1/There’s no time like the present.
The reason I started travelling alone is because I got fed up of waiting for someone else to save the money or make the effort to come with me, (I’m talking to you friends). It might be a lot to ask someone to quit their job and follow you round the world for 12 months but I had 5 friends promise to come on my 3 week trip to Thailand. How many came? 0.
If I waited for a companion I’d still be sitting at home.
2/Get out of your shell.
0 friends joining me on the road introduced me to my love of solo travel. You’re forced to approach people and make an effort to meet as many people as possible. Would you do that if you were sitting with your girlfriends/the lads? I don’t think so.
3/Plans go out the window.
When you travel alone the inevitable happens and you meet incredible people, probably lifetime friends, in exotic places all over the world. Let the experience sweep you off your feet, off the beaten track and right off the map! You end up exploring places you didn’t think you would because chances are, if you travel with your buddies from home everyone will have places they want to see but now your plans are completely free and open! Perfect for adventures!
4/You discover yourself.
That’s the most cliche thing I’ve ever said in my life but it’s also the most accurate. After making some BIG changes to my life last year and booking my flight to Thailand I finally felt like the 21 years of my life so far had come together. I’d found my passion, my purpose and lust for wandering the world.
Spending so much time with yourself and your thoughts on the road makes you think of
all sorts of weird things how far you’ve come and you grow really fond of that you. The one that has adventures, tells epic stories and is brave enough to get on a flight anywhere in the world without hesitation.
5/You’re the boss.
So once you’ve indulged in your own thoughts so much you can enjoy your own company whenever you want on your terms. Nobody to give up your precious wandering time for and nobody to dictate what you do with it. Fancy going back to that gallery again because you really enjoyed it, go for it! Want to wake up at the crack of dawn to get to the viewpoint for sunrise, why not?! Follow your heart, never look back and put yourself first. You will never get this time back so make the memories your own!
Do you prefer to travel solo? Where did you last explore on your own?
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