Tuesday, 4 April 2017

11 REASONS TO TRAVEL SOLO



1. It's your way or the highway 
When you travel alone you can do what you want, when you want, how you want, why you want, with who you want. wherever and wherever you want - and it's total bliss. Although travelling with a companion can be a lot of fun, it's great that you don't have to accommodate for anyone else's needs. You can have a whole itinerary planned around what you would like to do, which mean you get exactly what you want out of a trip. Sometimes on a trip with someone else, you have to do things you wouldn't want to do given the choice, so on solo trips, it's nice to cut these out and spend your energy, money and time on the things you like doing. 
 
2. The only thing you have to carry is your case.  
When I go to a Spanish speaking country, I tend to have to interpret for everyone and speak for everyone when we go to public places. When I go with someone who isn't as chatty as I am, I end up having to ask all the questions and make all the effort with fellow travellers. When I go away with someone who doesn't travel often, I end up having to explain everything to them and sort out all of their bits and bobs. When I travel with someone who isn't as outgoing as I am or who is nervous, I end up having to hold back in order to make them more comfortable. In short, when you travel alone - you don't have to carry anyone else and you can just focus on yourself and your objectives.  
 
3. You can befriend your kind of people  
I have been on trips in the past where my friends have befriended that creepy guy at the bar that you can't get rid of, who I wouldn't have associated myself with personally. I'm sure I have made friends in the past that my friends wouldn't have befriended themselves too, and it can be rather tedious sitting there listening to drivel in order to be polite to your travel peers. That's the beauty of solo-travel - you get to be friends with exactly who you wish to spend your time with so the friendships you make will be far more meaningful, and true.  
 
4. You can wake up when you want 
In Iceland, I woke up at 5 am, every day because, I wanted to be ready for the day and the adventures the day had to offer, but I know if I was travelling with a travel buddy, they wouldn't have appreciated this one iota. I had to wait for someone all day to wake up in Barcelona once and it ruined the whole trip because I didn't want to venture too far in case they changed their mind. It works both ways too though because in other places I have wanted a lie in because, I'm not that fussed about being outside in cold countries and the person I was with didn't want to sleep in, and so woke me up. I like going by my own times and body clock so travelling alone is perfect for that.  
 
5. You literally don't have to do ANYTHING you don't want to 
I'm not sure if this is basically repeating point 1, but you really don't have to do anything you don't want to on a solo trip - No going outside for cigarettes with people that smoke, no being dragged around art galleries if that's not your thing, no going to parties you've been pressured into - literally no one is going to tell you what to do or even try and persuade you into doing something that you don't want to. 
 
6. You'll learn and grow 
You will learn so much about yourself on solo travels, I have learned some of my most profound lessons through travel, books, and dreams and anything that gifts you with lessons is worthwhile. You'll learn a lot about yourself; about your strengths and weaknesses, about how fabulous you are, how you strong and independent you are, whether or not the life you are leading aligns with who you are, and maybe you'll even learn that you love travelling alone so much that it's something you need to do far more often.  
 
7. You'll become your own best friend  
Travelling alone (and being alone in general) makes you realise just how much you like yourself. You'll think and make jokes that are fitted exactly to your sense of humour, you'll think about things that your brain is craving to think about and you will respect and appreciate yourself for looking after and navigating you exactly how you desire to do so, and in turn you'll become reliant on number one, and number one only. Being reliant on yourself is one of the most powerful powers you could possess - no one can fuck with you because you don't need them. No one can fuck with you because you don't have time to sit around and blame them or question their actions. You're too absorbed in doing what you're here to do - and that's being you!  
 
8. Food Choices, Baby! 
When I travel, I love visiting new vegan places. I think if I am going to eat out anyway, I may as well take my money to a good cause and put it towards something that aligns with my own personal beliefs. It's in these places I usually pick up new recipes and ideas for things I want to recreate and I'm always blown away by interesting and new ideas in these places. Whether you're vegan, veggie or a stuff it all in kind of a person - it is unlikely your travel companion is going to want to eat the same thing as you all of the time, but with solo travel, you cut that problem out, you can eat whatever you want, wherever you want and it is b-e-a-utiful.  
 
9. You'll save money 
I don't know if I'm just a mug or it's the people I've chosen to travel with, but I am ALWAYS that person who everyone says 'Can you put it on your card and I'll transfer you the money?' or 'Can you get this and I'll get the next one?' and I actually learned from travelling alone that this will occur NO MORE. Money that gets transferred back is always a little shorter, which all adds up, the interest is always charged to me and more often than not people 'forget' to return the favour or give you the money. I have seriously had enough of this and it excites me that in future solo travels I will only have to cover my own ass. I also find I spend more on other trips because I have to go on additional excursions to please others that I wouldn't usually do, as I touched on earlier. Also, if you're someone who eats or drinks less than someone else, you'll save money alone too as you won't be dragged to the extra places.  
 
10. You'll make memories with the most important person in your life - you. 
Break-ups, distance and death can take the people with the memories away from you, but no one can take these memories from you. They're all yours, to be remembered exactly how you have percieved them with no one elses two sense to warp it. It's an amazing thing to build memories alone as those memories are uniquely yours and as you aren't with anyone to influence them - they won't change. Like with any relationship, memory making is a key part of the bonding process - and what better than a beautiful relationship with yourself.  
 
11. You'll feel a true sense of freedom. 
I've been in the possessive relationships, I've had the situations that I cannot control that trap you and I have had to stick to a lifestyle I didn't love out of loyalty. I don't need that shit anymore and neither do you. Freedom is our greatest gift, our birth right and without it, you can never, ever truly be happy,, because happiness is a choice. There is no better feeling than that of complete freedom and you can really feel it when you're wandering around a foreign country without a care in the world... 
 
Peace out Potatoes xo
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