What No One Tells You About Travelling Solo!
“I met the most amazing people and had the time of my life…” – This is not always the case while traveling solo. There are some truths that no one really talks about. Here are a few –
- You will depend on strangers: You will not have a constant by your side and start to find comfort in other people. They may not reciprocate in the same way but it will push you to look beyond our differences, approach other travellers and open up to the locals
- You will find it difficult to communicate: In a place where people speak a language that is not native to your country, you will find it difficult to communicate. You might use a million hand gestures and a hundred broken words and still not understand what the other person is saying. But moments like these will give you the confidence to overcome the barriers of language and at least try to communicate.
- It will alter your life goals: Everyone has a goal that is set in stone – It could be a long-term goal or a short term one. Travelling alone will completely shatter those and create brand new ones. It will make you fall in love with the thrill of new experiences, the risks and the people. It will make you realize that goals do change.
- You will feel lonely at some point: There will be moments where you watch a movie alone, go for a show by your self or eat alone at a fancy restaurant. But what these experiences really do is make you more confident and self-sufficient.
- You will run out of money: A limited budget will mean that you just can’t spend on anything and everything you wish for. You will have to keep a check of your daily expenses and restrict your urges. It will make you understand the true value of money.
- You will get lost: You’ll never manage to read those detailed maps and you’ll sometimes lose data as you try to look up Google maps. But nevertheless, it will make you pay more attention to detail, to places, to landmarks.
- You will find it difficult to get back to your regular life: Once you’re back from your magical trip, you will actually begin to start smelling the roses instead of just crossing them. You will understand the little quirks, the people and your environment a little better. But the feeling of “too foreign for home, too foreign for here and never enough for both” will always stay…
Will you still dare to travel alone? (I really hope you do…)