24 Things You Learn About Yourself When Traveling Alone.
October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
#24 You hate being completely alone.
“..you’ll probably wish that you had anyone familiar (even someone you generally hate) there to help you deal.”
#23 You love being completely alone.
“You set your schedule, take a bathroom break when you need to, and no one can tell you otherwise. It’s all you.”
#22 You’ll learn how grateful you are to make friends…
“Before you know it, you’re trading facts about your hometowns, and you’re able to let out a sigh of relief: you just gained a point-of-contact and a familiar face in that foreign place.”
#21 And for little acts of kindness.
“Little acts of kindness become more salient when you’re abroad, and seem to bear more weight than those that happen at home.”
#20 You’ll find your own pace.
“Everyone has a pace they prefer to experience life by, and when you’re solo you can go with your own flow uninterrupted.”
#19 You’ll achieve new levels of open-mindedness…
“With no pressures from anyone but yourself, you’re completely free to explore, and to try things you otherwise wouldn’t.”
#18 And new levels of humility.
“When you’re a solo traveler in need, it’s amazing who will come to your aid (whether or not they can really afford to be helping you out in the first place).”
#17 You’ll finally know who you are when no one’s watching…
“You never know what you will and won’t do until there’s no one around to witness it.”
#16 And that can be whoever you want it to be.
“Regardless of who you are back home, you have the anonymity to explore who you want to be, and no one can spoil the illusion if you don’t let them.”
#15 You’ll figure out what really matters to you..
“When left to your own devices, your personal trends might just surprise you.”
#14 And what things aren’t as necessary as you thought.
“You’ll also find you can survive on much less than you probably originally thought.”
#13 You’ll figure out how to own your experience.
“..you’ll get to do everything you make the effort to do, and have no excuses for the things you didn’t get to (other than, of course, running out of time doing all the other stuff you wanted to do).”
#12 You’ll learn to be selfish, and that’s okay.
“You’ve got one job while traveling alone, look out for numero uno.”
#11 You’ll learn to love the pleasure of your own company…
“be surprised by how your thoughts wander when you don’t have to reel them in.”
#10 And derive great comfort from having your own back.
“There’s an amazing amount of confidence and security in knowing that you’re capable of looking after yourself.”
#9 You’ll learn you can trust yourself.
“You’ve got good instincts, and you’ll use them more than once.”
#8 And that you’re a lot more resourceful than you thought.
“Trapped at a border with the wrong documentation? Stuck abroad with no wallet? Museum exhibit you traveled around the world to see, closed? With little hesitation, you might just surprise yourself with how you respond to those situations.”
#7 You’ll discover just how readily and greedily you will learn new things.
“Like important phrases in another language, certain cultural faux-pas, or what characters demarcate the men’s and women’s restrooms.”
#6 You’ll learn about how you fit in, in the “grand scheme of things.”
“Alone with your thoughts, you might get a little introspective. You might find it reaffirming to think about how you fit in, in things greater than yourself back home (like your community or job).”
#5 You’ll learn just how weak you are.
“No matter how excited you might be to be traveling alone, there will always be at least a little apprehension. No matter how much planning you do, something will go wrong.”
#4 You’ll learn how just strong you are.
“You will learn to smell your own panic coming a mile away, and begin to take the necessary steps to avoid it.”
#3 You’ll learn what your limits are…
“You’ll learn what you will and won’t do for a picture, or to see something you want to see.”
#2 And you’ll learn exactly where your breaking point is.
“Maybe you’ll have a full blown panic attack, or get completely caught up two steps outside your comfort zone.”
#1 But most importantly, you’ll learn you can handle it.
“Maybe it won’t hit you until the flight home, but you’ll think over all of the things you did, saw, and endured, and realize that you got through it.”