When I was 18 years old, I made the decision to book a ticket and fly by myself to New York City for a week. The experience was unforgettable. I was young, this was my first trip within the United States, and I was fresh into my adolescent mind.
In this post, I’m going to be talking about why you should travel by yourself..and how traveling by myself has helped me with certain things immensely.
You’ll hear yourself. What I noticed was that because I was away from everyone I knew and didn’t know anyone around me, I could hear myself think a lot more. I got to know what I liked, what I disliked, or what I thought about regarding certain situations. It was quite peaceful actually.
You are in control of your own time. When you travel alone, you don’t have to take into consideration of what other people would like to do. You don’t have to worry about someone else’s wants. If you’re just walking around and you see a restaurant you find interesting, you don’t have to think twice about going in and worrying if someone in the group wouldn’t want to eat that.
You might even save money because you’re not forced to do activities that you don’t want to do!
You learn a lot about yourself and your surroundings. One thing I love about traveling alone is the amount of people watching you do. You notice how small we actually are and how similar we all are. You get to see how a mother takes care of her child or how a middle aged man carries himself. You also notice art which speak about situations and things that are hard to say through words.
You build independence and confidence. Traveling alone might sound scary to some people, but you build a small amount, or even a large amount of independence when you do so. Heck, you might even build up the confidence to speak with a random person. It’s amazing what some alone time can do for you.
I personally think that traveling alone can be very beneficial for you. Even if you do it at a young age or when you’re 90! Life is too short to wait around for people to join you on anything you want to do. Take the risk and go alone because chances are, you might have a better time exploring the environment and yourself.
As always, thanks for joining me! I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions. Have you ever traveled by yourself? And if so, how was your experience?