A Solo Adventure – Quotes and Encouraging Facts About Traveling Alone
Welcome on board! Today’s topic – why should we put a solo adventure on our bucket-list! Here we go, please enjoy our journey. Traveling alone is seen either an exciting challenge or as a scary and intimidating venture. Or both at the same time! The biggest concerns are safety, money, and boredom. We are scared that something might happen or that we will get bored and have nothing to do, and our trip would be a major flop. Language barriers, or not knowing the roads and getting lost, getting really sick, of course, these are our top thoughts and fears when we try to consider a solo adventure. Of maybe, we are not brave enough to do it.
But I found some great benefits of solo travel and some great quotes to accompany them and I really want to share them with you.
Are you brave enough to be solivagant?
Why Should We Travel Solo At Least Once In Our Lifetime?
First of all, traveling by ourselves, and not with a group of friends or family, will push us out of our comfort zone like no other thing. We are used to traveling with other people, mostly our families or a group of friends, we rely on the idea of not being alone, not being on our own, having someone to “watch our backs”. But, going solo will help us discover things we don’t really know about ourselves – apparently, we are capable of things we never imagined when we’re doing something we’re not used to.
A solo trip means we have to think fast, to be our own leader and adviser – have to come up with solutions and ideas entirely on our own, boosting our initiative and strengthen our perceptions. Ah, and that awesome feeling we ‘d get when everything actually works out. We would get stronger and different out of this, for sure!
Being all alone, at some point, we will have to interact with other people, especially with the locals that know best the place we are visiting and exploring. It will help us discover how helpful and kind people actually can be (I’ve discovered this myself while traveling, with my family or friends. But it’s so true!). It’s actually great when you see how willing to help you they are even when you request a simple information – a recommendation for a place to visit or about the local area or some tips on where to eat or where to sleep.
It was Edith Wharton who said: “One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good and kind people there are”. We just have to know how to approach them and to be kind and polite, and they will give back kindness and precious information. Don’t trust strangers entirely, but be open and keep your eyes open too.
Pack light, get your essentials and go for it!
Another advantage of being on a solo voyage is that we can make plans and stick to them as we wish. There’s no one else to ruin our schedule, we won’t need to give up on something to please another member of our traveling group and it won’t be necessary to participate in something that doesn’t trigger our interest. If you’ve always wanted to try surfing or parasailing, or other things, but the ones you were traveling with weren’t into it, now is your chance! And also, solo travelers are far more likely to develop friendships with the locals or other tourists, because those who travel in groups are perceived as not so approachable.
One great thing we’ll get to explore on a trip like this is self-reflection. We’ll have plenty of time to share with just ourselves, to actually hear our thoughts. Yeah, it sounds silly, I know, but this is the perfect chance to find yourself, to find what you really like and who you really are. Like I’ve mentioned before, we can build independence, our confidence will grow and our self-esteem and trust can get bigger than ever.
Just like James Russell Lowell stated, an experience like this helps identify the real me or can help me find a new version of myself – “A wise man travels to discover himself”.
But let’s face it! Nowadays, with technology being our best friend, one find it much easier to go on trips. One map, one laptop or tablet, one smartphone (to keep you informed and connected), a selfie-stick and a great camera (to freeze the moments forever), that’s all we need.
With internet connection of WiFi spots, our laptop or tablet is serving as our know it all – guide – great digital maps, tips for places to see, finding our location and showing us where to go applications, social media interactions to keep our family and friends posted.
We have all we need with the push of a button and a click of a mouse. We just have to find the guts to do it. Earl Nightingale is agreeing with me with this motivational quote – “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination”. Sounds easy, right?
Nowadays, these two things can get you anywhere. #Technology
Since we’re on this topic, traveling means memories, and what best memories there are, if not photographies and daily journal entries? Back in the old days, they would call it a travel diary. Nowadays we call it Blog-Traveler. Fancy, huh? “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train” once said the great Oscar Wilde.
But that is old news. With the use of technology, diaries have been replaced with these online blogs and we can share your thoughts while riding the train or the airplane to our next destination. Not to mention, we can upload photos and write about our experiences in no time. And yes, we can take a picture of us without help from others. It’s called a selfie! 🙂
But wait…We have selfie-sticks now, remember?
Remember – always have back-up plans for back-up plans and enough money! And learn a few words in the local language and some local gestures, it will definitely help. You can always travel in a minivan or attach a trailer to your car – this can serve as your road-home, but you need to have a driver’s license and great driving skills. And lastly, enjoy yourself!
Admit it, an adventure with this awesome minivan seems amazing!
In case you need more courage and motivation:
If I didn’t convince you, now, I will let you read some awesome quotes about traveling alone or traveling in general, to help you make a decision. Summertime is around the corner, hot weather is awaiting, new places are expecting us to discover them. You got the tips,
1.”It’s just such a freeing thing to set these great challenges for yourself, to travel, to learn more about the world, to just go out there and get crazy and get free and get strong” – Angelina Jolie
2.”We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls” – Anais Nin
“3.”If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears” – Cesare Pavese
4.“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!” – Dr. Seuss
5.“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
6.“Little by little, one travels far” – J. R. R. Tolkien
7.“I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down” – Mitch Hedberg
8.“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again„ to slow time down and get taken in and fall in love once more” – Ray Bradbury
As for me, writing this post sounded fun, finding tips and quotes to give me courage. I’ll admit, this idea of traveling alone has come to my mind. I love traveling and discovering new places. But I’ve never been able to pick up on the idea of going on an adventure all by myself.
I know, thinking about it sounds awesome and exciting. Maybe it’s the fear of the unknown and its risks that are keeping me back, or maybe it’s because I found my group of traveling (we all get along, we all share the same ideas). But I’m clearly keeping Solo Traveling on my Bucket List. Maybe one day I’m gonna make it!
This view is amazing!