It might be your job that’s getting you down, a lack of change in scenery or just feeling stuck in a rut. Whatever it may be at some point I’m sure you’ve felt the need to get away. For me, it was a combination of all three of those.
Whether you have taken a few small trips, or just wondering what’s out there, time spent traveling is one of the most important things you can do. Travel doesn’t just broaden your horizons but helps you grow as a person. And if you really want to grow as a person traveling alone is the best way to accomplish that. That might seem overwhelming but let me show you 4 reasons why it can be the best thing for you.
I’ve traveled with a ton of ridiculous and crazy characters and as much fun as that is, the bigger the groups the bigger the headaches and the more consideration everyone needs. Even if it’s a small group of 3, day to day decisions are not always going to make everyone happy. Site seeing, accommodations and the worst of them all, food, can be a nightmare to accommodate.
Compromise is a good thing but It can get to the point where you start to feel like a babysitter and your original traveling intentions may begin to take a back seat.
Traveling alone is an ideal way to develop self-sufficiency as you become master of your domain. Being alone forces you to develop perseverance as you have no one to depend on but yourself. If you’re looking to grow you need to get out of your comfort zone and traveling solo is the best way to do that.
If you find yourself in a place where communication is difficult you are now looking at the ultimate in becoming self-sufficient. You’re not in Cancun where saying “hola” is the extent of your branching out, when you’re in a foreign country you will face real situations that truly help you grow.
Moving beyond your comfort zone develops that perseverance which can translate over into your everyday life. You are able to develop a new mindset and can become better conditioned at making decisions from solo travel which can have a positive effect in your work and life. You will gain a new found confidence and less hesitation when faced with decisions either big or small.
When you don’t have to accommodate others schedules and desires you get to take the time to experience the things that are most important to you. You are more able to check things off your bucket list when you do not have any obligations to anyone else. Locations, attractions and sites that appeal to you that may be less popular to others can be enjoyed on your own time and at your own pace.
You will get to experience the things most meaningful to you with your full immersion and no interruption.
I’ve traveled with large groups of people and also solo. I’ll be honest, the large groups can be fun but after awhile it can become too much of a safety blanket. When I was finally able to go solo I felt like I was truly traveling. When left to my own devices it was then that I really felt myself grow and improve as a person. Be warned, though, once you start doing it the desire to venture out again just gets stronger and stronger.
Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.ca.
Originally published at medium.com