There is no experience in one’s lifetime comparable to world travel. Exploring this vast amazing planet does wonders to the soul, expands one’s thinking, provides an invaluable education and exposure to foreign culture. The fact that I do most of my traveling alone has little to do with being adventurous; I simply prefer it. I’ve traveled to parts of Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe with nothing more than a backpack never feeling afraid, lonely or alone.
The attention I draw from people is an experience in and of itself. I can sense the burning curiosity with some, questioning my motives or psychological well-being for daring to travel unaccompanied. The shallow and insecure women I meet sometimes cling a little tighter to their male companions. Then there are those that feel sorry for me and persist in their invitations to join the crowd. Little do they know it is I that pity them for the aspects of the journey they’ll never come to appreciate because they are traveling with others.
BENEFITS OF SOLO TRAVELING
There are those that could never fathom a solo journey, not to a restaurant or a movie, much less a foreign country. Many women are afraid and others fear loneliness, neither of which should deter you from one of the most challenging and best excursions you’ll ever take. I encourage everyone to travel solo—at least once in your life—and here are some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy:
- Opportunities and invitations are extended to you that would not otherwise occur if you were partnered with someone.
- Freedom from compromising, misunderstandings or drama.
- There’s nothing like returning to a hotel or stateroom that only YOU occupy.
- You can revel in breathtaking scenery unhindered; appreciate the wonders of the world.
- If you’re single and looking for love, you’re better positioned to meet eligible singles.
- You can read, write, meditate and relax uninterrupted.
- It’s healthy to spend time alone and learn about YOU!
- You can save money and resist the temptation to spend money based on the influence of others.
- Become self-reliant on your instinct, judge of character and direction.
- Face your fears and become stronger.
Sure I have to be aware of safety at all times when traveling alone and sometimes have to ask people to take pictures of me when a selfie won’t do, but it’s a small price to pay for the bigger payoff. My all-time favorite is connecting with people all over the globe who love to travel and exchange information. Imparting knowledge about everything from finances to politics broadens my intellect, enhances my conversations and changes my perspective on the things I know not.
To those that continue to deprive themselves of a chance to explore the world and expand because “going it alone” is not an option, I say this: “Get busy living cuz tomorrow’s not promised!” If you’re waiting for someone with the means, the time and the vision to see the unknown, you may be waiting indefinitely.
Traveling alone does require a level of confidence and some courage for sure, so if you feel uncomfortable going a long distance, start off by taking a short trip and build from there. If you’re like me, you’ll feel empowered with a sense of accomplishment after every trip. Go ahead and try it sometimes . . . and be safe!