Why you should consider travelling alone
You're often used to going out of the city with your family and friends, but what is it like to travel alone?
You might be a little scared at first, especially if it's your first time travelling on your own, but there are a lot of perks to being a lone-wolf when visiting another country or city.
From having the freedom to make your own schedule to having the opportunity to find your purpose in life, travelling alone might just have it all!
Here are the top reasons why travelling alone is awesome:
1. YOU SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
When you're on your own, you have the freedom to change your plan as spontaneously as you'd like. You don't have to think about anyone other than yourself, which allows for a more carefree travel experience. If you wake up one morning and decide to postpone that museum visit you planned the night before and go for a run instead, you absolutely can. You literally have the freedom to change your mind as often as you want, how great is that?
2. YOU'RE WITH YOUR OWN THOUGHTS
There's something about being alone while you watch the sunset or walk in the park that makes you see life differently. When you're with someone else, you often feel the need to fill the silence with meaningless conversation. When you're alone you can actually enjoy the scenery without unnecessary blabber. When you're alone with your thoughts, you get to reflect on what you've accomplished so far and what you want to accomplish in the future. You are in a peaceful state of mind that allows you to think about all these things without feeling like you're shutting anybody out while you're in your thought bubble.
3. YOU MATURE
Since you're alone, you're forced to think more like an adult; you learn to plan out your budget for the trip, negotiate in markets, choose efficiency over image, and be responsible. When you're travelling alone, you can't ignore everything happening around you in the hopes that someone else will take care of that. There's no one else there, you have to take care of everything. You can't get drunk every other night until you pass out, because you don't have anyone (you trust) to bring you home. With all these new responsibilities, you start finding yourself and creating your own character. It's a guarantee that a trip alone will make you a different person, a more mature person.
4. YOU MEET NEW PEOPLE
When you travel with friends and family, it's harder to interact with new people; you don't need to! You have your siblings, parents or friends to talk to, so why would you introduce yourself to new individuals just for fun? Well, this mindset drastically changes when you're travelling alone. Since you don't have anyone to interact with, other than yourself and animals, you don't really have a choice but to chat up the guy next door to find out where he's from and whether you can spend some time with him during your trip. Since you're also in charge of your own schedule, you might even have to start a conversation with locals to find out the best attraction spots or where the best sushi restaurant in town is located. Who knows who you might run into.
5. YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN ACTIVITIES
Just like having the freedom to set your own schedule, travelling alone enables you to decide freely on what your day will consist of. If you wake up one morning and decide to cancel the day completely and just stay in bed, well guess what? You absolutely can. No one will point a finger at you for deciding to stay in bed, and no one will push you to do something that you're not in the mood to do because you're basically your own boss. It's brilliant!
6. LESS CHAOS
No one is fighting, screaming, laughing hysterically, leaving their clothes everywhere, whining about the weather, or running off every chance they get. When you buy that one roundtrip ticket to your dream destination, you're basically buying a ticket for a headache-free vacation. Since there are no schedule or activities complications when travelling alone, you have the luxury to spend time to actually relax and visit the city without worrying about drama.
All in all, travelling alone can only bring the best out of you. You have the opportunity to be with the one person who will not judge or criticise you, and who knows you better than anyone on this planet: you. Might be scary to think that you will spend a week or two alone on the other side of the globe, but you will be so happy you did once you come back home.
If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
Sarah Anton is a writer, editor, lifehacker, entrepreneur, and traveller at heart. Having already visited every State and Province in North America, Sarah is looking to embark on a European journey next. Her life goals include having a pet lion and writing a self-improvement book for Generation Y. Find more of her writing at writingleo.com