Learning How To Travel Alone
I think that, deep down, we all fear being alone to some degree, but in my opinion being alone is only as scary as you let it be. I believe that letting the fear of doing things alone scare you won’t get you very far, because in reality doing things on your own is a beautiful thing. There’s so much to see in this world, and you’re never going to come close to seeing it all if you let the company of others dictate your adventures.
Sometimes the best company you can have is your own. We get so caught up in constantly being surrounded by people, emerged in their lives and the constant buzz of conversation that we forget how to be surrounded by silence and emerged in our own thoughts. There’s always more to learn about yourself and they only way you’re going to do it is by going out there and discovering things on your own.
Throughout my short 22 years of life I’ve traveled alone numerous times, but it wasn’t until I traveled to Europe alone that I realized how life changing it is. I flew not just to Europe but to Spain for my first time, alone, and it was the best decision I ever made. I didn’t let the overwhelming fear of being in a foreign, non-English speaking country keep me from leaving my hotel room. The first night of my travels I asked the hotel for a bar recommendation and I had the night of my life. I met people from all over the world, I discovered that my Spanish isn’t as bad as I thought and I ate food that I would have never thought to order. All this happened because I swallowed every negative thought that rushed through my head and I took a risk that wouldn’t have seemed risky at all had I been with someone else.
How many times are you going to let the absence of company keep you from doing something or going somewhere new before you get up and do it on your own? Think about it: What’s so scary about making your own adventures, meeting new people and discovering something new about yourself?
Some of my best stories, greatest encounters and euphoric moments have been made possible by my travels with myself. Traveling with someone is fun, but it’s too easy. If you really want to experience somewhere new, go alone and don’t think twice about putting yourself out there. Because life’s too short to live in the comfort zone of your own home.