What Solo Travel Taught Me
Traveling is the most liberating activity I discovered. As female especially, the first solo can be intimidating, it was for me, but it shouldn’t be a reason to not go ahead with it. Excitement is bigger than fear and will be so much worth it.
Now, when I look back I realize where I’ve been and what I’ve got. Not just the places I’ve visited , but the lessons I’ve learnt and the people that inspired me. Life is a continuous process of learning and experimenting and traveling brings you closer and closer to your real self. So far along the way I picked up and improved the following:
1 – Appreciation
When you throw yourself out of the comfort zone, in the big world you are just a tiny seed that needs to survive and find its way in a new environment. I noticed I can do so much that I doubted I could, also met people in unexpected circumstances and my horizons widened. I learnt that we don’t choose in what circumstances we are born, things can be always better, but always worse too. I started to understand the true meaning of appreciating all that surrounds me and appreciating my own persona as well.
Acting instinctively can be harder done than said, but in most cases led me to the right point. Whether it meant dealing in a spontaneous manner in a specific situation or with a certain type of person, it feels that it woke up my imagination.
3. Paying attention to the details
While in the daily life we tend to become little robots, functioning in a mechanical way sometimes, sticking to the well defined routine l , traveling brings out the opposite side of us. The explorer in me likes to notice body language, the tone of the voice and the attitude of people. It feels that traveling urges me to see, feel and discover, both places and people.
4. – Living in the moment
It’s somehow in our nature to take things for granted. There’s a false impression that there is time. There is time to hike up that mountain ’cause after all, I just live half an hour away from it. And I may repeat that every time the thought pops up in my mind. Not anymore though! We don’t know if there’s time or not because that’s out of our control if we think about it deeply.
5. – Positivity
While traveling solo I had short periods of time when not everything looked pink and cool. Worries didn’t really take me to a better place, but somehow sooner or later things did solve and the downside was forgotten. Situations, feelings are all temporary. Sooner or later they pass and as cliche as it may sound , in the end it’s going to be all good.
6. – The world is good
They say you attract to you what you are. That’s true, but I’d complete it with “not only”. Often people with not the purest intentions do indeed cross our way. They may appear to teach us a lesson. On the other hand, most of the time people are helpful and kind, especially when being approached in the same manner. Being cautious is the key regardless.
Traveling solo has taught me lessons that in other circumstances maybe I wouldn’t have learnt. It opened a door through which it feels like I’m heading towards my better version of myself.
It’s knowledge, independence, freedom and happiness. And it all starts with one step. Or shall I call it one plane ticket?