The idea of traveling alone in a foreign country is dream for me, but this is one of the experiences I have put down in my to-do list for this year. There are plenty of risks to take and obstacles to overcome, but the rewards more than make up for it. Do it for yourself, because it is an enriching experience. So why travel alone?
Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. Barbara de Angeli
Use it as a time for introspection.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard the phrase “discover one’s self” too many times. I don’t know about that, but if you are the type who rarely spends “me” time, you will be surprised at how enjoyable this experience can be. When was the last time you listened to your own thoughts and wrote down your dreams? You really cannot do this while in the company of other people. Use this time away from the city, work, people to do some much-needed introspection and pen something down in your dream journal. Also, there is something thrilling at the very idea of not having to make polite conversation or small talk.
You can meet new people.
Let’s face it, there is some truth to the phrase “Familiarity breeds contempt.” In our work, home, and social circles, we interact with the same people everyday. And sometimes, when you get to know people all too well, you know their quirks and their not-so-good qualities. Everyone has them. But if you travel alone, you have the chance of meeting new people whose culture is entirely different from you. One tip to meet new people is by asking strangers to take photos of you – it is a fool-proof guide to striking up conversations with strangers.
You can do everything you want, go wherever you want.
There is some kind of palpable relief of not having to be accountable to someone during your travels. You don’t have to wait on another person, or consult another before making a decision. Feel free to do something ridiculous or weird. If you feel like whiling away the afternoon eating a baguette and reading a book in a park in Paris instead of doing something touristy like visiting a museum, you are more than welcome to do so!
Love life and travel more!
XOXO, Nikki ❤