Life is fast, messy and demanding.You’ve got only two ways to survive it; you either live through the dirt and grime of everyday routine, or stand on the sidelines and watch as it passes you by. If, however, you feel stuck in this whirlpool of deadlines, shackled to an everyday boring agenda and are in need of a short respite - the most common solution would be to take a holiday; a smarter one would be to take a holiday, alone.
Though the idea of travelling alone may sound intimidating to many - it isn't that scary. And you'll have more to gain from it than you might realize.
“Half the fun of travel is in the esthetics of lostness.” – Ray Bardbury
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When was the last time you, danced in your own unique style to your favorite jam without a care as to who was watching and what they thought?
The world today seems enamored with secrecy, with disregarding anything that doesn't add to the majority. There are bathroom singers and closed room dancers and closet eaters and God alone knows what else. In molding ourselves to fit in, we luck out on doing the things we really want to do and sometimes forget the sort of person we really are.
Taking a trip alone, to a place that is truly of your own choosing allows you a chance to find yourself again. It offers you the open road, with no one to hold you back, or to push you forward. You can walk the path, any path you choose, at your own pace, whatever that pace may be. You can draw a map of your own, then alter it a little, then disregard it completely if you wish, you have only yourself to answer to.
In a world where every decision is painstakingly thought out, on a trip alone, you can give your heart a chance to lead the path that you wish to follow.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I was intended to be
- Douglas Adams
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One of the main hurdles that people bring up when solo travel is mentioned is the fact that you will be traveling, in the basic sense, alone. If solitude is something you, put your fears to rest. For even though you might set off alone, no journeyer can remain in that state for long.
One of the greatest treasures of traveling alone is the different amazing people you get to know on your way. Whether it's at the local coffee shop, or in the line to visit a museum or even while camping under the night sky - the variety of people you will encounter is endless. The stories that they bring with them will enrich your life and the friendships you make will last a lifetime.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. - Gail Devers
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Those of us who get close to creating a travel bucket list, 70 percent of it will be filled with death defying stunts like sky diving, running with the bulls or swimming with great white sharks. On paper these tasks sound terrifying enough, but we have yet to test the state of our minds and the rate of our hearts when it comes to practical execution.
It may sound strange, but when traveling alone, you might just feel a lot braver than you previously assumed you were. When there is no one standing beside you in the shadows to snicker if you fail, you will find you're not so afraid to try.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
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Living in a strange town for however short a period is not easy. Navigating foreign roads in a place where you perhaps don't even speak the local language can be a challenge, doing all of it alone can be an even bigger one. Traveling alone takes guts and you should admit to having accomplished something incredible. You will return home with a renewed assessment of yourself and your skills.
People, can be mean and scary. That dark, twisted lane, it can be the one right behind your house. The honest truth of the matter is, the psycho killer with bodies in his fridge can easily be your odd neighbor who occasionally offers you a creepy smile. If you have watched one too many disturbing murder shows, you can’t help but be a little paranoid of being alone. It is no real reason to cross traveling alone off your bucket list.
In reality the world around us is a beautiful place and is filled with lovely people. One of the best ways to discover it is, by setting off on a journey alone.
With all things said and done traveling alone is not everyone's cup of tea and so if and when you choose to do it remember to be super proud of yourself.