If you have been putting off that solo travel plan, it’s time to go ahead and do it. There are a host of reasons to persuade you to tick off a solo trip from your bucket list.
It’s always good to tag along with your bunch of people while traveling. For ages, we have all glorified luxury breaks and romantic travels. But have you ever thought of solo travel? The idea of being all by yourself in your own company could seem intimidating. However, this time will give you a chance to look within yourself. It will allow you to punch those fears and worries right in their face and give you a chance to step beyond them. It might make you uncomfortable in the beginning, but you will learn to walk sure-footed and own up to all the decision-making. Also, that “me-time” in a paradise alone would bring unfathomable bliss and joy.
Dr Kamna Chhibber, a clinical psychologist, Head of the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare helps us understand why you must give solo travel at least one chance.
1. Solo travel can lead to self-discovery
Spending some alone time in an exotic destination is a great way of re-discovering yourself and learning about parts of yourself that were earlier buried or hidden. You can always do some experimentation and find out the things and activities you liked or disliked by indulging in them.
2. It gives a boost of confidence
In the words of Dr Chhibber, “Travelling solo gives you the confidence to be able to do things independently”. There always exists the fear of the unknown for first-timers.
But, when we are aware that we are all on our own in a destination far away from home, we tend to try and make informed decisions. This, in turn, will boost your confidence when it comes to sound decision-making. So, next trip when you again decide to go solo, you really won’t have an eyelid at the thought of being alone in another destination.
3. Travelling solo can enhance problem-solving abilities
To this, Dr Chhibber adds, “Solo travel helps you find your own ways of being able to work through problems and situations that may be seemingly difficult”.
Problems or conundrums are inevitable when we fly off to an altogether unknown place. But as problems and unforeseen situations hit us, we also learn to navigate our way through them to emerge out better and stronger.
4. It’s a chance to trust ourselves
Many of us dwell for years in feelings of self-doubt about our own capabilities. Traveling alone helps us build that trust within ourselves and our skills and abilities. It also aids us in finding out ways to be able to further enhance them. Rather than going nuts all alone on a trip, you’ll learn to trust your intuition and gut feelings.
5. A solo trip will help you build new connections
You will meet new people who might offer you a fresh perspective towards life and help broaden your horizon. This might be your best chance at building connections and gain new and different experiences. Who knows you might get a friend for life. It’s also the best chance for introverts to learn to open up themselves.