There’s nothing like taking a memorable road trip. You’ve got the windows down, the wind in your hair, and good music blasting from the stereo. The media will have you believe that the best road trips happen with friends. However, some of the most compelling and introspective trips happen solo.
In 2018, a recent study found that over 80% of millennials travel by themselves. Whether it’s last minute weekend trips or full-on world exploring, they prefer this avenue for a variety of reasons. While each person’s experience is subjective, it’s safe to conclude that solo traveling has its benefits.
If you want to travel the world but you don’t have a solid tribe, consider these five lessons you can learn from taking that solo trip of your dreams.
Traveling Solo Provides an Opportunity for Self-Reflection
Psychologists agree that spending time alone gives you an opportunity to think and get to know yourself. When you’re driving alone or sitting on a plane, you’re able to sit with your emotions and really analyze them without judgment.
You’re able to do exactly what you want to do
When you travel with other people, you have to take their interests into consideration. However, when you travel alone, you can truly find out what you like and don’t like. You’re able to participate in the activities that please you. This makes for a more meaningful experience.
When you practice making decisions that please you, you learn how to be comfortable fulfilling your needs. This is great practice for dealing with other people. When you know how to please yourself and do what you like, you won’t feel bad expecting that same treatment from others.
You learn how to be independent
Travelling alone means packing your own bags, driving your own vehicle, and planning your itinerary. In addition, you have to guard yourself against possible danger. Traveling alone helps you tap into your independent spirit and you learn how to take care of yourself.
These are valuable experiences are beneficial to your everyday life because you’ll learn how to own up to your responsibilities. You will be less reliant on others and more on yourself. This is a valuable trait to have, especially if you’re planning on traveling solo often.
Exploration is a Basic Human Need
Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs breaks down what people need to feel a sense of fulfilment and purpose. At the top of that list is engaging in creative activities. What’s more creative that traveling? When you travel, you’re exploring a new country, city, or area that’s unfamiliar. You’re learning about a culture and area that’s different from what you’re used to.
When you travel, you’re tapping into your exploration trait. This sense of wanderlust will follow you into your everyday life. You won’t be afraid to ask questions, take on that new project at work, or ask that special someone out on a date. You’ll crave wanting to learn more which stems from exploration.
Solo Traveling Makes You Ambitious
When you choose to go somewhere alone, you’re living your intentions. You’re not waiting on other people to fulfil your dreams. Rather, you’re taking control and doing it on your own. This ambitious attitude will help you chase your dreams without relying on anyone else.
Next time you want to check out that new city or foreign country, don’t wait for your friends. Take a leap and travel solo.