Straying Away From the Flock: Travelling Alone
Imagine yourself working in an office 8 to 10 hours a day, 5 days a week for a year. You might find yourself banging your head one day on your wall thinking how fast everything went. Not only does this sound boring and dull, it can also weigh you down because you spent your whole year just working.
In a professional’s busy and fast paced life, there is a time when you just want to spend a day at a secluded beach, sipping a Margarita with your shades on while the sun is kissing your skin. The moment you find yourself dreaming about this is the time that you need to step back and push the reset button.
Travelling alone is not uncommon. It is a unique experience and is a rewarding experience despite of few drawbacks. The best part of travelling solo is that you are the boss of everything. Time, money, wherever and whenever you want to go, you can plan everything according to what you want. It’s entirely up to you.
Making friends with the locals is also easier and interacting with them on a personal level will be much easier since you don’t have a companion or a friend to talk to. You will also be flexible since coping solo on travel setbacks is easier than being in a large group of people which often leads to complications. Solo travel is a fun and refreshing way of connecting to people, the locals and nature. It is a great outlet to release all pent-up stress related to work and personal. It is a time where you can reflect on your life and best of all, you only have to please yourself.
Travelling alone can be so much fun and rewarding. However, there are some things you need to take note when you decided to embark a journey on your own. Travel involves a lot of waiting and boredom and there’s no one you can vent and help pass the time. It can also a bit more expensive since there is no one to share costs with such as room accommodations and side trips on your travel. You should also be extra careful on everything you have since there is no one to watch your back as you buy your train ticket.
When travelling alone, pack as light as possible. Remember that you are alone and all of your things will be carried by none other than you. Instead of buses, ride intercity trains. You can move easily and mingle with the locals if you do this. Most locals in long distance trains bring their own food. Bring an extra food just in case to share with new found friends or if you simply want to enjoy their company.
Fan of fancy hotels? How about hostels? It is relatively cheaper and is often filled with solo travelers which are also looking to make friends or simply enjoy a beer. If you want to start a conversation to locals say for example, you’re visiting Japan, have some time to research about their culture and customs. This way, it will be easier for you to start a conversation and make a connection.
Travelling alone doesn’t have to be boring. It can be as fun as you want it to be. Imagination is your limit! But always remember that planning, research and safety are the three important words aside from fun! Take this opportunity to reflect, enjoy yourself and enjoy life. After all, you only live once!
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