The word ‘Travel Solo’ can sound really scary but it’s worth the money and the time. I’ve travelled solo a couple of times but even now I find myself getting super nervous when I’m get on a plane.
I’m not sure about others but I’m going to speak from my experience – if you’re a brown girl and you think of going solo then you’re immediately categorised as a depressed soul or you have issues or you’ve no friends. A lot of times when I met travellers and they asked me why I was travelling solo – I would only say this:
I just wanna chill.
And that’s it. Don’t dig deeper into my psyche to figure out what went wrong in my life – yo I’m just chillin.
Here’s why you should travel solo:
- You actually talk
I found myself actually making real conversation with people. I genuinely wanted to know where they were from, their opinions on political issues and how’s it like back home. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not that whimsy on a daily basis (I’m nowhere close to whimsy) but it’s great to talk to people who have no connections with you.
- The adrenaline rush is addictive
I shit you not – right from the boarding ticket to making your way back home is an adrenaline rush that only fills you with much more confidence day-after-day. You’re going to come back with such an energy boost that you’ll almost forget to whine about your boss.
- Get a clear perspective
I was going through this really tough time in my life and that’s when I planned my solo trip to Sri Lanka and what I learnt from this experience was that sometimes you need to be all alone to just listen to yourself, make a decision and take the next step. I haven’t regretted a day after that solo trip and that’s why sometimes you need to shut off your friends, family, your boyfriend and just listen to yourself.
- Aware of your surroundings
I know a lot of people who have the attention span of a pigeon and blame it on ADHD but when you travel solo you CANNOT afford to pull that reason. Cause well, you’re on your own, if you don’t pay enough attention – you will get lost or mugged. You pay attention to detail and literally take in everything when you travel solo.
Fun Fact – I’ve been mugged by aunties in a sari about 10 times in the same city.
- You’re going to learn to be really comfortable with yourself
This applies to anything you do in life really. If you can go out by yourself and have fun – you’re going to be very content with the way you are. You’ll find yourself making decisions and letting go of people who add drama and negativity in your life very easily.
I think I’ll rant about the top 10 things that people have asked me when I travelled solo in another post. But if you’re travelling with a bunch of friends and you stumble upon a solo traveller then don’t go all Judge Judy on them. Travel solo and inspire others to do the same.
Aight that’s about it byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.