The past two years, I’ve mostly been travelling around the UK (though I’ve also been to Tenerife and Iceland). On my own. And I’ve already written a post with the pros and cons of travelling solo. But I want to expand on that post. Because while travelling with friends or a partner is great, it’s a completely different experience from travelling solo.
Instead of doing what you want to do and seeing the things you want to see, you have to make compromises. Travelling on your own gives you the rare opportunity to be completely selfish and do exactly what you want to do when you want to do it.
I enjoy travelling with friends and family, but there is nothing I love more than going on a hike early in the morning, with no one else there. I love that amazing feeling of wandering through streets of a new city and feeling absolutely free. Here are some of the reasons why I believe that everyone should travel solo at least once.
You’ll meet people that change you
While travelling on your own, you will meet many people. And they will help change your entire perspective on love and life. You may stay with them for a day or for the entire trip. No matter how long you hang out, they will have an effect on your life. There is something about travelling that allows people to share parts of themselves that they wouldn’t share with their friends and family at home. Because there’s a good chance you won’t ever see the person you’re telling those things again. I met a girl last summer when I was camping in Penzance. We only spoke for about an hour while having breakfast but we are friends on Facebook and I’m planning a trip to Sweden to meet up with her this year.
You’ll question everything
No matter where you go or what you do, travelling will lead you to question the world around you. Things you once considered certain are replaced with new beliefs that are founded on experience rather than a distorted message brought to you by the media.
You’ll realise just how capable you are
It is incredibly scary to get on a plane and head somewhere new. To a place where you don’t know the language and where you don’t know the way. Doing it on your own helps you realise just how capable you are of solving problems and getting around a foreign city.
You’ll learn to be alone
While you will meet new people while on the road, there will be times where you’ll be completely alone with your thoughts, with nothing to distract you. (Believe me, after a while, you get sick and tired of reading another book or watching something on Netflix via a shitty WiFi-connection.) This is when you learn to be alone. And that is one of the most important things anyone can learn. Because if you can be alone, you don’t need anyone else in your life. Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re never going to have a happy relationship. It just means that it’s not the end of the world if you don’t find your significant other straight away.
Travelling solo can be hard. It’s not always glamorous or Instagram-worthy. But it’s worth it to do at least once in your life.