“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain
It is no secret that there are numerous ways in which traveling can enrich your experiences and leave an indelible mark on you. Traveling alone, however, is another prospect altogether. Most people are unaware of the tremendous advantages that traveling alone can have on the individual. For starters, you get to know that there’s a hidden side to you that has long eluded discovery. You also come to improve upon your survival skills that are so important if you wish to achieve success in your career and personal life. Traveling alone, can be a life changing experience and here are some of the most amazing reasons why you should go about it.
1. Pushes you to get out of your comfort zone
If there is one thing social media has proved, it is that most people fear loneliness. When you are alone, it is solely you who is in charge of your destiny. While this may seem a tall order, it is actually extremely practical since the only dependable companion you will get throughout life is you yourself. Being alone thus helps you to learn how to adapt and tackle different situations.
2. Brushes up your planning skills
Any prior experience of having planned a trip would obviously make you agree to the enormous headaches that one has to undergo. Everything from booking hotel and flight tickets to creating an itinerary of the places one would go to, and then collaborating all of them together is a monumental task. To ensure success in your professional life it is important to have strong planning skills so that you can efficiently handle a wide variety of tasks without mixing them up.
3. Working on a Budget
When traveling alone there is always a tendency to budget your expenses so that you don’t end up spending too much. A large part of actually being a good traveler is depending on the proficiency you display while managing your budget. A few apps like Dollarbird, Mint and Wally may come handy in this regard. Cost cutting can help you develop your entrepreneurship skills.
4. Helps improve on decision-making skills.
Traveling alone makes you take decisions on a daily basis. These decisions that you take help you to slowly identify options that minimize risks and increase productivity. This is one skill that only gets better with every use.
5. Develop and improve creative thinking
On my first trip overseas, the biggest mistake I made was guessing that everyone is acquainted with the English language. I couldn’t be further away from the truth. The harsh fact just remains there are few people who understand English well. You would thus have to resort to making crude signs to get your message across. This requires imagination, as you would need to find the simplest ways to express your mind.
Traveling alone is a good way to relax and learn life lessons at the same time. And once you go solo and realize how insanely fun it is, all you would want to do is explore the world for yourself.