Although not many people would brave it, but travelling solo can be really worthwhile, whether it is a short trip close to home or something grand like a trip around the world. You can always learn a few lessons and discover a number of new things about yourself.
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By: Hotel Iris Sandiego
5 Wise Lessons Travelling Solo Can Teach You
Although not many people would brave it, but travelling solo can be really worthwhile, whether it is a short trip close to home or something grand like a trip around the world. You can always learn a few lessons and discover a number of new things about yourself. It is intimidating yet exhilarating to find yourself in new surroundings, amongst new people and new cultures. Furthermore, the power and freedom to make your own decisions and thinking only about yourself can help you experience the true independence.
Listed below are 5 wise lessons you can learn while you curb your wanderlust alone.
When you travel alone, you are responsible and answerable only to your own self. There is no one else to look after and though it may sound lonely, you have to take the responsibility of your own actions as well. On the other hand, this is the time to really enjoy your own company. You don’t need to worry what others are thinking and there are no social norms that you have to stick with either.
Without offending anyone else, this is the time when you can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to and however you decide to do it. You can stay at any affordable hotel which is within your budgets without thinking about too many amenities and comfort that you would need otherwise in the company of friends or family. You can have any type of meals according to your own choice and many other things as well.
One of the most wise lessons you can learn from travelling solo is acceptance. Acceptance of new culture and in the whole process acquiring new friends along the way helps us open up to people and break away from the static mold we tend to set in our regular lives.
If you ask any seasoned solo traveler, he/she will tell you that it is important to actually detach yourself from the influences of near and dear ones. The key is to keep away completely from social media and stop posting minute by minute update and pictures of your travel. It is a time to understand yourself and your own thought processes, whether you are having an adventure in the woods, hiking in the mountains, lazing around on a sunny beach or simply unwinding in your bed at one of the cheap hotels.
If you feel something is wrong or you are being followed or stalked, you are most probably right. You are an easy target when traveling alone, so be prepared. Plan for everything ahead, whether it is for safety or emergency. Keep a pepper spray or something similar but legal to face danger if you are unfortunate victim. Carry a hard copy of your emergency numbers and hotel name and number on a piece of paper somewhere on your body as well. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Last but not least, create memories. Go get your own story that is exclusively yours with the new people you will meet, the places you will explore and take home the unique new person you have discovered within yourself.
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