5 Rewarding Things You’ll Learn While Traveling Solo

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Enjoy a profound sense of freedom and liberation.

Ask anyone who’s ever traveled alone and they’ll tell you that there’s no better way to experience the world. Solo travelers enjoy a profound sense of freedom and liberation that you can’t get traveling in a group. It may sound daunting, but spending time alone is one of the most rewarding aspects of traveling. Not only will it broaden your worldview, but also you’ll gain a greater appreciation for other cultures and learn to connect with people in a deeper and more personal level.

Whether it’s a quick trip to your favorite weekend getaway or a yearlong round-the-world adventure, here are five things everyone learns traveling solo.

1. Making New Friends Back Home Is Much Easier

Solo traveling makes you more approachable and empathetic with people you meet. You’re more likely to ask for directions or help someone in need who may be lost in a new place, for instance. The experience of traveling alone also makes you feel comfortable introducing yourself to others, since you’ve had to do that so many times already while on the road. Not to mention, you’re more likely to strike up conversations with complete strangers and create meaningful bonds with them.

2. You Endear Yourself To Locals Much More As A Solo Traveler

There’s something about traveling solo that makes people want to open their door to you. As a solo traveler, I’ve met so many locals whom shared their heartwarming and personal stories with me or invited me to have a meal at their home with their family. The generosity and kindness of locals you meet on the road is one of the most rewarding aspects of traveling, which probably wouldn’t have happened if you were traveling with others.

3. The Freedom Of Exploration

Traveling without a companion is the best way to explore a destination in depth. You’re free to go wherever you want, whenever you want or change your itinerary at a moment’s notice without having the need to appease or consult your traveling buddy. No need to bicker about overpriced meals at restaurants, which hotel to stay at, or hearing complaints about the heat and bugs on a beautiful remote island when you’re in full awe of a beautiful sunset.

4. Gain A Deeper Appreciation Of Your Destination 

Solo travel forces you to pay attention to your surroundings and be fully immersed in a new place and thus get the most out of your traveling experience. You’re more likely to appreciate the beautiful minutiae that make a destination unique, which probably wouldn’t happen if you were chatting with a friend.

5. The Liberating Feeling Of Traveling To A Place Where No One Knows You

There’s something profoundly satisfying about traveling to a place where no ones knows you. For some folks, solo travel represents a therapeutic release from the stress of daily life back home. For others, it’s a way to have a new start in life, overcoming challenges along the way and the opportunity to grow as a person in new and meaningful ways.

Photos: Jerry Leon

Jerry Alonzo Leon

Contributor

Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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