Travelling is an experience like no other. Liberating and empowering, travelling enables you to test your own limits. The feeling of independence and the rush of adrenaline is even more when you travel solo, sans any companion or family. Here are seven things that no one tells you about travelling solo:
- The world still has a lot of good people– Contrary to what you may hear on the news, travelling solo opens your mind to the fact that good people are still very much present across all countries. In fact, when you are travelling solo, you are more likely to meet people who are genuinely willing to help you. No country has serial killers, murderers or terrorists lurking in every alley.
- You appreciate the silence and the ‘me-time’ more – In the hustle and bustle of everyday life you rarely get to connect with our own inner selves. On solo holidays, you get the golden chance to have that chat with your soul. You are mindful of the surroundings – you appreciate the world around you much more when you don’t have another person to talk to.
- You realise you are unique and special – Travelling alone gives you that extra zing in your step. You become more confident about your own capabilities. Without the guidance of your family and without the need to concur with your friends, you learn to negotiate better; you learn to deal with new traditions and cultures. Your mistakes are yours; your triumphs are yours alone.
- You realise that you are just a tiny speck in the whole universe–This may seem like a contradiction to the previous point but this is true too. You become less self-centred and understand that you are just one minuscule part of this whole universe; you feel blessed to be part of this beautiful planet.
- Your instincts are fine-tuned during solo travel – The subconscious works in powerful ways and can always teach you to cope with the toughest of situations. Your gut feelings always come to your aid during solo sojourns. Learn to listen to it and you will be safe.
- Travelling teaches you that it is imperative to plan financially – Leisure travel is a new trend globally. The fact is when you travel solo, you alone are responsible for your finances. Financial planning helps you meet your goals of leisure travel. If you know that you would like to travel to a particular destination, it would be prudent to invest systematically towards it. This helps you in creating a reserve that you can dip into. Mutual funds can help you create this reserve. Debt funds, in particular, could be a good way of parking your money till you are ready to travel.
- Innovation is a great teacher – It is rightly said that necessity is the mother of invention. When you are alone, without anyone to wake you up in the morning; you learn to get up without any external help. You learn to take care of your personal belongings yourselves. And taking care of money – people find innovative methods to hide money–in the sole of their boots, in between two family photographs that are stapled or glued, extra pockets inside head scarves!
Mark Twain famously said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”. So go ahead, explore the world today!
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