A little over 3 years ago I caught the solo travel bug and ventured to California for Coachella. There was some initial fear leading up to the trip, however, it ended being eye-opening and truly one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life.
Next week marks my 6th solo trip and to celebrate I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Lesson 1: You are the master of your destiny
Solo travel is the ultimate indulgence. It provides moments of solitude and the opportunity to discover your true self. As humans we are shaped and molded by society and told if we don’t have/do ___ then we can’t be happy. Without having another person or group of people there to persuade, consult, or compromise with you master of your own destiny.
Lesson 2: You learn to trust your instincts
Time and time again many of us ignore our intuition and just go with the flow of our surroundings despite the outcome. When you travel by yourself a heightened sense of awareness develops. For me, this trait solely eliminated the fear of “What if…?” as I always go with that little inside voice.
Lesson 3: You’ll go from hating being alone to enjoying it
How many times have you not gone somewhere because you don’t have someone to go with? Before you would never catch me anywhere by myself but solo travel has pushed me outside my comfort zone. I have no issues going to dinner, a concert, or anything by myself.
Lesson 4: You’ll meet interesting people & have friends everywhere
Being alone creates a sense of mystery to those around you and invites conversation. Some of my most memorable experiences have stemmed from moments shared with people I just met and now stay in contact with. It’s intriguing to learn other people’s journeys through life and help each other grow.
Lesson 5: It will literally & figuratively make you richer
Traveling in groups, we either tend to spend way above our budget if someone has expensive taste or the complete opposite leaving ourselves underwhelmed & outside our comfort zones. By traveling solo you’re in control of how much you want to splurge or save. With this, you’ll also acquire so much knowledge about your preferences, the culture of the area you’re visiting, and so much more!
Lesson 6: You’ll learn how to make things happen by yourself.
Although this has always been instilled in me from growing up and being raised by a single mother. What I’ve learned from my trips and even in planning the next one is if you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. In turn, it makes you a better traveler, boosts your self-confidence, and will make you live a more satisfying life.
Have some solo travel lessons of your own to share? Drop them in the comments below. Until next time…
xo Sincerely Shanti