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Perhaps your partner thinks that it would be selfish for you to travel without them. Your parents are worried about you, your friends are busy and the media tells you the world is a scary place. You think to yourself about sitting in some strange location, away from every nook of your comfort zone. Sounds familiar? It is a tragedy that solo travel is painted with connotations of risk and boredom. In my experience, travelling alone is none of these things. It is an adventure with unprecedented flexibility. This is why I would like to debunk some common myths of travelling alone.
Solo Travel Implies Loneliness
Who wants to be alone in exotic locations? This myth is wrong on so many levels. Not only are we never alone in the digital age, the fact that we are never alone is not balanced by any alone time. The act of travelling alone is a therapy in and of itself and can easily be put on hold by communicating with others if pangs of loneliness enter your heart. Additionally, there are numerous other solo travellers and people in the locations you visit. You will undoubtedly make some interesting friends and share worlds with someone new. I have rarely felt alone in my solo travels due to this.
Solo Travel Is Only For Singles
People often feel that only single people have the freedom to travel and individuals with commitments who are off on solo adventures are either shirking responsibility or hiding from a problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is clear that people in realtionships do travel independently (https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/solo-traveling-in-a-relationship/) . It could be due to time constraints, previous commitments, different interests or even a desire to discover the self. A relationship, as a union between two entities has the potential of subserving two identities into one compound. A breather to discover the element that created the compound is something which is lacking in the fast paced modern existence.
You have to be brave to travel alone?
This is something that a local hermit says to the solo traveller to massage the travellers ego while simultaneously giving a reason why they could never do it. Everyone fears leaving their comfort zone, it is in our nature. However entire spectrums of experience exist around you and if you are interested in really seeing the world, this fear must be overcome. Locals often speak English, Google Maps exists now, translation apps and cell phone connectivity have made this task so much easier than before, truly if you let fear stop you, there isn’t a good enough excuse to justify it. The hardest part is getting on that plane, train or bus.
Introverts Cant Travel Alone
Whether you watch TV in bars, listen to music in public places or get paralyzed in front of enigmatic personalities, the experience while travelling is radically different. Everyone you meet is someone who is new, someone who you will probably never meet again and thus is someone with whom there is no accountability and you can truly be yourself. It is a refreshing mirror into what kind of life you would like for yourself. Simply asking questions about where a person is from can lead you to interesting conversations and an enjoyable experience.
It is dangerous to travel alone.
This myth persists despite crime being concentrated in urban metropolitan cities. In fact, if you practice common sense and do not overdo your fun, everything will be fine. You can take extra precautions by asking the locals what to watch out for, reigning in your temper during altercations, carefully watching out for signs and managing time properly.
Solo Travelling is huge life changing deicison
Although stories of people selling everything they own to travel exist, they are the exception and not the rule. It can be a weekend trip to a new city or a short course in paragliding near a range of hills. Every excursion will give you more confidence and help you experience the world.
Travelling alone has a variety of benefits, you are more endeared to locals, you can say yes to anything and have truly unique experiences. Try it, you may find that your preconceived notions were quite wrong.