Why Everyone Should Try Traveling Solo at Least Once in Their Lives

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Anyone can travel, but not everyone can travel solo. It’s not that traveling solo requires a special skill or talent. It’s that most people eschew going alone because of fear: fear of safety, fear of being alone, fear of looking like the odd one out. The fact remains that traveling solo is one of the most fun, important, and transformational things you can do in your life, no matter how old you are. Indeed, Mark Twain once said, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

  • You’ll Learn to be Responsible

  • It’s easy to say you are a responsible adult when you live within the comfort of your home. You don’t realize it, but there are a plethora of people, friends, and family included, that help you to get through life everyday, whether by physical or emotional support. But, when you are in a foreign country surrounded by strangers, there is no one but yourself on which to depend. You will learn to become more aware of your environment and how to make decisions and choices that are best for you.

  • You’ll Learn to Socialize Like Never Before

  • Meeting new people and making friends on the road is unavoidable during a solo trip. Your eyes will be opened to new cultures and new ways of thinking. You will realize your way is not the only way in the universe. Like it or not, you will come home with improved interpersonal and communication skills, no matter how introverted you might be.

  • You Will Rediscover Yourself

  • It’s not rare for people who just return from solo travel to want to change at least one thing in their life. It is because during a solo trip, you will be forced to learn about yourself all over again—something that you have no time to do at home because of all of distractions. There will be situations that will push your body and your emotions, and you will learn how far you can bend. It’s a good thing. In fact, you may just find a life answer that never before posed itself.

Sure, going out with friends can be fun. But traveling on your own is an experience like no other—a class in life university that deserves enrollment at least once. And hey, you get to tell the crazy things you encountered to your friends, who will secretly envy your brave and adventurous soul.

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