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7 Amazing Reasons to Travel Solo

Feb 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Solo travel may sound daunting but it’s really easier than you think. It may not be up to everyone’s liking but you’ll never know until you try, right? It can be a highly rewarding experience and an opportunity to grow as a person. Here are seven important lessons that people can learn when flying solo:

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1. Learning to respect acts of kindness

When exploring a foreign city, a little kindness goes a long way. This is why you will be more appreciative of small acts of kindness when traveling on your own. Moreso, appreciating kindness makes people kinder and more patient themselves.

2. Learning that going outside of the plan is sometimes better

Itineraries are essential but if during the trip things go out of plan, know that you can still make the most of the experience. If you wake up too late or miss the show you wanted to catch, don’t fret. Let your heart take the lead and make it an opportunity to explore.

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3. Learning to live in the present and cherish it fully

If the purpose of a trip is to get to know someone or to bond with friends, then go forth and gather your gang. But if your goal is to connect with a place and its people, then consider going on your own.

Spending time alone lets you pay more attention to your surroundings. It will be easier to cherish little things that you don’t usually notice, like orange sunsets, ocean waves, and the chilly night time breeze. You will be more attuned to your own thoughts and emotions. In turn, experiences can be better felt and memories will tend to last.

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4. Learning to enjoy your freedom

Finding an available schedule among a group of friends can be a hassle, and that’s just the beginning. Not having to wait on anyone or go with their preferences are a few perks of traveling alone. It’s all about you – what you want, where you want to go, and when. Only your needs matter. You can even plan something and change your mind last minute. Indulge yourself in what makes you happy.

5. Learning to be more independent

If you’ve always had someone arranging the trip for you, it’s about time you learn to do it on your own. Book your own flights and accommodation, and learn to find your way around.

Being independent also gives a confidence boost, knowing that you can tackle challenges with dash of humor and grace. No English menu at a Bangkok restaurant? No problem. Stuck overnight in Bali? You still have everything under control.

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6. Learning to go out of your comfort zone

Solo travel opens a chance to challenge yourself. There’s no better time to take on an adventure, to talk to strangers, to learn about a new culture, to read a good book, or to explore cities by bike.

Being alone also allows you take time in documenting your travels. You can spend an afternoon photographing a bustling city, or spend time at night to write about your experiences.

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7. Learning to look at life with fresh eyes

The things that you’ve learned in your travels will make your life richer. At best, you will cultivate more appreciation for your own life and the world you’re in. It’s easier to feel at peace and content while traveling alone. And it makes you thrilled to go on your next solo adventure.

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