I am admittedly a solo traveler at heart. I love being able to go where I want and not have to dither over the question all people who travel with more than one do…”What do you want to do?” It’s not to say that traveling with others is a burden. I love anything that allows me to experience somewhere new! It’s just that once you’ve travelled by yourself you realize how liberating travel can be!
There is something so decadent about being on one’s own schedule. To be able to get up when you want, grab a lunch and sit in a park for hours on end. To be at one museum for a whole day, and spending most of that time studying one painting or sculpture. I’ve done that. And I would have never experienced any of this if I didn’t go on my first solo trip.
I was slated to go to Italy and Croatia with boyfriend at the time. Our tickets were booked and we were weeks away from going. He and I broke up and I went back and forth on whether or not I should go on the trip myself. I tried to ask friends if they wanted to take the trip, it was already paid, but no one could go on such short notice. Ultimately I threw caution to the wind and said I don’t care. I’m going myself. I’m not going to miss out on this opportunity because I have to go by myself. And I thank God everyday that I did.
Traveling on your own not only is liberating but you learn so much about who you are and the type of person you are. You gain an appreciation of other and other cultures. You learn valuable lessons that help you in life. You tend to stress less because you’ve adopted a philosophy of “going with the flow” because anyone who has traveled knows that there are always going to be issues. Some small and some major, like the time I traveled throughout Italy myself for a month and there was a transportation strike on. It’s times like those instead of flipping out, you take a stroll and maybe explore a part of the city you were not able to get to.
I’ve been told by different people that I’m very cultured. I just think I’m well traveled. I’ve become the person I am by traveling and experiencing and not waiting for someone to do it with me. I encourage everyone to try solo traveling. You don’t have to go far. If going to Europe is daunting try going to Canada by yourself or even the next state over. Sit in a cafe and watch the people go by. Just enjoy being there on your own. You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself, and who knows you may even like it.