Traveling alone can seem like a daunting prospect for most people. Believe me, I felt the same way too.
The biggest benefit, bowever, is what traveling alone teaches you about yourself.
What many people don’t realize is that a solo trip can be liberating and fulfilling, letting you do things on your own terms.
So if you’re thinking about going on holiday by yourself, then here’s what I’ve learnt along the way, and how it’s improved my life.
Putting yourself first.
Travelling alone helps you to prioritize your needs. If you’re the kind of person who is always putting yourself last and others first, then a trip alone can put things into perspective.
You’ll discover that it is okay to do things because you want to, and it’s fine to say no to people.
Yes, you should always be kind to others – but being kind to yourself is important too.
It seems obvious, but travelling by yourself really does help you to become more independent.
Before I took a holiday on my own, I was very dependent on others, relying on them to make decisions for me.
If you’re by yourself in a strange place, well, you have to take charge and decide what happens next. It can be a little bit of a shock, but it’s a really empowering feeling once you get used to it.
Likes and dislikes.
It’s surprising how many of us go through life not really taking the time to discover what we like and dislike.
When I started to travel alone, it was amazing how little I knew about myself. Taking the time to do things like try different foods, give new hobbies a go and listen to new music not only helps you to discover what you do and don’t like, but can throw in a few surprises too.
I never thought I would be the kind of person to enjoy visiting art galleries, and yet during my time travelling in Europe, I couldn’t get enough of them.
A confidence boost.
One thing you will bring home from your trip will be improved self-esteem.
You may leave a shy, insecure person, but the challenges and experiences you face on the way will totally transform you.
To gain confidence, you have to push yourself – and what better way to do that than by taking a trip on your own? When you arrive home, you’ll face everyday problems with confidence, knowing that you have the ability to solve them.
For me, this was the most significant and lasting change in my life after returning from my travels.
With any trip, it’s advisable to protect yourself and your finances. When you’re travelling by yourself, it becomes essential.
No matter how confident you are, always travel with some insurance. Once you’ve picked the best policy for you, you can rest assured that no matter how far you travel, you will be protected against any eventuality.
It could work for you.
Travelling alone isn’t a walk in the park, that’s for sure.
It does offer far more positives than negatives though.
You’ll feel more confident, more enlightened and more in tune with yourself when you return. Plus, you can spend the entire trip doing things that you want to do!
For anyone who has suffered through a holiday argument arising from conflicting interests, that’s all too appealing.
So why not take the plunge?
It was the best thing that I ever did – and the same could be true for you.
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