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13 Things Only Solo Travelers Will Understand

13 Things Only Solo Travelers Will Understand

Solo travel is the best way to break out of your shell and enjoy complete freedom. Solo travelers see the world in a different manner because they experience life from an angle not so many others get to see.

Many people love the idea of traveling the world, yet they never gather up the courage to just go. Because they don’t have friends who share their acute desire to go out and see the world, they exile travel to some other seemingly more appropriate time of their lives. Whenever the prospect of solo travel crosses their mind, however, they can’t help but imagine it as a lonely journey. In fact, they couldn’t be more wrong! Here are 13 awesome facts only solo travelers will understand.

1. They know that it’s never the perfect time to solo travel

Solo travel anytime

    The one epiphany that changed the course of my life is realizing that if I don’t go now, I probably never will. Circumstances will always be in the way, there will always be bills to be paid, there will never be enough money or enough planning done. There will always be just enough excuses stopping me from doing what I most desire in this life, which is a world trip.

    2. They never blame others for unfortunate situations

    I’ve messed up booking flight dates many times: sometimes going to the airport just to find out I am a week, if not a month, earlier than my actual flight! Other times, I’ve lost all my money after a robbery or a scam, but with no one to blame in such bad situations you have to take responsibility for your own mistakes. You learn from them and go on with your life — your awesome, unexpected life.

    3. They are free as birds

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    Free as a bird when solo travel

      You are the captain of the boat, you are your own guide, your own boss. Every decision you make is somewhere between dumb and genius. Either way it won’t matter, because it wont be judged. You are driving the car and all the paths are open. There are endless possibilities and countless chances to create leadership qualities in yourself. Isn’t that why you chose to be free in the first place?

      4. They don’t ask for security, they ask for adventure

      adventure dive in solo travel

        Your friends know you. When you’re in their company you’re supposed to behave in a certain way. However, as soon as you’re in a foreign land, you’re free from that box that you lived your whole life inside. You get out of your comfort zone, you try new things now, and you contemplate how magical your new life is because in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

        5. They appreciate moments more

        enjoy food with cute asian

          When you’re in front of an exquisite scene — be it a mountain peak, a tropical beach, or even someone so cute you just had to meet them — knowing you will be miles away in sooner than a week means you have no choice but to live that moment fully.

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          6. They turn into awesome storytellers

          la tour eiffel on fireworks solo travelers

            The skill of storytelling is not given to everyone, but with the practice solo travelers get from narrating their tales over and over again, they learn that details are what makes all the difference. Therefore, their note apps are usually their best friend on the road. To the introverts out there, this will boost your confidence speaking in public, which will improve your social life big time!

            7. They make the road fun

            fun road trip

              When you’ve already been traveling for a couple of months, you will start noticing that if you don’t entertain yourself, no one will. The road only gets lonely if you don’t make any effort bonding with locals or other travelers, and you’ll end up getting bored while missing out on a lot of fun times.

              8. They feel weird about homesickness

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              when solo travelers get home sick

                when solo travelers get home

                  Solo travelers usually never want to go back home and put an end to their long trip. But when they do get home, they want to leave right away, so they immediately start planning their next big trip.

                  9. They have a home in every corner of the world

                  solo travelers have a home everywhere

                    The thought of being able to travel anytime and anywhere you desire and still have a free place to stay is what you call amazing! Couchsurfing the globe makes it sweeter, and building international friendships makes it fascinating.

                    10. They know how to dodge every scam out there

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                    laurence don't argue

                      The hard-learned lessons turn out to be the best advice solo travelers can give to other people on the road or their friends back home. How to avoid the traps they fell for before and how to make the best out of such bad situations also make traveling easier and easier for them as time goes on.

                      11. They know that the destination does not matter

                      pick a place to travel

                        It’s all about the journey, the laughs, the memories, the food, the ups and downs, the spontaneous decision to derail from your plans: that’s what so addictive about solo travel.

                        12. They discover an entirely new meaning of time

                        freeze in time

                          “The whole point of long-term travel is having the time to move deliberately through the world. Vagabonding is about not merely reallotting a portion of your life for travel but rediscovering the entire concept of time.” — Rolf Potts. A wise traveler is always flexible with dates, never setting limits to a trip and missing out on potential adventures. A wise solo traveler will always recommend that you slow down.

                          13. They constantly find themselves in situations like these

                          when I just got into my hotel room 2 min ago and can't find my iphone
                            Me when I just got into my hotel room two minutes ago and can’t find my iPhone
                            trying to catch a flight after your alam didnt wake you up in time
                              Trying to catch a flight after your alarm didn’t wake you up in time
                              what my mom wants me to feel like
                                How my mom wants me to feel
                                When I have to catch an early flight
                                  When I have to catch an early flight
                                  Packing when I'm hungover
                                    Packing when I’m hungover
                                    awkward handshake
                                      When you don’t know the proper greeting in a different country so you try everything

                                      One last note

                                      Travel may take several forms and each person has their favorite. Whether solo, duo, or in a group; by planes, by car, by trains, by bike, or on foot; either backpacking, doing extreme sports, or luxurious sightseeing; or whether it be for a weekend city escape, a month-long vacation, or a year around the world. Whatever it is, it will do you wonders. Little by little, as this addiction to travel grows, you will grow with it to become the person you always dreamed you’d be.

                                      Featured photo credit: Caleb George Morris via unsplash.com

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                                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                        Why You Need a Vision

                                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                        What Do You Want?

                                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                        Some tips to guide you:

                                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                        A few prompts to get you started:

                                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                        • What would you be doing?
                                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                        • How are you dressed?
                                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                        Plan Backwards

                                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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