Palm trees blue sky

This time next week, I’ll be waking up in a land far, far away. I would have endured a 14-hour flight to start a short adventure on my first solo trip. And you know what, I am excited, no, ecstatic. I’m buzzing and counting down the days. Although to be honest, my to do list is looking extremely loose. I’ve prepared the most important things.

I prepared myself mentality even before searching and getting the most reasonable flights through Skyscanner. And about a month ago, I booked my villas through Booking.com. It’s a special trip, so I thought I deserved a little pampering. We all deserve it occasionally. I definitely thought I did, as my finance have begun to stabilise after a year of multiple holidays with no income, only outcome. Yet, I’ve somehow managed to settle my finance (I’ll soon write a post about it).

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” — Henry David Thoreau

 

Unfortunately, not everyone that I told about my trip has been as excited for me as I am. The reactions have been a mixed bowl, from surprise to shock, to worry, to confused, to praise. They’ve given a range of different reactions. However, my answers to their questions were all the same. These were my top reasons why I decided that I needed to take a solo trip.

1.Unrestrained

Not restrained

 

I didn’t have to bargain about anyone for where I wanted to go.  If I wanted to travel far, I could. Stay close? That wouldn’t be a problem either.  I didn’t have to justify myself to anyone else, but myself. I didn’t have to go back and forth about a location because someone else had visited the place, or somewhere similar.

2. Worry only about my schedule

The planning of my trip was far easier. The only person’s schedule that I had to think about was my own. I didn’t have to worry about anyone else’s but my own. This meant that I had a lot more freedom in choosing dates – dates that were convenient for me. This also meant that I could be as spontaneous as I wanted or as cautious as I wanted.

3. A more realistic budget

This was important to me – is important to me. I’m the kind of person that believe that just because you have the money, doesn’t mean you should spend it recklessly. So when thinking of budgets and planning of how much I’ll need for things, I found it to be more realistic.

4. Go at my pace

go at your own pace

Right now, there is not a lot on my to-do list. But that’s fine, for now. I’m not forced to add anything that I don’t want to do. I can add as many things as I want, or as little as I want. There is no unwanted input. In addition, even if the input is wanted, I do not need to bargain with anyone to do something just to be considerate.

5. Space aka Me time

Take a book and get lost in the words

As what I would like to call an introverted extrovert, I like my own space. I like it a lot actually. I enjoy time to myself. I’ve never been afraid of my own shadow. I like it so much that sometimes I have to remind myself that I actually have friends, and are not all like me. However, even for the most extroverted individuals, some alone time would do well.

6. Probably make new friends – or more willing to

Make new friends

No shade to my friends, but I think as I grow both in age and as a person, it’s important that I make new friends, even if for just a short time. However, at the time, if I choose not to, that should be fine as well. If I did travel with others, we’ll all be locked in our bubble that we’ll be less willing to make an effort to make friends. Yet, if I’m alone, it will be the opposite.

7. Boost confidence

I think going to a place where you’re the stranger, the alien, and know nothing about, is one of the bravest things. Well at least it is for me (although it’s not the bravest). However, we as humans are social creatures, even the most introverted ones. To travel to a new place can boost one’s confidence to approach new things.

8. Conquer fears

Not many people would admit to it, but being lonely is a great fear for them. Bear in mind that being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely. Therefore, I think by actually travelling alone, it makes it easier to differ between the two.

9. Gain a new perspective without other bias

Experience new things with only your eyes

I feel this may be one of the most important reasons of all. There is nothing wrong with travelling with others. Heck, that’s all I’ve done. However, at the same, when you travel to another place, those around you influence your perspective. You can’t help it. So if you are able to experience a new place through only your eyes, then it’s the purest view.

 

Do you have any solo travel tips? Comment below

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