1 You get to make new friends
Travelling solo doesn’t necessarily mean you travel alone. Travelling alone keeps you open for new company. Meet people like you, unlike you, older than you, younger than you; what excites me, is meeting ‘new’ people. Listening to life stories of people from different walks of life is so sterling. There’s a saying in my language, make a home wherever you go. This means to make such friends who feel like a family where you get the warmth and love as like your home. Solo travelling gives you a friend for a lifetime. These friendships last because when you travel alone, you are most honest versions of yourselves. Go solo, new friends are waiting for you. If you are an introvert making new friends might seem difficult to you at first but trust me it’s a very soothing experience. Telling your story to a complete stranger is incredible.
2 find yourself
This might sound very philosophical but yes its true. You can truly find yourself only when you are alone. the way a person acts in a particular situation is influenced by the company he has. When you are alone, the braver, confident and responsible side of you is dominant. Being with yourself is a liberating experience, you start loving yourself because you genuinely realise that you don’t need other people in your life to be happy. There’s peace when you and your soul start talking to each other, that is something I can’t describe in words. Travelling alone has made me more aware of what is happening around me.
3 true freedom
The best part about solo trips is you don’t need a plan. You are the one who has all the control over how you wish to spend your time. There are no restrictions, nobody can say you get up and move, time is up. You are not in a rush when you travel with yourself. It’s like a blank sheet of paper, fill it with whatever you want. This flexibility is the true sense of freedom. Having a plan is not bad but following the plan meticulously might be boring sometimes. When you travel alone, you are free to decide what to do, where to be, for how much time. Group travel restricts this freedom. Limitations lead to lesser happiness and the joy increases with freedom.
4 feel the surrounding better
Now, this is something I have experienced. When I was trekking in the Himalayas I met a group of young guys who had come on the same trek. as we were climbing all of them were busy with either listening to music, talking to each other, eating, drinking and they said they were having fun. I don’t say you should not do this but then you miss out on something even more captivating. The sound of the forest, of the river and the sound of the peace in the mountains. So that’s when I decided if you have to travel, it should be to the fullest and it is possible when you travel solo. Don’t be part of the group, wandering solo, listen, hear and feel what is around you.
5 it’s an exotic experience
Travelling solo is an experience which purifies you from within. the more time you spend with yourself the more you realise that is all you ever needed. That moment of self-awareness is found only when you are with YOU. I have travelled solo mostly to the locations where nature is at its best. Nature itself is a great company. Talk to the mountains, listen to the river, breathe in the forests and feel the wind. Don’t go solo because its cool but go solo to really understand how liberating the experience is. Places are so much lovelier when you are alone.