When you book a holiday, people always ask “who are you going with?”. It might seem scary to reply with “no one” or “I’m travelling alone” but making such a brave decision is generally one that people do not regret.
Here are 5 reasons why solo travel is good for your soul:
1.Uncover the real you
Some psychologists recommend spending a few hours alone every week, reflecting on the past few days. It is extremely therapeutic to look back and evaluate: is there anything we could have done better? What are we proud of? What are our next steps?
When you travel alone there is lots of time for reflection. Additionally, you have to make every decision by yourself, be open to talking to strangers and learn to enjoy a day out or dinner alone. This combination of pushing yourself to embrace the unfamiliar, and allowing yourself plenty of me time does wonders for your well-being.
Feel good in your own skin
When was the last time you really listened to your thoughts and needs? Imagine having an espresso in a small deli while watching the world go by; reading on a peaceful beach, the ocean framed by a pink sunset; taking a hike while listening to your favourite music. These moments are entirely devoted to your own person, and it is in them that you learn to become your own best friend. In order to become the best version of yourself, you need to leave your safety bubble. Getting out of your comfort zone will make you stronger, more independent and happier.
Meet new people
When you travel with company, you tend to only focus on them and are less likely to meet new people. One of the most enjoyable things you can do when traveling alone is meet people. Not only will you make new friends, but you can listen to life stories, get advice from more experienced travellers, or even travel with them for a while. Making friends in different parts of the world will broaden your knowledge and can make you open up about your own life more. Solo travels are also good for introverts who are ready to push themselves.
Do what you like
A solo trip can be a highly significant experience, as you can put yourself first most of the time. The things that make you happy can go straight to the top of the priority list, no compromises. Everything depends only on you – a scary but liberating prospect. You have the freedom to chose between a remote destination for meditation and yoga, a crowded capital city or an exotic island. Do whatever you want, whenever you want. You can either plan in advance or decide where to go last minute, it doesn’t matter as you’re the master of your decisions.
Become more confident
Discovering a new place on your own will empower you with confidence and will you to create unique memories. You and your map don’t need to negotiate your next move with anyone. Making these decisions without support will definitely make you more confident as well as increasing your decision making capabilities both at work and at home.
If you want to connect with your inner self, take a solo trip to a beautiful destination and come back with new memories, recharged batteries and a new outlook.