To me, “Solo Travelling is an addiction”. The travel experience you get is of no-match.
Whenever it’s a group trip or when you are going with a friend there’s always a long history to it. picking a date that doesn’t collide with each other’s work, deciding a place where everyone is interested, waiting for others to free up their busy schedule, these all are common.
And then I realised it’s the same pattern that has been repeating over the years.
Though some people have definitely joined me, the majority of them have cancelled their plan because something urgent always comes up, forcing me to travel solo.
These experiences, if put together to find a pattern, have taught me – if I’ll wait for others, I’ll never go anywhere. And this is how I found my solo travel inspiration.
For many people the idea of true solo travel is a real challenge because we’re not used to our own company. It can make us uncomfortable; bring about too much thinking time; make you face yourself and your fears alone. But wow, once you step beyond that, there are a whole host of reasons why you should give solo travelling a go. At least once.
“The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready”Henry David Thoreau
Why I Prefer Solo Travel
- I Don’t Want Others To Hold My Back
From the very beginning, I knew that if I put off a trip because of other people, I can never travel and explore the world.
So when someone called-off their plan, I didn’t!
I travel solo because other people cancel their plans. I travel solo because I can’t let others hold me back.
2. I’d Find Solo Travelling Amusing
I have to admit, the very first time I did solo travel I was scared to hell, I decided If ever, I felt bored or realized that solo travelling isn’t meant for me, I can pack my bags and return immediately!
But for me, not visiting places I wanted to, was scarier and a more lonely feeling – It was only after a few solo journeys that I learned that solo travelling is not as risky or boring as it may initially seem. hence solo travelling became a way of life.
3. Solo Travelling Gave Me The Ultimate Freedom
The fact that there is never anyone to nag on me or override their reasons, made solo travelling a habit.
When you are on your own, you are not obliged to do as other people want.
Do you want to leave? Leave. Do you want to eat McDonald’s? Eat a McDonalds. Do you fancy a particular experience? Have it.
You wake up and it’s just you, and in that freedom and infinite space of possibilities, you explore yourself. You hit the limits of what you like and don’t like, and you understand yourself better.
some places even though they were famous, were not of my interests, and in solo travelling i could skip them and prioritize my time to those special places only.
4. It Is A Self Development Tool
I am more confident and outspoken now that I travel solo. And this transformation from being introvert to being extrovert happened over time.
And this change is only natural. I mean when you are repeatedly ending up in a new place, with no one at your end, you will have to take help from strangers and sometimes make them friends too. You have to find a solution to all your problems.
The entire aspect of exploring the world on your own makes you bolder, smarter and self-reliant.
So don’t wait for people or let them hold you back from your travel dreams. There’s only now, and if you won’t leave now, you may never leave.
I mean if I hadn’t stopped waiting, I would still be convincing someone else to accompany!