Travelling alone is an eye-opening, yet rewarding, challenge in life.

There are no excuses with solo travel. No one to look at shifting responsibility to, no one to blame if something goes wrong.

Adversely, there’s no-one to cloud your judgement. No-one to persuade you into doing something else. No one to take you away from what you want to do.

You may have been considering travelling alone, but you’ve put it off because of the fear of being a one-person band. If I’ve described you, then read on to find out why solo travel is the best challenge you can take on.



Solo travel forces you out of your comfort zone

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The magic happens outside your comfort zone.

The further you stray out of it, the more your boundaries of comfort will grow. Any self-development book in the world will tell you special stuff happens when you’re pushed past such boundaries.

New people, experiences and places have that effect, so it’s worth embracing wherever you can.


It forces you to take responsibility

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Travelling alone means it’s all on you.

You’re not shifting blame or responsibility on this trip. But it also allows you to claim your journey, the physical and metaphorical, to make it your own. There are no external pressures to do something you don’t want to.

Plan your path and see the things you want to see.


Travelling alone allows you the freedom to be you

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Independence is compulsory when travelling alone.

This independence you gain is not just from your initial environment, but independence from plans.

There’s the ultimate freedom from any and all shackles. If you want to spend an extra day somewhere, you can. If your itinerary needs to change as you’ve met people you vibe with, you can make that decision.

The freedom of solo travel is liberating and even life-changing.


Solo travel forces self-sufficiency

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When you’re on the road solo, you have to ensure you’ve got the essentials.

No-one will spoon-feed you and tell you when you need to put on sunscreen. You’re forced to become self-sufficient to survive. You’ll miss your connecting flight if you don’t.

As soon as you start claiming responsibility and accept the fact that life happens for you and not to you, you’ll seize control of direction in life.


It improves your ability to make friends and engage better in social scenarios

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You’ll make friends with others who are travelling alone, who share an understanding of what you’re going through.

They’re as desperate to make friends with you, as you are with them. Your conversational abilities will improve, as will your empathy and understanding.

Ironically, by travelling alone, you’ll find a community larger than ever before.


You’ll create unique memories special to you

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By travelling alone, you’ll leave your own unique, indelible mark somewhere, whilst it leaves its own mark in your mind.

These memories are yours, and yours alone. These stories are yours to tell.

The individuality behind them is special enough and will live with you forever, so you’ll never be short of unique stories to tell.


Travelling alone will allow you to form your own, unfiltered, world view

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No-one is clouding your judgement.

No biases or pressure, with no-one to sway your own beliefs and opinions. Travel can make people global citizens, where you’ll form your own accepting beliefs with the people you meet and the experience you have. It’s very easy to get lost in the opinion of friends, and these opinions can accidentally shape yours.

By solo travelling, you’re allowing your mind to make its own decision.


Yes, solo travel will allow you to ‘find yourself’

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Finding yourself may sound cheesy, but it’s true.

The above points combine to show you who you are and what you believe. The culmination of it all can generate a “eureka” moment. You may arrive to a point of discovery of what drives you, or it can create a steady change in your life that you may not even realise is happening.

But travelling alone will allow you to see who you really are.


Don’t get me wrong, travelling alone is a challenge. You’ll encounter speed bumps (and the odd Thailand moped crash), but how you deal with them will define you.

Once you clear them, you’ll find some of the most incredible moments of your life waiting for you around the corner.


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