Have you ever travelled on your own? Do you find the title of this post exciting? or perhaps you could never imagine taking a break on your own, in your own company and without anyone else to distract you? Whatever your reaction to the title, read on to hear reasons why we promote solo travelling and believe that all you need for a good holiday/ break is you, yourself and you.
Discovery: When you travel on your own, you will discover who you are, what you like and dislike and how you wish to be in the world. This will happen whether you are travelling around, on a holiday or simply spending a couple of hours in a new city/ place.
Resilience: As well as finding new ways of dealing with situations, you will also recognise the resilience you have already. Some people don’t realise how resilient they are until they have to deal with a negative situation. These methods will remain with you for years after your travels and you’ll find that lots of things no longer bother you as you realise they aren’t important.
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You will like yourself more: Whether you start your journey liking yourself or not, you will soon realise that you’re alright really. The longer you spend just with yourself the easier it will be to change what you don’t like about yourself. In interacting with other people through your travels, you’ll notice how great you actually are, how kind and how creative you are. If there is something you don’t like then take the time to change it or adapt your behaviour .
Creative: As you’re on your own, you’ll find ways to occupy yourself. Depending on where you travel and stay, you may find that you have to live without all the other distractions you have previously used to occupy your mind and time. When you go quiet, you’ll listen to your inner voice more and will find yourself being more creative whether through writing, singing or drawing.
Listen to yourself: How often do you get to listen to yourself? Spending time on your own will encourage this and you will hear how you talk to yourself. With no-one else around to talk to/ with you, you will hear your own inner voice. You’ll hear if you’re encouraging, pleasant or critical towards yourself. Spend time noticing and then if you wish to change your inner voice go ahead and do it. You’ll have time to go within yourself and reflect on how you want treat yourself.
Enjoy yourself:This is the time to spoil yourself. Go and do all the things you want to do without having to consider someone else’s likes or dislikes. So make the most of it! Stay in bed longer if you want, take up the whole bed, stay up all night reading, order whatever food and drink you want to try just enjoy every moment of your time.
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Try new things: This is your moment to be whoever you want to be so if you thought you would enjoy bungee-jumping then go try and if you don’t like it then at least you know something new about yourself. You’ll never regret finding out something new about yourself and it will never be a waste of money as at least you can stop wondering whereas if you never try then you’ll never know.
Be sociable: You will meet lots of people as you travel especially as a solo traveller. People will want to help and chat with you and without anyone else there to distract you or stop you from engaging with others then go for it, meet lots of people. Just smile and say hello as you never know what will happen, it could just be a smile and a hello back or it could be the start of a great conversation/ friendship.
What is important?: You will learn what is important to you in life. Listen to your body and mind and you’ll see what you need to be happy and do it. There may be many decisions for you to make about your life and this time on your own will help you make them. You may realise that a lot of what you spend your time on normally actually isn’t important to you. You may reconsider a close friendship at home when you realise that the other person doesn’t treat you well or lift you up and you may decide you need to move to a different city or environment. You may find you complain less and less as you become more positive in life or simply don’t notice the things you used to complain about.