3 reasons why you need to solo travel in 2018
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The one reason people stray away from solo travel is because they are afraid of being alone. If you decided now, in this moment, to take a solo two-week trip to let’s say Italy, you would think of all the beautiful architecture you will see, all the delectable food you will taste, the adventures, the wine, fantasize about how you would fall in love with a local Italian man or woman, other possible trips to countries in Europe and whatever Italy wants to offer to you. A thought that would also cross your mind is:
“Really, I’m going to Italy on my own?”
Because there’s nothing worse than being alone, right?
Because apparently, you aren’t supposed to experience yourself on this magnificent earth, watching the sunset from a hammock, appreciating the calming of the ocean without a partner.
You aren’t supposed to sit under a palm tree, hike a mountain or roam the empty European streets with your thoughts; walk along the beach considering the direction of your path and reconnect with nature without your family.
Nor are you supposed to listen to the music of the waterfalls, listen to the morning roar of the lions in the Serengeti, backstroke in clear, green water without your friends.
“My alone feels so good, I'll only have you if you're sweeter than my solitude.”
― Warsan Shire
I took a solo trip to Bali, Indonesia last summer and honestly it was the most terrifying and most rewarding experience. At first, I felt like I needed to wait to go with someone, that I couldn't do this on my own. But, I was never going to go experience the beauty of Bali If I waited for someone to go with me.
These are the things that solo travel has done for me:
Solo travel has introduced a heightened sense of awareness. Without a companion, the only option you have is to focus on yourself, think, reflect, read and write about the beautiful people you see, nature and the culture that you instantly fall in love with.
Solo travel has presented immense personal freedom. You can go wherever you want. Do whatever you want. Eat whatever you want. Speak to whoever you want. Try whatever you want. Sleep wherever and whenever you want. Wake up whenever you want. There are no limits or routines. It’s absolute freedom to allow yourself to just go, do, and be.
Solo travel has created a strong sense of self-empowerment. When everything is your responsibility, and you actually pull it off? You end up feeling pretty dang good about yourself. When you step out of your comfort zone and realize that everything turned out okay, you then feel empowered to push the envelope even further. It’s such a thrill, especially as a young woman.
This only scratches the surface, but there are so many rewards that come with solo travel. It’s an experience that I’d recommend to everyone. You never really travel alone per say, the way I look at it is that the world is full of friends and lovers waiting to find you and know you and you find them and know them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had amazing trips with great friends and I know that solo trips aren’t for everyone. Travel is travel. At the same time, there is something very special about traveling alone. It’s completely enriching. It gives you the chance to not only explore the world but yourself. I know it sounds very cliché, but it’s the ultimate adventure.
Also, travel doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip to Europe or Indonesia or my personal fave, the motherland which is also my father's land, Africa. It can be anywhere. It can be within your country; it can be weekend trip to the beach or to the mountain. Travel is what you make it. So, take the leap and just go, go, go!
What are some places you would like to travel to this year? I have some exciting trips coming up and I am super excited to share my adventures with you.
Let me know what you guys are thinking in the comment section below.
Until next time NON's,
Love your fellow globetrotter,