Summer is the time of the year where travelling comes into focus and self-discovery becomes an important part of it. While many prefer travelling with friends, family or even spouses, there are a certain group of people who prefer travelling alone.
These are the solo travelers. Solo travelers generally travel with one purpose: self-discovery. The calmness of our souls get disrupted during the course of our day to day lives. However, travelling to exotic places and exploring them alone allows us to rekindle our souls and refresh ourselves.
Till this very day, I crave journeys and train rides alone, it allows me to think better and understand myself more. I decided to put together a few reasons why this summer could be the change you need.
1. Gives You a Chance to Be Exotic.
We all strive on being unique and defining ourselves, however often enough we fall into the same cycle and routine of life. The inability to cope with stressful lifestyles often push us towards depression and sadness.
One thing I’ve realized is that travelling alone allows you to be exotic or be different. Instead of adapting to the norm, you become yourself and get in touch with your own identity. Taking off the masks and being wild and free can be uplifting and produces a de stressing effect. This gives your mind the time to think and react.
Being able to breathe and ignore materialistic things allows you to reconnect with nature and get back to the basics of life.
2. Have The Liberty to Explore.
If you’ve traveled in groups, you’ll realize it follows a typical pattern. You go around visiting every landmark, eating in expensive restaurants and visiting every museum. When its time to return, you go to shop souvenirs which might require you to purchase a second set of luggage to carry it all. You never had the liberty to explore the real culture of the country or try out any of the weird looking street food.
However, if you’re travelling alone, you’ve got the freedom to do whatever you want to do. You could go around exploring the local markets and walk around the town to meet the local people. You could sit in a local cafe and enjoy the fine coffee or go to eat some local delicacies. For example, if you’re in Iceland in August, you may have a chance to enjoy a perfect Viking dinner. If you like fermented fish, eyeballs and brains, then you will definitely be the happiest person there.
This allows you to understand yourself and other people, which becomes an important life lesson. Eventually this becomes part of your character and gives you the ammunition to take on any challenges.
3. Food Makes the Best of Experience.
I recall travelling with my friends. Even though there are some great memories of that time, I hated the times we were dividing the bills. Its makes you forget the beautiful meal you had and leaves your mind in shambles. Deciding where to eat and budgeting a perfect place for everyone becomes a nightmare and eventually eating out becomes a tiring experience.
However, you know the best part about travelling alone is being able to eat whatever your heart desires. You get to walk around town and barge into any restaurant for hot food without worrying about sharing the bill later. You will be able to enjoy street food as well. A party in your mouth wouldn’t just be a theory, instead it will be part of your everyday travel.
Walking in China and enjoying the street food or sipping a nice cup of coffee in a cafe in Greece, the liberty of enjoying food is the best feeling ever.
4. The Ability to Believe in Yourself.
When you follow a daily boring routine, it’s easy to stop believing in yourself. When you go through different challenges in life, you start questioning your decisions. Sometimes being surrounded by friends and family helps even less because there’s no one who can understand yourself better than yourself.
Travelling to a strange country, with strange people and being completely alone forces you to take on different challenges. You’ll be forced to be quick on your feet and will have to solve each challenges your own way. It gives you the confidence and the ability to believe in yourself and your judgments. This self-assuring confidence allows you to assess and love yourself. Instead of being your worst critic, you become your greatest lover. This new attitude eventually gets portrayed in all aspects of your life, especially your career.
In a nutshell, travelling alone rekindles your soul and gives you the self-assessment you might need after a whole year of being surrounded by work, life and routine, sometimes even the very best of people need some time to reflect.
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