Advertising
Advertising

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

    Advertising

    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.

          Advertising

          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

              Advertising

              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

                    Advertising

                    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

                                      More by this author

                                      hong-kong 20 Reasons Why Hong Kong Is An Awesome Place to Visit looking at home from far away 13 Things Only Solo Travelers Will Understand Bangkok 17 Costly Scams In Asia You Can Easily Avoid If You Read This 3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

                                      Trending in Leisure

                                      1 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day 2 How to Enjoy Life In a Way Most People Don’t 3 25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are 4 30 Fun Things to Do at Home 5 10 Things Only Those Who Travel With Friends Understand

                                      Read Next

                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising

                                      Last Updated on February 11, 2020

                                      50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                      50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                      If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                      That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                      Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                      1. Believe It to See It

                                      Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                      2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                      While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                      3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                      Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                      4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                      Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                      5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                      There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                      6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                      It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                      7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                      Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                      8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                      Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

                                      Advertising

                                      9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                      Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                      10. Be in It to Win It

                                      Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                      11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                      People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                      12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                      Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                      13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                      You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                      14. Be a One-Off Original

                                      Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                      15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                      Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                      16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                      Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                      17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                      Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                      18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                      We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                      19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                      Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

                                      Advertising

                                      20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                      Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                      21. Make Your Own Luck

                                      In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                      22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                      While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                      23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                      Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                      24. Champion in Communication

                                      Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                      25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                      Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                      26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                      To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                      27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                      While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                      28. Live by Core Values

                                      Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                      29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                      Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                      30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                      Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

                                      Advertising

                                      31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                      Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                      32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                      Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                      33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                      Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                      34. Change Opens New Doors

                                      People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                      35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                      It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                      36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                      Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                      37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                      When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                      38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                      How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                      39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                      If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                      40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                      Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                      41. Swim Against the Tide

                                      Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

                                      Advertising

                                      42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                      More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                      43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                      Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                      44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                      While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                      45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                      Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                      46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                      Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                      47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                      While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                      48. Follow Through

                                      Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                      49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                      We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                      50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                      To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                      So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                      More About Success

                                      Featured photo credit: Juan Jose via unsplash.com

                                      Read Next