When you are in your late 20s, all your girlfriends are settled in relationships and you are chasing your career dreams and working hard without much time to allow for socialising as a whole, finding a travel companion to go and explore the world with may not be the easiest thing to do. So when you’re snuggled up under your duvet in the cold winter dreaming of sunny beaches, the salty fresh air, the taste of food you never tried before and connecting with people who have yet to cross your path, don’t be discouraged that by the fact you are probably going to be doing it on your own, because you will slowly realise that travelling solo is one of the most eye-opening and rewarding adventures you will ever experience.
I set off on 28th December last year with my first destination being Sydney and then travel up the East Coast all the way to Cairns, where I would then fly to Bali and spend the rest of my holiday exploring the island. Everyone kept asking me how I felt before my big trip and I couldn’t deny being a bit apprehensive about what was to come. The unknown is always a little scary and the thought of being alone on the other side of the world can make your knees a bit shaky.
Nonetheless, since the moment I step foot on that plane all the worries and doubts disappeared and I felt ready. As I know there are many of you out there that are thinking about solo travelling but are hesitant and cannot brave it to buy those flights. Here are 5 reasons why you should go for it:
ULTIMATE FREEDOM – Have you ever been on a lads or girls holiday and experienced that situation where you really wanted to do something but had to miss out on it and compromise with what everyone else wants to do? You can forget about that happening when travelling solo as you decide what you want to do and when you want to do it and the only compromise you will have to make is with your budget. You want to have ice cream for breakfast, go skinny dipping and camp on the beach? Go for it!
- TRAVEL WITHIN YOURSELF – When travelling, it might feel like you are covering a lot of mileage in a short period of time by constantly being on the move. However, you are not only visiting actual places outside of you, but you will also discover new places inside of you that you never visited before. Travelling solo is a journey to self discovery: what you like and dislike, where your weaknesses lie and what your strengths are, how you cope in different situations and, most importantly, what your favourite Australian animal is.
- YOU NEVER WALK ALONE – Remember all those doubts about travelling solo we mentioned at the start? When you do actually get yourself out there you will realise that you are never really alone. You will meet so many people which are travelling with friends, partners or solo, just like you, and everyone is out there to make friends, learn new stories and make new memories. You might even like someone that much, you decide to travel for part of your journey with them!
- GROW IN CONFIDENCE – As you go on with your travelling you will have moments when you sit back and think “I can totally do this!”. The confidence in your abilities will grow and you will learn to see that the world is not that scary after all.
- MEMORIES – It will sound cliche, but travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer and that is because of the memories which are going to stay with you for a lifetime. The friends I have made along the way I will always treasure, I will remember how they made me feel, what they shared with me and what beautiful moments we lived together. The same goes for what I saw: the white sandy beaches, the crystal clear water, the wise trees, the huge and scary lizards, the elegant manta rays, the colourful Hindu temples, the waves smashing against the rocks and, my favourite memory, waking up on the deck of a catamaran in the middle of the ocean and looking at vastness of the peaceful water as it got stroked by the first rays of sunshine.
So tell me, where is your next adventure going to be?