don’t get me wrong. i love traveling with people too. and most people probably do. but what is maybe less common is traveling alone, so here’s seven reason why i like doing that every once in a while:
1. you have time to think.
to be honest, this sounds like a stupid point, but IT’S NOT. i’m 100% sure that people don’t take enough time in their everyday lives to just think. it’s so easy to get distracted by unimportant s***.
traveling alone will give you time doing some thinking. i’m convinced you will reach some important thoughts and conclusion about your life.
2. you become more open to impressions.
this ties back to point 1 a little bit. i find it hard sometimes to really, fully, appreciate a scenery if i’m for example with a big group. i don’t mean that you’ll appreciate that ibiza nightclub more alone than with your friends—but rather nature, and all its colors and sounds and silences. it gets lost SO easily.
3. no compromising.
you do whatever the hell you want! no compromising. i get FOMO really easily, so being alone and deciding exactly where to go when is perfect. in chicago for example, i only had a few days. i hung out with an amazing group, but they wanted to do something totally different form me, and i knew i was gonna regret it if i didn’t go, so i just went off on my own. (and totally met up with them later!) so good.
4. you get braver.
this is like one of my most important points here. YOU GET BRAVER. traveling around the world (or even outside of your city) alone is fun and amazing, but you’re eventually gonna run into something that’s hard or scary. and you’ll just HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. and you will. and that’s how you get braver as a person.
5. you will meet more new people.
of course it’s easy to meet people if you’re out partying with a big group too, but i definitely believe that you (consciously or not) close yourself off more if you’re with one person. even if it’s not the intention, speaking your own language with the person you’re with is not always gonna be inviting and easy for others to approach you. being alone can often be, at least if you’re meeting other people who travel, an invitation for others to talk to you. you’re approachable in a whole other way.
6. life’s gonna take you to unexpected places.
at least when i travel with people, i usually make up more plans that we tend to stick to. i mean, i’m really a planning freak on trips and i do this when i’m alone too, but it’s 200% easier to change plans if it only involves you. when you meet new people (see point 5), they’re gonna drag you off to adventures you never thought would happen. and instead of compromising and back-and-forthing with you travel company, you can just let life take you wherever it means to.
7. you grow as a person.
it’s basically what all these points sum up. you will, inevitably, grow as a person if you travel alone. you will deal with all the tricky stuff, but also the amazing things, on your own. you will meet people, you will have meaningful conversations, you will go through mishaps and fantastic encounters, and you will have time to reflect on it without being distracted by what your traveling company wants to eat for lunch or about the gossip from back home. YOU GROW AS A PERSON. and that’s what life is all about.
sju anledningar till att resa själv:
1. man har tid att tänka.
2. man blir öppnare för intryck.
3. man behöver inte kompromissa.
4. man blir modigare.
5. man träffar mer folk.
6. livet kommer ta en till oväntade platser.
7. man växer som människa.