“See you in December!”, I still remember feeling a tad uneasy back in August 2012 when I waved my parents goodbye. It was right before I was boarding a plane that would take me to Pensacola, Florida, where I would spend the upcoming semester. It was my first time traveling alone. Little did I know that in course of the following couple of months, I would meet amazing people and make memories for a lifetime. Oh, and I would get my very first IV too. But that’s a different story.
My biggest fear was to get lost. And at one point, I did. But I eventually made it to Pensacola and four months later I head to head back home. After my first solo trip, many more followed. Why? Because I realized that traveling alone can be pretty amazing! Here’s why.
1. Alone doesn’t equal lonely
When traveling alone, you’re… alone. At least at first. That’s why traveling solo definitely requires stepping out of your comfort zone. But then again, the fact that you’re alone is the exact reason why I came to enjoy those journeys.
Think about it: When’s the last time you went out and had a cup of coffee all by yourself? If you haven’t done so recently, you should definitely change that. Go out, enjoy a little bit of me-time. It’s amazing. This way you get to know a very important person just a little better – yourself, that is. But then again, you probably won’t even have much time by yourself because when traveling alone…
2. You make new friends when traveling alone
Jumping on a plane and leaving your best friends behind can be tough. Especially when you’re heading for a place you’ve never been to before, it’s nice to have familiar faces around you. People you can chat with and you can rely on. Not having your loved ones with you can be a bummer but…
Since you don’t have your old friends with you, why not make new ones? Don’t worry, you can keep the old ones too along with whoever you bond with next. If you’re traveling alone, it’s way easier to get into a conversation with a stranger.
Be open-minded and start a conversation, if you feel like it. The most important thing, however, is to trust your instincts. If something about your new acquaintance seems off, abort the mission!
3. You can do whatever floats your boat
… even if you travel by plane, car or train and not by boat (yeah, that was a pun). Sure, organizing a trip all by yourself can be a whole lot of work. How do you get from the airport to the city center? Where is the hotel located? And how do you get back home?
But then again, you can organize your trip just to your liking! You feel like grabbing a cup of coffee instead of doing a bus tour? Go for it! Or would you rather check out that neat museum? Nobody’s gonna stop you! You can be selfish and nobody ‘s going to nag about it, because remember? Youre traveling alone!
And of course, you can always keep in mind that at the end of the day, there are people waiting for you back home. And they can’t wait to hear about your trip!
Have you ever considered going on a journey all be yourself? Leave a comment or drop me a message and share your experiences!