Why you should totally travel alone
Let's face it - everyone claims to be a travel-addict nowadays. But just how many people you know have travelled to all the major cities in the world? Many of us gets disheartened by airline tickets, uncooperative "travel buddies" and language barriers. So we ask a travel writer why you shouldn't wait for others to book that ticket to your bucket list destinations today (That's South Africa for us!).
Hooray to solo travels!
1. You are always going to make heap of new friends. The people you meet a long your way are the ones that make your trip far more interesting! You will hear stories about their travels and get a lot of positive vibes. Some may impact your life immensely and some may become lifetime friends. Finally, you will always have someone from a different country in this world who will pleasantly welcome you if you ever decided to visit his/her country.
2. You engage with locals on a personal level that only solo travellers can. Local folks are more open and definitely more curious, when it’s only you walking into their cafe or sampling the pungent flavors of one of the food carts. From a heartfelt conversation in the bus stop, to suddenly having a network of families who are more than happy to host you for a night. You get to know that none of these experiences would have happened if you were not traveling solo.
3. You are free to adventure as you please and it feels awesome! When you’re traveling alone, there is no need to compromise. No need to appease a friend’s sudden craving for an overpriced burger and fries. No need to listen to any complaints about the weather or insects on the country you are travelling to. As a lonesome wanderer, you can travel where you want, when and however you want to.
4. You gain a deep understanding of the places you’ve visited When you travel alone, you are more immersed in your surroundings. You notice the small unique quirks and the subtle characteristics that defines the place. However, if you walked around the same street chatting with a friend, your mind will be immersed somewhere else and you will miss all these unique experiences.
5. There is something liberating about traveling to a place where no one knows you. For most of us, traveling alone is like a temporary escape from the life baggage you are forced to be with back home. This doesn’t mean that you are a different person when abroad. However, you may notice how this therapeutic anonymity will change you over time when you go back home.
6. Alone time is healthy and we barely get enough of it. Some alone time really helps you really reflect back on your life back home, your recent experiences, and the direction your life is heading to. These thought won’t often make you happy to deal with, but solo travelers are stronger because of them.
7. Distance makes you appreciate the important people in your life. Sometimes in the middle of the night, when no one can see or listen, you'd start to think about the time you spent without your family and you'd start crying. Just take a deep breathe and appreciate every single second that you spend with them when you get back home.