Why Travelling Solo Can Be So Rewarding
Travelling is a fantastic way to stretch our horizons. When we step out of our comfort zones, we encounter new cultures, different approaches, and challenge ourselves to grow and see the world differently. When we step out of our comfort zones, we encounter new cultures, different approaches, and challenge ourselves to grow and see the world differently. We learn so much about life and ourselves when we journey beyond our familiar towns and cities. Travel is a valuable tool in self-awareness and growth as a person. Solo travel is even more powerful for getting to know yourself better and becoming more comfortable in your skin.
Find the best place to travel solo
While travelling alone can be invigorating, you should always make sure you do your research beforehand. Many travel companies offer solo traveller packages which are one way to make sure where you’re going has been vetted and is safe. Read reviews on TripAdvisor or chat with friends who have visited your destination before. Nothing beats trusted, first-hand knowledge so reach out for recommendations.
Action step: Create a bucket list of your dream travel destinations. Decide whether you want to plan everything yourself or use a travel company to help you book your trip and start checking places off your list.
“Take only memories. Leave only footprints.” Chris Seattle
Enjoy your own company
Not all of us are used to being in our own company, but it’s a healthy habit to cultivate; you will find yourself discovering new things and thoughts and coming away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to do a little ‘mind spring-clean’ and clear out all those latent thoughts that could be impacting you on a daily basis. Enjoying being alone is an empowering act of self-love and one that will serve you well, time and time again.
Action step: Pack a journal and good-quality pen and commit to spending a set amount of time each morning on your trip journaling.
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama
Top tips for travelling alone
“The journey is the destination.” Dan Eldon
There are a few things you can do to prepare for your solo travelling trip, which will make your travel all the more rewarding. For example, reading a novel based in your destination country and creating an inventory of key sites you want to visit to make sure you don’t miss any. And then once you’re on your way, don’t shy away from eating local cuisines, making friends and creating video diaries of your time. But above all, remember always to be aware of your surroundings and make sure you’ve let other people know where you are and what you’re up to. Solo travel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right planning and a positive mindset, you will be off on an adventure of a lifetime.
P.S Oh, before you start packing–here is a list of our top books to read whilst travelling.
1)Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2)Wild, A Journey from Lost to found by Cheryl Stray
3)On the road by Jack Kerouac
4)Santaram by Gregory David Roberts