I was 19 years old when I set foot in an airplane, leaving for my first solo trip.
I was 20 years old when I went on my 6th solo trip, 6 times zones away from home.
We can conclude that the travel bug bit me – in a maybe slightly disturbing way. But that is not the subject here. Because what about you? What is stopping you?
Why should one go solo travel, you might wonder?
Let me sum up the most important reasons one needs to go solo travel at least once in a lifetime.
You gain independence
Let’s start by the beginning. You arrange everything yourself: you plan your trip, you saved up for tickets, you take leave at your job and you just go. Doing things on your own and taking care of your own requires independence. You are fully in control. You have to take care of your own. There is no family member or colleague or friend to assist you. You have to figure out things all by yourself. And that is where the fun begins. Because that is when you get to make mistakes and learn from it. That person you asked for instructions became your friend. The flight attendant whom you spoke to about your travels, gives you tips and invites you to a night out. The life begins. All because you gain confidence, courage and independence to live your life.
You gain strength
Going through an adventure alone strengthens the mind and spirit of a person.
You miss your family, lover and friends, but that makes you realize what you really have in life. Because you are separated from your normal life and the persons in it, you start to appreciate it so much more. And you become more grateful for everything that life gives you.
Mentally, you become more reliant on yourself and stronger as a person. You learn more about yourself and you trust yourself more.
Another important factor is that you broaden your horizon. You gain more courage and the true adventurer inside you steps out to the front.
You overcome fears, because you are out of your comfort zone.
When I was in South-Africa, I was so afraid to go hiking on the huge Table Mountain. After I collected all my courage and I did the hike, I felt like I was standing on the top of a mountain. Literally and figuratively. It was an accomplishment that I was proud of. I had became more stronger and had overcome a big challenge.
And that feeling, standing on the top of the mountain, is something we all need to have at one point in our lives.
You gain knowledge
Cultures, stories, languages, food, people: they are all part of new discoveries in your travels.
The moment you set foot into another country, you can smell it’s air, observe the people, learn their ways of communicating, dancing, eating, etc.
You learn about so many wonderful places, events. Your eyes won’t believe what they see.
And again, because you are alone, you have to figure things out alone. Every time you do that, you learn something new. All the mistakes I made traveling solo, I immediately transformed into lessons and learned from them for the better.
You gain life experience
After you travel solo, you have been through a lot. You can be very proud of yourself for accomplishing this trip. You have witnessed beautiful moments, made a lots of friends from around the world, maybe learned more about a language, a culture, etc.
You can become a travel expert and knowing the world little by little.
You learn about stories of people and you will share memories with some you will never forget. And you can be proud of yourself, because this is your accomplishment, your independence, your life.
So I invite you to try solo traveling at least one time in your life. Be the best version of yourself. Experience your moment on the top of a mountain. Be bold. Go solo travel.
More moments, more world. more life.