Special Note: I do love traveling with other people. In fact my best travel memories have been with people. However, I go on solo trips because I truly think of it as a spiritual cleansing for the soul. It’s like spring cleaning up in there, because the second I board that plane, I mentally leave behind all my worries and responsibilities.
Without further ado, here are three reasons why I like traveling solo:
1. I can slow the F down.
…and I mean unpacking every single item from my luggage and putting them in drawers, getting to know the neighborhood that i’m in, sleeping-in-til-11-a.m-if-I-want-to-kinda-slow. I am running on my own goddamn schedule for once, so I make it an absolute priority to experience what it’s like to live like a local. Traveling solo affords me the luxury of dictating exactly what I want to do, whenever I want to do it.
It may mortify some people, but I am literally the chillest traveler and don’t feel the need to go everywhere and see everything (except the “Top 10 things To Do” list on Trip Advisor… haha!).
2. I get to reconnect with myself.
When i’m solo traveling, I feel very detached from the usual voices that follow me in my day-to-day life: bosses telling me what to do, teachers telling me what to think, family, friends, and even my own mental voice reciting a to-do list!
I can actually listen and get a feel of my own mental state without worrying about what others might think. I get to experience the unadulterated version of myself because i’m detached from my ego.
3. I get to see life from a different perspective.
…and this knowledge is truly invaluable. I think that new perspectives can be gained easier by traveling solo because you’re not with people who reinforce what you already know, and you have no choice but to assimilate with the new culture.
The main take away from my solo travels boils down to this: a renewed perspective on life. Understanding other people’s way of life allows me to question what “normal” really is. I mean, it’s normal for teenagers in Paris not to have Facebook. It’s normal for their employees to get 5 weeks off. It’s normal to sit for hours at a park. Understanding that there are many ways to live a life is crucial to happiness. It’s okay to want something more than what you’ve been told is “normal”.
I hope you’ve found these insights helpful!