Here it is: goodbye sweet October and hello rainy November! What better way to start the month than having a post about travelling the world?! It's #traveltuesday and I was thinking about the reasons why one would choose to travel even being alone. I know some people who wouldn't get out of the house if they don't have company... I'm of another sort... the one that would travel anytime at any given moment - no matter if by myself or with family or friends. I said it before and I will say this time after time, again and again: travelling, memories and feelings are the only things that we can take with us. You won't be able to take your Ferrari or iPhone to the grave with you (I mean you can, like the pharaohs... but what's the point?!) but you will be able to take the love from the memories you gathered with the ones you love and doing the things that you love.
But without any further ado let me tell you my thoughts why you should try to travel alone at least one time in your life!
1. It's a challenge for yourself - it will test your limits as you will be made to think outside of the box and step out of your comfort zone. Maybe you are shy and you have issues talking to people... well you may get lost once and you will have to ask someone else for help, for direction ;)
2. You will make new friends - especially if you will live in a hostel/motel/hotel/guest house. There will surely be people like you who will want to discover the city and you can always tag along and do that together. The best ways of making friends is by joining a tour of a popular destination (let us say something like Wieliczka or Auschwitz for Krakow) or by joining a Free Walking Tour of the city you are in.
3. Practicing the language - if you go abroad on your own you will most likely be forced into conversation when buying/ordering something and you won't stress about your friends and family hearing your language mistakes but at the same time you will do your best to be understood correctly.
4. Logistics reasons... tickets are easier and quicker to book, you don't depend on anyone, you don't need to wait for anyone and you can be your own master. Plus if you get stranded somewhere it is easier to get a fast ticket for the plane - 1 instead of 2 or 3...
5. Finding your inner self - it's a good time to focus on your needs and wishes. It's a perfect time to pamper yourself and treat yourself to the thing you usually don't... sleeping late, having an extra slice of cake, maybe a glass of wine under the Eiffel Tour or a very long relaxing walk in the Versailles garden... heaven for your heart :)
6. Freedom learning - you will see that with freedom comes also responsibility. And that is not always a bad thing ;) it allows one to be more certain of himself. You will learn more about yourself bering alone with your thoughts than in a year surrounded by others. You will learn that you need to care about your things, check (double check and triple check!) the plane tickets, be there in time, learn how to pack (what you definitely should not take in your hand luggage!) and how to behave in a public place (never yell BOMB!!!).
7. Home is where your heart is - you will learn like myself that the world is actually a very big place and that you might feel at home thousand of miles away from your birthplace/homeland. Home is actually where our heart is and when our hearts is in love with the world... well... you do the math! ;)
Overall I believe that everyone should travel alone, in a different country, at least once in their lifetime. Don't stress about it, just take baby steps... one at a time! You might find out that you enjoy it or that it is not your thing... but you should do it at least once. You should make that a part of your #bucketlist - step out of your comfort zone and you will be proud of what you will discover you can do on your own. Be brave!
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves To Travel And Discover New Places