When traveling solo there are a variety of stages you go through, each stage being a new lesson about yourself. It’s important to be aware of the bad parts of traveling solo, just so you know what to expect. You’ll also quickly learn that the good parts come around again very quickly and easily outweigh any of the negative aspects of traveling solo.
1. You appreciate new friendships
You begin to find comfort in others that you would, once upon a time, class as strangers. You find yourself approaching other travelers, opening to locals and appreciating the people you meet along the way.
2. You will learn how to rely on yourself
Traveling to other countries in the world will show you the importance of relying on yourself in difficult situations. You are the one and most important person in your life so make sure you learn how to trust your own heart, take decisions and make your own choices. That will help you further in life when it comes to taking an important step in your life because you will realize that it is you who creates the reality around you and it is significant to respect your own needs.
3. It is cheaper
When you travel on your own it is much easier to keep up with your budget because you are the one who decides where and what to eat. That also means that it is much easier to save up money for other things such as trying an adventurous sport or travelling to a distant island
4. You see the world from a different perspective
In order to gain new perspectives, it’s a good idea to visit places where the culture is as different as possible from your home culture. After all, you don’t go see your neighbors if you want to know how the whole world experiences life. That would be like someone trying to taste Italian cuisine who only eats bread with olive oil.
You need to see how a Nepalese Hindu goes about his day. You need to see how a Spaniard takes a siesta and stays up late. How a South-African falls asleep listening to the rain and watching the stars. How a Peruvian still keeps traditions alive.
It is only when you realize that none of the 7.5 billion people on this earth have experienced today like you have, that you will come to find that there is so much out there. So many places to be and so many people to meet. It almost seems like a shame to not spend your whole life traveling.
6. You’ll become more employable
All of the skills you learn whilst traveling will boost your employability. Your newly developed communication skills will mean that you’ll become a desirable candidate for any role that involves communicating with people across the company, or even across the world.
And of course, every job you can imagine will involve problem-solving, and by the time you’ve finished traveling, you’ll be a master at finding solutions to problems in no time at all.
The fact that you’ve been traveling is also something that’s often admired by employers, as it shows that you’re an open-minded and confident individual.
7. You learn to trust yourself
When you are traveling alone, you are proving to yourself that you can deal with problems and take on challenges, as they arise. And as a result, your confidence skyrockets, and you trust yourself more. Then, you become kinder and more forgiving to yourself.
Even when you make blunders or mistakes while traveling alone, you learn to forgive yourself and try again in a more intelligent manner. You won’t allow mistakes to shake up your confidence because you know it is one of your most important assets on the road
8. You learn to test your limits
Do you know how far you can walk? When you’re traveling alone, you’ll be obliged to face a series of challenges that will test your limits. But, guess what? These limits will help you grow stronger as well as allow you to know how resilient and adaptable you really are. You’ll finally start to figure yourself out, and experience a rewarding process of self-discovery.
9. Nothing is permanent except change
As a solo traveler, you’ll learn at some point in your quest that the only way to travel to the fullest is just to jump into the unknown. Traveling alone, after all, is the first step to moving outside your comfort zone. And the farther you move away from it, the more you will get a taste of all the mouthwatering experiences that life has in store for you. And instead of fearing new experiences, you’ll learn to embrace them.
It’s true that traveling alone can be a pretty daunting experience, but once you get to experience it, you’ll be totally thankful that you have mustered the courage to do it.
10. And finally, you’re a fully-functioning human being
Solo travel is the quickest way to becoming a fully-functioning adult; where else do you learn to plan a route through South East Asia using just local transport, eat alone in a restaurant or strike up a conversation with a stranger in a hostel?
After traveling the road by ourselves, female travelers become just downright badass women who are open to and ready for the challenges that life throws their way.
So to all you ladies out there, whether you’re on your first or your fiftieth trip alone, I salute you. Or as the Slovakian’s say, na zdravie!