meditating, while Jesus is believed to have journeyed to Asia to hone his spiritual powers.
It is unfortunate that such things are no longer popular in our society, but the concept is making a resurgence. Things like backpacking trips and solo travel are becoming more popular for a reason. People are choosing to travel alone more than ever before these days. It’s your own personal journey, explore the world, explore yourself. Do it the way you want to.
I hope this post gives you the strength and encouragement you need to travel alone. Planning everything properly will take a lot of time and effort, but it’s totally worth it! You will benefit immensely from a solo trip. Even if it’s only once in your lifetime, still do it. Embark on your adventure! Give in to that inner calling. You will thank me later.
Life is all about enjoying the journey. Live each moment to the fullest.