Solo travel is an incredible experience and I’m so glad I finally got the nerve to try it. It was life changing! Find out why you should travel alone and what made me decide to do it!
Why You Should Travel Alone
When I had the opportunity to take three whole months off work, I felt the pressure to do something incredible with this gift of time.
I’d been focusing on my career since I was 19 and if I didn’t take a break now, I’d never get a chance. The clock was ticking.
The only problem is that while none of my friends were working (2008 bad economy) no one wanted to go traveling with me. No one else seemed to see this massive opportunity available at the time: no work, some money, all the time in the world.
What was I going to do? I had to go somewhere.
I made a promise to myself in 2004 that if I ever left my company I would take three months off to travel and here I was with the days counting down until I had to return to work.
I wanted to go somewhere exotic and tropical – somewhere completely different than anything I knew. Egypt, Thailand, Peru- these were all countries that came into my mind.
But nobody wanted to go with me.
While many of my friends entertained my ideas, no one actually took me seriously.
If I was going to do this, I couldn’t depend on anyone else. It was up to me to make my dreams happen and waiting on people would just leave me high and dry.
It finally occurred to me that the previous year I had gone on a packaged tour with my grandmother in Europe. I remembered that there were a few people on that tour that were traveling alone. Could I be that person? Could I travel alone?
I didn’t know anything about solo travel or backpacking at that point, but the comfort of a tour sounded like the next best thing than not traveling at all.
I was going to do it.
I found the perfect solution: a 17 day Yoga and Spirituality tour through India. It was perfect! It was everything I needed and wanted.
What happened on that tour was life changing and needless to say my life has never been the same ever again. You can read about it here. I’ve now been traveling for over eight years and found a new purpose in life that far surpassed my previous life goals of having a successful career.
My goal in life now is to LIVE.
I’ve never been one to wait for things to happen to me, you’re the only one in control of your life. Whether it’s travel, a job, a relationship, or whatever your dream may be – ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Do you have any tips on why you should travel alone? Share your thoughts in the comment!