I have a love for many things. Wine, clothes, Chanel and puppies, but my love for traveling solo is one that can’t be compared. You might be thinking “Oh hell no. I can barely go shopping by myself.” Fair enough! It’s a scary thought, but have you ever considered embracing the challenge and learning more about yourself in the process? I can attest, it’s pretty amazing.
Traveling with people gives you laughs, memories and a deeper connection. So, you’re wondering, how could traveling by yourself even compare? What if I told you that those memories and those laughs by yourself are way better? Girl, I know it sounds crazy, but trust me.
I have memories of extraordinary, eye-opening solo trips that no one will ever get to fully understand because it was MY experience.
Not only did I find that traveling alone wasn’t sad or worthy of someone’s sympathy, but it was also the trips on which I learned the most about myself and the world. I didn’t have anyone telling me what to do or begging me to try that one thing. It was just me and my experience. There is something so beautiful about that.
There are a ton of reasons why people might travel alone – they might want to do a little soul searching or need some time away from everyday life. I have traveled around the freaking globe by myself and each trip has served a different purpose.
I traveled to Thailand for a spiritual journey where I visited an orphanage and rode on the back of an elephant through the river. Who else can say that? That trip was one I will never forget and taught me so much Yes, I was scared of the unknown and putting myself out of my comfort zone, but I did it. I now have memories in pictures that you can see but only I can relive.
I journeyed through Europe just to, well, live it up… literally. I call Europe my party place. I am by no means a crazy partier. Let’s be real, I’m in bed at 9 p.m. most nights. I do, however, like to occasionally treat myself to a good time, and Europe is just the place for that. Yes, I may have skinny dipped at a secluded beach on the Amalfi coast, and that’s perfectly fine. I embraced living in the moment.
Traveling alone can be a whirlwind of unexpected emotions. I’ve been in many situations during my travels where I have been scared, lonely, uncertain and frustrated. What is important about those moments is that I got through them. Most importantly, I got through them alone. If it had not been for those times when I felt afraid or homesick, I might not have the same outlook on life I hold now.
Whenever I think there is something I can’t accomplish, I look back on those times I was alone and uncertain, but found my way through it.
After traveling through countries where nothing seems familiar, not knowing a single word of the language and finding your way through foreign streets to a beautiful destination, you will realize there is nothing in this world you cannot do.
I love that saying “What will you do with your crazy and beautiful life?” I can look back and say “I wasn’t afraid of taking chances, I learned to love myself and took a leap of faith.” Can you say the same? I challenge you to book that trip you have been dreaming of and stop waiting on your girls or your man to say yes. Just do it. By yourself.
Have you taken a solo trip? I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!