I have always been strong willed, stubborn and independent. Many of those factors are what made travelling solo the perfect choice for me. There is a difference though in being independent in a comfort zone you have built at home opposed to wandering the world alone. This is when you will truly learn to sink or swim. Travelling solo will make you stand on your own two feet. When you are abroad you don’t have a security blanket of loving family and friends to bail you out when things get hard. If you get lost, take a train in the wrong direction, loose your bank card or get robbed YOU need to fix it. It is the most testing times in life when you learn who you truly are and realise that sometimes all you really need is you!
EXPAND YOUR FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE
To travel solo is a decision. To discover the world alone is a choice. Everywhere you look there are people and opportunities to form new friendships. The great news is you aren’t the only person brave enough to travel solo! Some of my best memories I have made throughout my travels are with friends I have made along the way. Everyone you meet while travelling is on the same journey as you... To see the world. The likelihood that you’ve both discovered the same destination is high but there is also a high chance they have discovered somewhere incredibly different that will inspire your next trip. While travelling I wouldn’t have found the world’s best custard tart in Portugal or marvelled at Barcelona’s beauty if it wasn’t for people I’d met along the way. I am a true believer that every person in life you meet will change you in one way or another. Embrace it!
EXPLORE THE WORLD ON YOUR TERMS
The most amazing thing about people is our vast differences. The people you choose to surround yourself with are people who you share common interests with. The reason you are who you are though is because you are different. Don’t give up your dreams or settle because someone shares a different vision to you. The best thing about solo travel is the ability to write your own travel plan. Do you want to see the Pyramids of Giza? Do you want to go on an African safari? Then go! The beauty of travelling solo is that there is no one to holding you back! You don’t have to compromise on destinations. You don’t have to experience things to make someone else happy. Spend the precious time you have achieving what you want to achieve on YOUR trip!
SOMETIMES ALL YOU NEED IS YOU
People always say you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself. This couldn’t be more true. Travelling solo you have endless opportunities to discover yourself, grow as a person and learn to love your own company. Whether you need some time to find yourself, heal from a broken relationship or become a better version of you, all these things are best achieved on your own. The added bonus is you get to see the world while doing it!
YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WHEN YOU RETURN HOME
Every experience in life changes you. Travelling the world speeds up the process. For me travelling solo opened my eyes to the beauty in the world and also the poverty that makes me thankful to be Australian. I found love in the form of friendships, the African sunset and snowflakes falling in Norway. I have not only rediscovered myself alone but I have grown into the best possible version of me. Travelling adds emotional and intellectual years to your age. You get the opportunity to experience history first hand you learnt in school as a child. You get to meet people from all walks of life who will share their experiences with you. Finally you get an opportunity to invest in yourself to discover your passions, desires and goals in life. After all of these incredible opportunities how could you ever return home the same?