We travel alone because we don't have anyone to go exploring with, out of sheer need to be with ourselves or because we feel like it. Before it was rare now it is quite common to find girls who travel on their own. But you know What is the best? The amount of benefits that it can bring to your personal life and your emotional balance.
There are many things of travel that make us better people, there are a thousand ways to undertake a trip and there are also many ways to understand a trip.
From my point of view I think there are trips that mark a before and after in our lives. In my case, that was before and after my first trip to Italy, which I did alone, with basic English and a lot of fear.
I leave the post in case you are interested in reading it: My first solo trip.
To travel it is not necessary to go to the other side of the world and to find yourself you do not necessarily need a trip.
Be that as it may, traveling alone has many advantages and in this post I am going to show you.
- YOU KNOW YOURSELF
I am not writing this post to describe obviousness but to explain what they have meant to me.
If you have decided or are planning to undertake a solo trip Get ready to know facets of yourself that you could not even imagine.
When you travel alone you are very exposed to very contradictory feelings: fear, euphoria, company, loneliness...
The learning you can draw from those feelings can take you to the next level. Knowing ourselves helps us greatly Let's see where we falter, where to throw or what wounds we must heal to continue.
If you travel alone, even if it is to the next town, do not forget to understand yourself and bring out that warrior that you carry inside of you. That person that you have never seen yourself. It's you yes You just never met her before.
- YOU BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT
If someone told me a few years ago that I wouldn't mind sitting alone in a restaurant, I probably wouldn't believe it.
Independence is synonymous with freedom.
The first time I went on a trip I thought I'd be bored like a shell. The surprise is that never happened such a thing, if I felt that I did not want to be in a place, then I would go and that's it. If I was hungry, I would look for the restaurant that I liked the most and since I would like a specific place, I would sit in that place for hours thinking about everything and nothing at the same time.
Traveling alone helped me to have initiative, to take action because at the end of the day there was only me for everything. Everything was in my hand and that, in some circumstances, is wonderful.
And I can assure you that It's one of the best feelings in the world. Do you try it and tell me?
- ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE YOURSELF
When you're in a place where no one knows you you allow yourself to be the way you want to be. Since no one is watching you, you have the freedom to put some facets of your personality to the test and even get attached to some and take them back home.
I never thought that I was so outgoing, even when I didn't understand the language, I was able to take a certain amount of ease with people so that they understood me. The most surprising thing was that I felt comfortable talking to strangers and felt the need to know more and more about their lives.
- MORE EMPATHY
Traveling alone makes you realize that many times who is next to you is your travel companion and that you should help him as much as possible. traveling is a I continue to exchange experiences with others, At least I see it this way.
You help others and you know that at some point in the journey someone else will help you. It's like an unwritten code that most of us follow to make the journey easier for someone else and have someone else do the same for us.
Traveling alone has allowed me to develop the habit of put myself in the place of others to try to understand them.
When you spend a week in a Bed And Breakfast with people from all over the world, in the end you end up understanding many things and that is precisely what makes us develop more empathy. The understanding towards the one next to you.
- A RESOLUTIVE GIRL
If you go with another person and a problem arises, there are two thinking heads in search of solutions, on the other hand, when you are alone you have no one else. You get used to creating plans from A to F and even when unforeseen events happen, you find yourself capable of solving them because there is no one else.
Look for solutions instead of problems.
Over time this ability transforms and grows exponentially until you make it a daily habit. A habit that helps you achieve independence which we were talking about above.
- YOU LEARN TO BE ALONE
In all the trips that I have done alone, I can say very proud that I have not felt alone in any of them. I've been bored at times, I've been scared at times, I've also gotten lost but alone I've never felt alone.
I always had someone in the seat next to me willing to talk to me. (in whatever language you could). There was always something interesting to do or see, even if it was just walking over and over again at a station to wait for my bus to leave.
My roommates never made me feel alone, quite the opposite, andn those places you see all kinds of traveling creatures, so many that they give to write a book as long as the bible.
When I came to a new place I tried talk to people on foot and ask them things about the place. Yes, that's how I am, those who know me personally know that I am very inquisitive and I want to know everything.
In all other cases I was my own company and I loved to be calm, thinking about my things or my plans for the future.
I feel that Since I was a child I have had this predilection for being alone, perhaps it comes from series. Something that I have not had to acquire because it already comes with me. However, traveling alone has helped me make that quality more comfortable and I didn't feel afraid to put it into practice.
- OPEN MIND
many times i have surprised with the level of connection you can have with people very different from me. At first it is difficult to assimilate some ways of life, even today it is difficult for me to understand certain ways of living. The difference is not judging people but understanding them even if you don't share their opinion.
This costs me a lot but as I get to know people from different places my ignorance is diluted. Which I greatly appreciate.
- YOU AND YOUR THOUGHTS
I wish I had written a diary of those days, but since I don't have one I will have to trust my memory.
Whenever I go on a trip somewhere I try to do my route walking if possible, this helps me clarify my ideas.
I don't know if everyone's head works the same as mine but my head won't stop ruminatingShe is chattering all the time and many times I have to keep her company to calm her down. That is why it is so important to have spaces to be alone, to talk to ourselves, make a kind of outline of our ideas and, incidentally, clean the hard drive of crap.
- YOU TAKE GREAT EXPERIENCES AND CONCLUSIONS
Experiences are a vital part of our learning. Traveling alone has allowed me to live experiences that otherwise would not have been possible or at least not in the same way. Has allowed me get out of my comfort zone.
Traveling alone has given me unique moments that remain in your heart as an eternal gift.
- WONDERFUL PEOPLE
When traveling alone I have realized that people (especially other women) tend to be overprotective of women who travel alone. At least it gave me that feeling in some places, especially towards other women. They advise you and help you if you need it and that makes me have a lot of hope in the human being.
Apart from the people you meet on your travels, people as peculiar as they are extravagant (They will think the same of me). The hours you spend talking to a stranger on the plane, the mind-blowing experiences of your roommate, or the American missionary you meet on a train. All of them have taught me something, I may not remember their names but I will never forget their faces and the advice they have given me.
Then there are those who come into your life to stay. They are few but very valuable.
It's beautiful to see how their lives evolve. Some dedicate themselves to what they had planned to do and others are working on it. Anyway.. Life is not a linear process, a zigzag in some cases or a Mediterranean wave in others.
Never underestimate the power of a great experience
Before finishing the post I would like to tell you that I have always tried go with caution and that some risks that I took in the past I would not take again today.
I feel that The key to traveling alone is not not being afraid, which is super dangerous, but being prudent and knowing your limits. Travel responsibly always always always.
If you are a woman and you are reading this post, I ask you to take great care of yourself when you go anywhere alone, no matter how safe they paint you, you must have security measures that allow you to be calm.
Trust your instinct and enjoy the ride.
𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚛 ♡ 𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞