There is nothing like waking up for yourself in an unknown place, with nothing to do, except explore. It is stimulating and novel. At the same time, something intimidating, but that aspect is what makes you intoxicating.
Adventurous souls fall in love with unexplored territory. The guide guides the passion for travel and a constant concern for the unknown. Those who travel alone have these characteristics, and beyond that, they feel a special bond with the earth that makes them citizens of the world.
When you travel on your own you do not belong to anything and at the same time you belong to everything. You experience the last sensation of freedom.
Of course, there is great joy in traveling with others, but it is also much more predictable. Through solo travel you learn to move with the flow, to flow, to improvise, and that is vital for success, survival and happiness. In fact, traveling alone is understated.
1. Solo trips give you clarity
Traveling alone allows you to establish a travel rhythm. You make your own plans and dictate your own schedule. But if there is no one to take care of your back, you are also responsible for your own safety. So your instincts become your guide and your best friends.
When you venture into the unknown on your own, your senses are alert. A human being will never be more perceptive than when he enters the unknown. It is a survival mechanism.
Thus, through solo travel, you assimilate and contemplate much more than you would if you traveled accompanied. You can feel and learn more than you could ever have imagined.
The individual excursions help us to find in ourselves a certain ingenuity about the world, broadening our perspectives as we become more aware of our vulnerabilities and our beliefs.
In short, traveling alone makes us wise, since it fosters discovery in an interior and exterior way.
A destination is not a place, but a new way of seeing things.
2. Traveling alone reduces stress and increases self-awareness
For those who travel on their own, there will be moments of solitude.
It is true that even if you are completely surrounded by people, loneliness can creep in especially if you are in a place where nobody speaks your native language and communication is difficult. But that experience will also help you understand the important distinction between being alone and feeling alone.
Loneliness and isolation are not the same thing. Loneliness produces a feeling of separation and exhausts the spirit. Isolation increases self-awareness, and ultimately, makes us feel more connected to the world. We are never really alone, but it is difficult to recognize this if we do not have the time to reflect on it.
Human beings are social creatures; We would not survive without the presence of other people. In the company search, however, we often do not recognize the benefits of loneliness.
Life is full of distractions, and it is difficult to live in the moment. We need time to sit down with our thoughts and process everything. Reflection is vital for our mental health, and it is much easier when we are separated from others.
Research shows that conscious meditation, or the intentional practice of focusing on the present, can significantly reduce anxiety, since it helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Traveling alone, seeing it from this perspective, offers a benign type of reflection.
The higher consciousness that we acquire with this way of traveling, combined with the emotion of new experiences, unconsciously centers your mind in the present. In turn, the past is left aside, and the pain and lamentations that often come with it. At the same time, you stop worrying so much about the future.
In other words, solo trips help you free your mind and teach you to hold each breath.
3. Self-discovery requires exploration
Perhaps the best aspect of traveling alone is that while you discover the world, you find yourself with your true self. It is a self-reflective way of traveling.
The limitations that you will overcome will become enlightening and inspiring as you move away from your comfort zone.
Traveling with others allows you to cling to the familiar, which you are accustomed to solving; but during solo excursions we have no choice but to venture into unfamiliar territory, physically and mentally.
You make strange friends, you eat different food, maybe you will listen to music played by instruments or groups that you did not know existed. You begin to see the world in a completely new light.
In the process, you become a more confident person, who end the day with a smile on his face and a passion for new experiences.
When we travel alone we also discover that we are small but interconnected pieces of a big, bright, dynamic and beautiful world. There is nothing healthier for the ego than recognizing that you are not the center of the universe, and that you are still connected to it.
This epiphany will make you enjoy the diverse nature of the world and its inhabitants. You will worry more about the welfare of other people, as well as about the general state of health of the planet. In short, solo travel will make you a more empathetic and intuitive person.
You will learn to celebrate the unknown, and with it, you will acquire skills to adapt to the only constant of life: change.
You will find answers to questions that you did not know bothered you; you will have adventures that you never imagined and you will grow as a person in an immeasurable way.
Traveling alone is getting lost on purpose, in order to be found.