Travelling alone is the best way to experience the world. You see the world without the influence of another person’s taste. When you are with a companion, you rely on them to get most out of your trip. Travelling alone, you are free to do whatever you want to do. Want to make friends with strangers? Go talk to them. Want to eat pizza? Go grab it. Want to roam with no particular destination in mind? You got nobody to give an explanation. You’re the boss.
Why travel alone?
Solo traveling is like to be on a voyage of self-discovery. Your time is your own and your mistakes are your own. You don’t need to take anyone else’s feelings into account. It’s your call. You can change your plan any moment you want or better, you don’t need to make a plan. This will make you more creative and confident. You become a problem solver because whatever comes in your way, it’s you who have to tackle it.
The best part about traveling alone is you return with a lot of new friends. It’s human nature to approach a single person for help than to ask a group of people. Also, you tend to talk to local people and get to know a lot more about the place than google or books could ever tell.
Safety is a very important concern for solo travelers. Without a companion to watch your back, you are more vulnerable to criminals. Here are a few tips:
Take a personal safety alarm. Especially girls should carry it as solo female travelers are always considered easier to attack. Use a spare padlock to lock your room at night so you can have a baby sleep.
Photocopy passport, tickets and all the important documents and keep those separately.
Avoid appearing like a tourist to avoid attention. You got to be confident.
Lie a little when talking to strangers.
Use your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
So, get out of your comfort zone and travel alone. Go do anything and everything. Embarrass yourself, make memories, embrace yourself, live fully!