Just like high school English, it should be mandatory for all young adults to take an extended trip by themselves. Coming into your own as an adult without the structure of scheduled classes and teachers telling you what to do and how to act can be daunting. Here are the benefits of travelling alone:
1) Learn to love being by yourself. Always connecting with friends and family can make us forget how to spend time with the one person who matters most: ourselves. When you travel alone, you’re essentially going on dates with yourself and have time to appreciate what a kind and happy person you are all on your own.
2) You are 100% accountable for your decisions and their outcomes. If you lose the map, it’s your fault. If you partied way too much last night, it’s also your fault. Being completely responsible for your actions is a huge life lesson that many of us seem to stumble through. When you travel alone, you’re allowed to make mistakes and also learn from them.
3) Develop your people skills. You’re bound to meet new people along your solo travels. This is your chance to interact with unique personalities, new cultures and people from completely different upbringings.
4) Practice problem solving. You ran out of money, you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and your phone is dead. What do you do? If this were a question in your textbook, you’d take the time and effort to craft the perfect response, but when you’re actually in this situation your true problem solving skills get put to the test.
5) Acquire life skills and apply them to the real world. The best way to learn is by doing. Feeding yourself, managing your finances, being on time, setting a goal and putting a plan into place in order to achieve it are all life skills that you gain and master once you travel alone.
6) Do what you want to do. Wake up to watch the sunrise? Or stay in bed all day and order room service? When you travel on your own, you can do whatever the heck you want and don’t have to be considerate of anyone else’s preferences but your own.
7) Discover who you are and think about who you want to become. The most important and valuable aspect of travelling alone is how much you get to know yourself. You don’t have to play up to your parents’ expectations or adapt your behaviour to that of your friends’ to fit in. You really get to be YOU.
You also have endless amounts of time to think when you’re flying solo. While you’re in such a calm and quiet state of mind, you have the opportunity to reflect on what sort of life you want to lead and this sort of reflection is important to leading a life filled with happiness and good vibes.
Remember to be safe, aware of your surroundings and always let other people know where you're going to be staying on your solo adventures!
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