"Traveling alone is the single best gift you can give yourself."
So true! Traveling solo is something which every person should do at least once in their lives. We all need a change from our routine lives. Not to mention, from time to time, it might be worth giving yourself a little present. I have traveled with people and I have also traveled alone. I can totally say that both ARE different.
Traveling in itself is exhilarating; the mindless wanderings, the unseens passages, and the unforgettable sightings. Travel tales are always among the best ones. Going around with your loved ones is amazing but going solo? It's a different experience altogether!
When you decide to walk the path by yourself, life takes your hand and guides you through it. And, it gives you all sorts of lessons. Today, let me share some of mine, gathered as a result of traveling alone!
Many philosophers and authors tell us about the importance of NOW. But I believe, the best philosophical lessons come from within. And how do you get that? By spending time with yourself. The best thing solo travel can teach you is to live in the present. Period.
Of course, that is something that we are all taught. But until you go out there and see for yourself, how will you learn? Sometimes we need to take a fall to understand our limits. But I say, that fall is what you needed to learn more about yourself.
Spending time with yourself is the best thing you can do to improve your mental health. Going to new places helps; a change of pace, a change of thinking and ultimately, a change of mindset.
The world is a big place. Whether you're from a little countryside village or a big metropolitan area, going to new places would give you a new perspective. Going alone exposes you more to new places, as you only have yourself to rely on.
Often we get bored of seeing the same faces, while traveling solo, you tend to meet so many new people. Whether you are staying at a hostel or strolling on a beach, you encounter so many new people once you get out of your comfort zone.
Meeting new people makes you more aware of different kinds of skills you could acquire. See someone paint, why don't you give it a try? A cool girl you just met actually makes money by doing sand art. Or remember that guy who spoke five languages? Maybe you can take up one too! Such things improve your personality, make you more interesting and employable as well!
Yes, you are not alone, and the traditions you see aren't the only ones. There are so many ethnicities, so many customs and practices in the world! You'll be amazed to know the kind of things which exist.
Traveling solo isn't really that easy. You'll be scared sometimes and maybe bored even. You'll miss the company of your close ones, but that is when you open up that space to let other things in.
When you travel alone, it is just YOU. All the decisions you make are yours, and you face the consequences, good or bad. You learn to get a little more independent, and that stays with you, even after your trip is over.
You'll enjoy the solitude, the calm and quiet, away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Traveling alone would make you enjoy your company more.
You learn to accept things a lot more. You understand what is more important, how you want to deal with things and when to let them go.
Yes, that is another thing that solo traveling teaches you. Self-dependency gives you a feeling of euphoria which nothing else can!
Your life is yours, and you are accountable for it. If you're not disciplined, you might miss out on a lot of things, and you learn that from experiences!
Probably, the most important lesson of all. Learn things, gain knowledge, know more about others, be amazed but at the end of the day, don't forget who you are!
"The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon." - Paulo Coelho
The oil on the spoon is what we are within, what is entrusted to us and what is of utmost importance to us. Once we remember that, we are free to see all the marvels of the world!
That is all for now. Traveling solo? Write to me at email@example.com to share your experiences, thoughts or feelings.
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