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How Solo Travel Empowers Resilience

How Solo Travel Empowers Resilience

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever thought about traveling solo but then didn’t follow through with a trip?

If you answered yes, chances are you didn’t follow through because you were afraid it would be dangerous, or you were afraid it wouldn’t be fun without a companion.

Once you take your first trip you realize both assumptions are wrong. Solo travel is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. The benefits outweigh the risks and the experience strengthens life skills needed for success in all aspects of life.

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Travel, like life, is about looking at situations, taking in the factors, and predicting an outcome. You learn to act based on your assessment. Sometimes, you assess correctly and sail through without a problem. Other times, you may judge wrong. It is in those times that you learn to reassess and solve immediate problems. This empowers skills needed for resilience.

Solo Travel Helps You To Face Fears

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    The most common fears associated with solo travel are safety and loneliness. Most solo travelers, especially women, report that well-meaning friends and family members scare them with concerns for their safety. The same travelers report once out on the road, they realize those fears were not warranted providing they use common sense and know these tips.

    Solo Travel Strengthens Problem-Solving Skills

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      When you are traveling solo every situation, big or small, can help strengthen problem-solving skills. Missing a connecting flight, or getting lost on a back road with no cell signal can be…well quite scary. Learning how to deal with those types of situations as they happen forces you to focus on solutions instead of dwelling on problems. This improves the ability to assess situations, which in turn strengthens the quality of decisions.

      Solo Travel Boosts Your Confidence

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        Imagine being stranded in a foreign land where you don’t speak the language and all you have is a map and symbols to get around. This is often common for travelers who venture to another country. Something amazing happens when these travelers find their hostel, or they begin to understand bits and pieces of the foreign language.They become more confident in their own abilities. Every time you face a fear, or solve a problem, you build confidence in yourself.

        Solo Travel Teaches That Setbacks are a Part of Life

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          When traveling solo, it is inevitable that you will have setbacks that delay you. You learn to deal with them. Setbacks teach that an obstacle is not the end of a journey, but a road block or detour. The more setbacks you are faced with, the better you are at moving around them without allowing them to derail you. Setbacks are just a part of life and the more experienced you are at handling them the more successful you are in life.

          Solo Travel Teaches Flexibility

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            Solo travel is especially constructive for people who are afraid to be out of control. You only have so much control when traveling alone. You must learn to be flexible. Side trips and unexpected stops can be one of the most rewarding parts of the journey. You can organize and plan a trip down to the minute, but in reality, it will not happen the way you have planned. Flexibility is necessary for solo travel, life and business.

            Solo Travel Strengthens Faith

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              Faith rises from self-confidence, however, life and society suppress both. Solo travel forces you to break out of your comfort zone, believe in yourself, and rely on faith to move through obstacles, fear, and the unfamiliar. Through faith in yourself, and the higher power that guides you, you learn that you are capable of much more than you ever imagined.

              Solo Travel Helps You To View Yourself as a Survivor

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                In solo travel you become strong, self-reliant, confident, smart, and ready to face anything. You become more optimistic, more altruistic, and can more easily understand your purpose in life. Together, all of these strengths empower resilience.

                Once you complete a journey you understand there is much more to life than mediocrity. You become stronger and resilient as the result. Lessons learned on the road will follow you throughout life. People who travel learn more about themselves and the world. As a result, solo travel creates resilient leaders with true grit.

                If you have traveled solo, I would love to hear your story. In the comment section below, please share how solo travel has made you more resilient and ready to take on the world.

                Featured photo credit: By Gulan Ballsay via flickr.com

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                60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

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                Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

                  Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

                  1. Good Health

                  Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

                  2. Money in the Bank

                  Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

                  3. Good Friends

                  Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

                  4. Freedom of Religion

                  Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

                  5. Your Parents

                  Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

                  6. Weekends

                  There’s something magical about weekends.

                  7.Having a Partner

                  Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

                  8. Pets

                  Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

                  9. Learning from Mistakes

                  If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

                  10. Opportunity to Get an Education

                  The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.

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                  11. Having a Home

                  Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

                  12. An Ability to Read

                  If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

                  13. Breathing Fresh Air

                  Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

                  14. A Bed to Sleep

                  A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

                  15. Laughter

                  Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

                  16. Safety and Security

                  Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

                  17. Cars

                  Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

                  18. Sunshine

                  The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

                  19. Time

                  Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

                  20. Clean Water

                  Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

                  21. Cell Phones

                  Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

                  22. Love

                  The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

                  23. Books

                  Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.

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                  24. Kindness of Strangers

                  Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

                  25. Campfires

                  The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

                  26. Pain

                  Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

                  27. Art

                  The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

                  28. Holidays

                  Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

                  29. Freedom of Speech

                  Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

                  30. Rainbows

                  The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

                  31. Tears

                  Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

                  32. Waking up Today

                  Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

                  33. Indoor Plumbing

                  Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

                  34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

                  Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

                  35. Mountains

                  Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

                  36. Eyesight

                  Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.

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                  37. Grocery Stores

                  Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

                  38. Sunsets

                  Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

                  39. Entertainment

                  Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

                  40. Your Mind

                  Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

                  41. Employment

                  Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

                  42. Diversity

                  The world would be a boring place without diversity.

                  43. Moon and Stars

                  The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

                  44. Electricity

                  Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

                  45. Air Conditioning

                  Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

                  46. Hearing

                  Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

                  47. Children

                  Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

                  48. Ability to Learn

                  The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

                  49. People Willing to Teach

                  Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.

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                  50. Oceans

                  The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

                  51. Modern Medicine

                  Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

                  52. Music

                  Music brings out new emotions.

                  53. Entrepreneurs

                  Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

                  54. Warm Clothing

                  On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

                  55. Freedom to Vote

                  Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

                  56. An Internet Connection

                  It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

                  57. Challenges

                  Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

                  58. Hiking Trails

                  Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

                  59. Vaccines

                  Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

                  60. Armed Forces

                  Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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