Some people shy away from travelling alone, a few embrace it. So, what is it that makes it an attractive option? What are the advantages of going it alone?
Well first things first, travelling solo can be very liberating. The itinerary you set and all the decisions you make are yours and yours alone. You don’t need to worry about any other person or group. In other words, there’s no need to compromise, there are no arguments, and no need to second-guess what other people want or need. Actually, you can be completely selfish.
Travelling alone is also a great confidence builder. Yes, at times it can feel a bit lonely, but that is just one of many problems you will have to solve yourself, along with making your own arrangements, and setting your own goals.
“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry
Have you noticed that when you’re on your own, people are more willing to start a conversation with you? You’re more likely to take the initiative as well, and before you know it, up pops an invitation for a meal, a side trip, a stay at someone’s home. For some odd reason people keep a slight distance from couples and groups, probably because they seem so self-contained and exclusive. Whereas the lone traveler looks ready to connect with their fellow human beings, and more likely to engage in pleasant conversation and simple exchanges about their travels. Putting it simply, lone travelers look interesting.
“Travelling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” – Jacqueline Boone
You have to answer your own inner wanderer, to pick up your courage and let your heart lead the way to a new adventure.
Be it near or far—you can go it alone