If you want to grow as a person, travelling abroad may be the best catalyst. Try it yourself and you’ll see how it will change your life on so many levels. You may also meet other fellow travelers, who might be among the most interesting people you have met.
Although it sounds like a paradox, exploring the world on your own will make you grow as a person. Of course, it may feel lonely sometimes, but you will meet new people and it will make you a better person. Here are 9 reasons why you should travel alone at least once in your life:
Travelling alone will help you be independent, solve problems for yourself, do things on your own, navigate on your own and essentially become your own best friend.
- You’ll meet more people
Travelling alone will force you to talk to other people more, which will result in meeting interesting characters and leaving your comfort zone. Both things are vital for personal growth.
- You become a better conversationalist
As you meet new people and talk to them a lot when travelling alone, you will surely improve your conversational skills. No one can help you duringa conversation when you’re alone – it is completely up to you. As you meet more and more people, your conversations should become better over time.
- You’ll get comfortable by being uncomfortable
You are never in your comfort zone when travelling alone, but you will get used to the excitement and adventure quickly. If you’re facing inner resistance, push through it and you will see that life begins at the end of the comfort zone. This is why solo travelling is ideal for personal growth.
- Flexibility, freedom and spontaneity
You are in complete control of everything that happens to you when travelling solo. There’s no one to consult with and no consensus on things – you just do what you feel. This gives you complete flexibility, great freedom and the opportunity to be spontaneous.
- You put yourself first
Travelling alone will give you an opportunity to do whatever you feel like and follow your own decisions. It will also help you grow as a person and work on personal projects while travelling around the world. This will result in putting yourself first without worrying of hurting someone else’s feelings, and will help you evolve into a better person. It’s not selfish – it will actually expand your capacity to give others.
- You get to know yourself
You will be surprised about how much you will learn about yourself when travelling alone. You’ll become more aware and in tune with your tendencies and emotions, which is always a good thing.
- The lone wolf aura
There’s something very attractive about confident and brave people who aren’t afraid of doing things on their own. This “lone wolf aura” gets activated when travelling alone, so make sure to do it at least once in your life to become independent.
- It’s a pilgrimage
When travelling alone, you’re the star of your own movie. The main component of a hero’s journey is pilgrimage – Jesus went to Asia for years for his spiritual practices, while Buddha meditated alone under trees. There’s always a form of pilgrimage behind a hero’s journey. However, there are no rites of passage in the modern world, which makes the process difficult. But, travelling abroad alone with a backpack is a kind of pilgrimage – people are becoming more and more interested in travelling and exploring the world on their own, completely free of any rules. This is a modern type of pilgrimage which will help you grow and become independent.