One ordinary day, amidst a warm, soothing shower, a fascinating quote crossed my mind: “Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to”. How fun would it be to try solo traveling, I started to wonder, and thoughts came flooding in…
Traveling to places that you have never been to before or even re-visiting the places you have already been to is surely an amazing experience, be it with your friends, family or alone in your own company. People tend to travel in groups more than they travel alone as it is perfect for the ones who want to spend some quality time with their family and friends. But over recent years there has been a rise in solo travelers around the world.
Solo traveling is simply a unique and insightful experience where you travel somewhere alone and your decisions and your choices become the ultimate guide for your journey. Countries such as Iceland, Costa Rica, Singapore, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand are said to be some of the best spots for solo travelers, but the choice of the destination is completely up to you and regardless of whichever destination you choose, it will surely be a memorable trip.
Traveling alone to places is always an adventure and the freedom that comes along with it is something to look forward to. Whether you want to take a stroll around the vibrant and buzzing streets in the city or whether you want to enjoy the mild, sea breeze while relaxing on a beach is just up to you to decide and this is something that cannot be acknowledged during a trip with your friends or your family. The freedom for themselves to choose how to spend the day while traveling will give the chance for travelers to invest their time and energy in what they truly love to do.
Personal growth is also an added advantage of solo traveling as it makes you step out of your comfort zone and explore the world with your own eyes. Since almost everything in a solo trip is planned with the maximum engagement of the traveler, it will give a sense of independence to them and it will surely add value to their lives, all while they collect some irreplaceable memories for their journey of life.
The fun part of solo traveling is that you get to meet up and connect with a lot of new people from all around the world and you will return home with so many fond memories. To get the best out of a solo trip, it is always advised to connect with the locals and hence it can be said that solo traveling also helps in developing social skills in people as they learn how to pleasantly converse with the locals throughout their trip.
When you travel somewhere alone and thereby spend more time in harmony with yourself, it naturally encourages you to reflect on yourself. This will help you to get a clearer idea of your passions, your values, and also your strengths and weaknesses. This solely can be the reason why solo traveling is becoming a trend in the modern world.
It might feel like solo traveling suits more to those with a strong sense of responsibility and control over their life, but all in all, it is just a matter of taking the first step on your journey and the next thing you know is that you are already looking forward to getting lost on your next adventure and that is the joy of solo traveling.
By Rtr. Thisari Jayasumana