5 Reasons Why You Should Take That Solo Trip
They say that life is the best teacher, and while you can get schooled from the comfort of your own home and country, experiencing life through new lens can often teach you lessons you never thought you needed.
Travelling is not only embarking on an outward journey; it also takes you on an inward journey, where you grow and gain insights about yourself while traversing through cities, encountering people, cultures, and languages.
The benefits of travelling has been written about countless time, but the intention always lies within the traveller—you receive what you set out to achieve—and yet travelling can still surprise you in many ways.
If you’re thinking about taking that leap, I’m here to share with you the top 5 reasons why you should go for it:
Because You Can.
Solo travel may sound exciting, but after booking a flight ticket for one, reality descends and it can be strangely unnerving. As a female, I worry about safety; as an easily distracted person, I worry about losing my valuables; and as an introvert, I wonder if I’ll be able to entertain myself over a long period of time.
But most of my anxieties have been unfounded, and not only was I able to survive independently, I found myself enjoying my own company. So will you.
Because Kindness is Almost Everywhere.
With no one to depend on, you’re on your own. While it is safer to always be alert and find your own way, there were times where you'll have little choice but to depend on the good will of strangers to get around.
At times when my mobile phone’s battery had gone flat, and I was in a quiet city with no idea where to go, knowing I couldn’t figure out the directions by myself, I asked for help. And often even without initiating it, I had received the kindness of locals—like the time I almost got left behind at a rest stop in the middle of a highway if not for a lady on the bus who kept a look out for me.
Engage with the locals where possible, and they are likely to respond kindly to you, opening their doors and hearts for a more meaningful connection.
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Because You're More Capable Than You Think You Are.
Travelling alone means your senses are heightened. You have to be on your toes, and you also have to listen to your inner compass. When faced with the decision of exploring a certain road, there may be an excitement in doing something you’ve never tried before, but there may also be an uneasiness arising from safety concerns. Always trust your gut. Being smart and trusting your intuition when travelling could mean the difference between getting lost in the mountains at nightfall or turning back safely before dark.
The best part? I’ve been putting this skill to good use as well in my daily life when making decisions.
Because You Can Learn to Let Go.
The hardest thing to do in travel (or life) is to let go of the reins. But even when you’ve planned a travel itinerary to a tee, those plans may dissolve and urge you to be spontaneous.
Allow adventure and wonder to lead you; even though you’ve set on one route, allow yourself to go off course if something strikes you. Like a pop-up flea market happening just that weekend or a conversation with a newfound friend. Sometimes these surprises are serendipitous, and if the opposite happens—when your plan doesn’t work out—that’s okay too.
Because You Belong.
When you're travelling with friends or loved ones, there’s still a piece of home you bring along with you; you may be in a foreign land but you're still within the comfort zone of having familiarity. When you’re on your own during your solo trip, it’s disconcerting, and it may take a while to find your bearings again.
In this state of searching for solid ground, you may find your footing and discover your place in the world. Like the travellers before you, who roam the lands far from home, you are able to act without the influence of friends or family. You can take notice of how you react to situations and have time to reflect on yourself and the world around you.
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There'll always be moments of uneasiness before and during your trip, and it's perfectly normal to have these feelings. It's getting through these moments that grooms you to be ever ready to take on whatever life brings.
For all of you who've been toying with the idea of travelling solo, there's no better way to start than taking a trip with Anywhr. Whatever your comfort level is (be it Budget, Regular, or Luxury); whatever your travel style is (Adventure, Experience, Getaway, or even a Wildcard); it's entirely up to your preference.
A word of caution though; once you've started, it's hard to stop. You'll start questioning why didn't you start any sooner. That’s the beauty of traveling solo—the experiences you learn from and the memories you get to keep.