11 Reasons you should travel the world alone

Have you ever wanted to travel to an amazing destination, or perhaps pack your bag and see the wonderful sights of the world for six months or more. For many, people this is the case. However some of us of have fear to do so, the world can be a scary place! Perhaps you don’t have anyone to travel with or no  one wants to go to your chosen country. But let me assure you this should not hold you back. While I have travelled with people and also in groups at times, most of all my travel I did alone, starting at 18 with nothing but a backpack. This time period of traveling myself for a few years, is the best thing I have ever done. And these are the reasons you should do so. ..

1.Freedom

One of the best things to experience in life is nothing, utter freedom. Traveling alone you have no responsibilities and your free to go wherever you want to rome. You could be in Asia one day and the next randomly book a flight to Europe. You can go with the flow, and the best thing is you find a place you want to stay for longer you can do so. For the first time in life you don’t have to worry about people in your daily life, and for a time this is freshening.

2.The people

Meeting friends and even partners on the road, is what makes traveling alone amazing. Normally if you traveling with friends, your most likely to just hang with them. But when your alone you don’t have this, your forced to talk to strangers and meet people from all walks of life. This will not only open your mind, but you will discover you can be friends with people you didn’t even know exist. You will meet countless people over your travels that will blow your away, some you will ever see again but other you will be life long friends with .

3. You learn there truly are lovely people in the world

Traveling in general can place you some very random circumstances, and without a friends to depend on sometimes you need to seek the help of a stranger. Whether it’s being lost in a country, serve sickness or just finding a place to stay at night. You will learn there are some many lovely people in the world willing to help if you just ask. You find that instead of the world being scary, there are amazing people everywhere and most don’t expect anything in return if you ask for help.

4. You boost your self-confidence

Even if you have self-confidence before you leave for traveling, you find something greater from solo travel. After doing many things, maybe you didn’t even know it was possible for you to achieve. From trekking a mountain and pushing yourself into new things, you learn how to be comfortable with your decisions and learn to trust your them without anyone’s approval.  You will also gain a feeling of great self-achievement that no one helped you gain but your determination and that is bliss.

5. You gain a new insight into the world

Traveling in general opens people’s mind, but its really when you get to spend the time in new places and meet new people alone that you mind opens. You have time to explore new ideas and understand these new findings. You will find yourself questioning views that you had on the world, and be so happy that maybe they have changed for the better.

6. You will learn how to budget and stick to it

Budgeting can be a learn curve for anyone, but when you travel alone, there is no pressure to spend your money in a way that you may not want. Perhaps your friend wants to do an activity your not to fussed about, but when traveling with them you feel the need too. There is some about saving all your money into a bank account, and discovering how you like to spend it. No one is there telling you to live a certain way and in turn you can do whatever you want. Traveling alone not alone helps you not only to budget while overseas but also while at home, saving for something.

7. You will to appreciate what you have back home

Being alone away from your normal friends, family and life really makes you value what you have back home. Sometimes you need to step out of your world to see, that what you have this truly is awesome. That your good friends will support you whatever you choose to do in life. You may see that people don’t live as well as you, for many of us having food, a house, and safety is something we overlook all the time. Also being away from things this really teach you how to value the time you have with them or the things you have.

8. You will learn to live in the moment fully

Seeing things that take your breath away everyday and from all the goodbye’s for the awesome people you meet makes you really live life. You learn that life is short and that you must grasps everything that comes your way. Whether its enjoying a meal, or taking the time to listen people properly. Everything that comes your way you will embrace and ensure that you are happy with everything in your life.

9. You will gain a endless lists of life skills

From all your experiences you will come back with a skill set you never had before. Whether is being able to ask a stranger any question you want, from improving your cooking, to being able to accept everything that the world throws at you. There is too many things to list, but every solo travel comes back with skills they didn’t have before. Mine personally is my ability to speak more then three languages fluently.

10. You will fall in love

Travel romance is also bound to happen when you travel alone, and although that love may only last a few days, weeks or months you will discover a different kind of love. Meeting someone traveling, takes you away from all the social norms of when you fall in love at home. Maybe after only knowing someone for a fews days, they change your world. And even its ends, you will be happy that you got you spend your time with an amazing person. As it’s said “its better to be loved, then have no love at all. “

11. Even when your traveling alone, your never really alone.

From all the movement, that you do and all the people that you will meet, you never really are alone. There will always be someone to hang with, to do things with. Some much in fact sometimes it can be to much, and may need to seek out doing somethings alone. You will meet people that you will visit at later dates, from after all the world is a small place.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

8 Things People dont tell you after you travel

There are all types of people in the world, but there are a large group of humans, that fight against the norm and packed their lives into a bag for a large period of time, or perhaps forever. Smelling indescribable scents, hearing foreigns sounds and seeing sights that will never be forgotten. However after all the magically things are over, the journey is done, there are a number of unspoken phenomenons….

1. Everything will be the same as you left it

Travel not only opens people but also can change ones whole world view and who you are. You have changed so much but you find your home the same as you left it. Your friends and family are doing similar things to what they used to. There is not much change to your city, the way of life is the same. And your view on where your from will mostly likely change.

2. Post Travel Depression

Even if you love your home and are happy to be there. There is a time period, where you just feel stuck, bored and question life. It can be hard to settle into the typically 9 to 5 norm, especially after having your breath take away almost everyday. Every more so, when all you want to do is talk and remember that amazing time period of your life. But your friends struggle to see why you feel this way, or why your unhappy at home. As if your home, is not for you anymore.

3. Missing the people you meet aboard

If missing people from home while you were overseas wasn’t hard enough, now you have to miss the life time friends you have made. Bonds are made quickly and strong on the road, seeing people from all walks of life and countries come together. These people may have become your family or home for a time period and then their gone. And although you will meet again, you have to leave so many of them time and time again. Maybe they know you better then people from back home.

4. You do foriegn customs without realising it

Each country has their own set of habits and customs, and if you spend a while in one place you start doing small things too without realising. It’s maybe eating lunch as your main meal or saying cheers with every drink. Small things are ingrained into you.  But back in your home you discover after many people mention to you that what you doing is odd you have a few new habits.

5. A very real lust for authentic foreign food

After you get over trying all the food from your home that you didn’t have for a while your traveling such as vegemite(my pick), you miss the food that was like something you have never tasted. Even though there many amazing restaurants that may sell “authentic foreign food” its just not the same. That perfect curry and real tacos even its almost the same, its not!!

6. You struggle to remember the new languages or phrases you learnt

Perhaps you have learnt a few new languages or even phrases while overseas and your proud that you know it. But months past you slowly start forgetting the words and you will try at one point to remember of relearn them, but its get harder and harder the long you stay.

7. You will research new places to travel

If you have a time to yourself or a spare moment in time, its most likely you look at travel photos, blogs and even videos. This gives you a way to still connect to travel, while being able to dream of the next adventure even if its not anytime soon. The idea of a different country can perhaps even get you through a “normal” week.

8. You realise travel will be your greatest love affair of all time

For all the things you do in life, your hobbies, friends and lovers, nothing can compare your love of the road or the unknown. From the thrills, to the low moments, it is all worth it and there are not real words to describe this passion or what you done or felt.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”