As quoted by India Today on 5th November 2016
When I started travelling alone, I believed I would learn a lot. About life, about people, culture, local experiences etcetera. I did learn a lot. Only about myself.
For solo travel isn’t about soul searching like the romantics have you believe – its about pushing your own limits. There is no one to blame, no one to rely on, no one to look back to – you are truly alone. So venture out on a solo trip if you are curious about yourself. If you are ready to test your limits. And it has some amazing rewards.
- Decide yourself – When alone, you must take each tiny decision on your own – where to stop for a photo, where to have a plate of maggi and so on. It can be tedious at first, though gets liberating after a while and you learn to listen to your senses.
- Test yourself – on a solo trip you have to fulfill your own needs and desires. For instance, how to decide if you can climb a mountain? No better way than to just do it!
- Listen to yourself – we surround ourselves with white noise – our cellphones, friends, people constantly chattering around us. When you are alone, those voices shall cease and you will be able to listen to yourself. Truly comprehend what your mind and body communicate.
- Rely on yourself – No ones going to help you make plans, book tours, figure out itineraries. You have to do all the groundwork too! And the best part is there is no one to blame but your-self if there is a goof-up!
- Find yourself – solo travel makes you realize the type of person you are. For instance, are you the person who gets drunk even though there’s no one to take you home? Or sky-dive without informing your family? You’ll find out a lot more about yourself!
- Talk to yourself – how many days can you go without talking to people you know? On solo trips you have the luxury to converse with yourself. Or better yet, observe the world as it passes you by.
- Talk to strangers – Its liberating not to explain yourself. Even more liberating to share snippets of your life with complete strangers.
- Be selfish – Solo trips are designed to be all about you. So do what you want. Be swayed by your moods. Get off the tour bus if a place catches your fancy.
- Be frugal (or go berserk!)– No one is judging you for staying at a seedy hotel and splurging on that new watch! Explore a place the way you want and spend the way you want.
- Truly wander – you’ve travelled alone for work many a times, though during those times you’ve been driven by a purpose. On a solo trip you are left to wander to your hearts content – there are no itineraries to be driven by, no ones wished to adhere to but your own. Remember, all those who wander are not lost!