Embarking on a solo trip is a great way to discover the world and gain deeper self-insight. While it undoubtedly presents challenges, the resulting sense of accomplishment is highly rewarding. The life lessons I learned from solo traveled changed not only who I am, but who I would become. Here are a few of the biggest lessons I have learned:
It’s Okay To Do Things Alone
When traveling with friends or family, it’s easy to fall into the trap of always doing things together. But when traveling solo, you have no choice but to do things alone. This can be scary at first, but it’s a great way to learn to be comfortable with yourself.
One solo explorer expressed, “After traveling alone, I now have the confidence to do things solo, and I’ve even gone to concerts alone now, which I never would have done before.”
No One Cares What You Are Doing
When traveling with others, you always worry about what they think of you. But when traveling solo, you can let loose and be yourself. No one judges you, so you can relax and enjoy your trip.
One traveler commented, “No one cares what I’m doing. I have a lot of anxiety and used to be so self-conscious in public. When I started traveling alone, I had to start eating at restaurants by myself, going to museums by myself, and asking people for help/ directions.”
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Going on a solo adventure is a fantastic way to break out of the old comfort zone. It pushes you to dive into new experiences and connect with all sorts of new and potentially fascinating people. At first, it can be a little daunting, but it’s an amazing opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery.
Some Days Don’t Go Your Way, Even in Paradise
Even when you’re on the most amazing trip, there will be days when things don’t go your way. Flights will be canceled, restaurants will be closed, and you’ll get lost. Remember that these things happen to everyone. The important thing is to roll with the punches and keep on going.
Things Tend to Work Out When You Go With the Flow
When things go wrong, it’s easy to get stressed out and panic. But if you can relax and go with the flow, things usually have a way of working out. This doesn’t mean that you should be careless or irresponsible. But it does mean that you should try not to worry too much about things out of your control.
One nomad explained, “Realize if you just go with the flow, things have a way of working themselves out. No need to be stressed if a plan doesn’t go to plan.”
To Live With Less
When traveling solo, you don’t have anyone to help you carry your stuff. This means that you have to be really mindful of what you pack. You’ll quickly learn that you don’t need as much stuff as you thought. This is a great lesson to take back home with you.
“We all need a lot less material things than we think.” one individual expressed.
It’s Important To Have a Routine (and Stick To It)
Even when you’re traveling, it’s important to have a routine. This will help you stay on track and avoid getting overwhelmed. Your routine might include things like waking up at the same time each day, eating breakfast, going for a walk, and doing some work.
A New Location Change Won’t Change Bad Habits
You might believe that simply switching up your surroundings could magically help you kick those unwanted or unhealthy habits to the curb. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. To truly shake off bad habits, you’ve got to be intentional about it. Stay aware of your choices and take small, deliberate steps to transform the way you live.
“even when traveling halfway around the world, I’ll find myself falling back into bad habits of drinking in a bar and eating fast food, so a change of location isn’t going to fix those bad habits!” commented one traveler.
15 Minutes Early is On Time
When you’re traveling, you need to be on time. This means leaving for the airport early, showing up for your tour on time, and meeting your friends for dinner at the agreed-upon time. Being on time is important because it shows respect for others, and it can save you a lot of stress. So if you’re running late, don’t worry too much—it’s better to be 15 minutes early than 15 minutes late!
The World is Mostly Good
When you travel solo, you are forced to step outside your comfort zone and interact with people from all walks of life. This can be a daunting task, but it is also an incredibly rewarding one. Meeting new people and learning about their cultures allows you to see the world in a new light. You realize there are good people everywhere, and the world is (mostly) a good place.
To Cultivate an Attitude of Exploration
Solo travel is like opening up a whole new world – you get to explore unique places and connect with interesting people. It’s an awesome way to discover not just the world but also yourself. Allow yourself to dive into new experiences and break free from your comfort zone.
Take that sense of adventure back home. Be a tourist in your own town and check out cool spots, new eateries, or attractions you haven’t been to in ages.
To Appreciate Your Loved Ones
When traveling alone, you can’t help but spend a lot of time thinking about the ones you love. Missing them comes naturally, and it makes you appreciate them even more. It’s like a gentle nudge reminding you to truly value the people in your life.
One person remarked, “I appreciate my family and friends back home even more because of our deeper connection.”
You are Solely Responsible for Your Happiness
When traveling solo, you’re the only one who can make you happy. This means taking responsibility for your own well-being and ensuring you’re doing things that you enjoy. It also means being prepared for challenges and setbacks and knowing you can handle whatever comes your way.
One solo traveler expressed, “You are the only main constant for happiness in your life. I learned that I’m the only one who can truly live my life and determine who I am, and that isn’t dependent on others. I basically gained a higher sense of independence and autonomy in my life.”
Why Solo Travel
Embarking on a solo journey can be both a thrilling and enriching experience. If you’ve been toying with the idea of a solo trip, let me tell you – go for it! You may discover a newfound appreciation for the world and yourself through this incredible adventure.
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Hi! We are Jenn and Ed Coleman aka Coleman Concierge. In a nutshell, we are a Huntsville-based Gen X couple sharing our stories of amazing adventures through activity-driven transformational and experiential travel.