Do you dream of travelling to far-flung places and immersing yourself in the culture/food/adventure of a place that is totally unknown to you? Having trouble convincing friends/family/significant others to go with you, or sick of waiting for that potential travel buddy to get their finances in check? Sure, the idea of travelling alone might sound daunting to a first-timer. But with a little bit of confidence and determination, you’ll realise that travelling solo isn’t just loads of fun, but more rewarding than you ever imagined, and more than likely, truly life-changing.
The ultimate ‘me time’
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably finding that your day-to-day life is making you give more and more of yourself and your time to others, and you’re spending less time focusing on yourself and your physical and mental well-being. You crave time to yourself, to indulge in some much needed ‘me time’. Well, when you travel solo, you can have all the ‘me time’ you want! You’re in charge of your own schedule, which means you can go where you want and do what you want, when you want and how you want. You can travel as fast or as slowly as you want, without having to justify your choices to anyone, and you don’t have to compromise on things like which sights you’ll see, where you’ll eat, how long you’ll spend at each stop, etc. You’re free to meet new people, or not, and enjoy your holiday in the exact way you want to. There is no one else to please but you – enjoy it!
Travelling solo gives you the ultimate opportunity for self-reflection and development. Travelling alone allows you to be free of the influences of home and puts you in charge of making your own decisions without the burden of keeping others happy or worrying about what they might think. With no one to make decisions for you, or influence the decisions you make, your problem-solving skills increase, making you a more independent, more fearless person in the process. You will get to know yourself better than you thought possible, discovering strengths you didn’t know you had, and come to realise just how independent and capable you really are.
In travel, as in life, there has always been a bit of a stigma surrounding being single, especially for women. The perception has long been that being on your own is somehow undesirable, unfortunate, and something to be pitied. And it is something that most single women have experienced at some point in their lives, usually from well-meaning friends and family. However, this perception is slowly changing. Solo travel is on the increase and, as more people begin to embrace it, the image of solo travel is being redefined more as a luxury, a chance to escape the rabble of daily life and do something just for you. If you’re already living a fabulously single life, then you already have all of the qualities of a kick-arse solo traveller. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and make your travel dream a reality – you won’t regret it!
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