People who have never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as an almost religious experience. To take in new surroundings unfiltered by the prejudices, tastes, or preferences of a traveling companion can be heady stuff. Solo travel gives you the chance to indulge yourself fully.
Of course, traveling alone has its perils too—such as safety concerns, loneliness, and the dreaded single supplement. But a little preparation and common sense can save you money and get you through the rough spots.
You hate being alone.
You step out of that airport and can’t help but feel nervous, lonely, and doubtful. This is how many feel at the beginning of their solo adventure, and only the beginning.
You love being alone.
Being alone becomes a way of living and you have complete freedom to do what you want, when you want.
Experiences > materials
The transition from living with a car, home, TV, to a backpack makes you realize how much your possessions owned you. Experiences are life-lasting, materials give you nothing but a bill.
Quality beats quantity.
We live in a quantified world where the higher the number, the more it’s attributed to success. Followers, bank accounts, houses. This also applies to number of places. It’s far better to spend 3 months in a city, learning its culture, language, and creating lasting relationships than trying to hit 10 cities in 3 months.
You learn to love yourself.
Travelling alone gets lonely, there’s no doubt about it. Facing your inner thoughts and being comfortable and happy with who you are as a person will be one of the most valuable lessons you’ll learn.
You stop caring what others think about you.
There’s a big difference between outer confidence and inner confidence. Outer confidence can be faked, and is hard to sustain. Inner confidence is being 100% comfortable in your own skin. Stop caring what other people think, and have the confidence to do what you want, when you want.