Hey pixels!! As you may know, I love travelling. It’s one of my favourite activities!! Travelling has lots of benefits: learning new stuff, discovering a new place, meeting new people, etc. Usually we tend to travel with other people; lots of people tend to think that travelling alone is boring or less exciting. Well, this is not true at all: travelling alone has its own benefits, too.
I traveled solo to Berlin a couple of years ago, and the experience was amazing. Next month I’m travelling solo again. This is why I’m writing this post: to share with you the tips I learned during my first solo trip (21 days). I should say that it was not boring at all. I took some German classes, I met people from around the world during my classes, I did some activities, I went to museums and visit a couple of small cities near Berlin…. Now I’m going to have less time, just 7 days, but I’m planning to get the most of them.
I’ll tell you more details about my trip activities, my happy pixels. I’m planning a post series about them. This will be in a month. My destination is Andorra, just in case I had not mentioned yet…
Travelling alone: benefits
You learn to be alone. Alone time is healthy, but we rarely appreciate it. We are always surrounded by people, noise and our daily problems. Being alone in another place is, for me, the fastest way to forget all my problems and concentrate just in enjoying my trip.
Freedom to choose all the activities. I mean that you choose everything. The place you’re travelling, the hotel, where do you want to eat, the daily activities… Actually one of the reasons I’ve chosen Andorra is this one. I went there with 2 friends many years ago, and I had to negociate everything, because they had another idea of how the trip had to be. Now I want to repeat this trip my own way, just doing the things I really want to do.
It’s cheaper because of the previous reason. You simply can adjust your budget going to cheap places or chosing the free museum. That will mean you are saving money for your next adventure!!
It will boost your confidence. Being able to make everything it has to be done on your own is a great source of satisfaction. The experience of travelling alone will challenge your limits and ability to cope with obstacles on the way which will make you a stronger person. You’ll realize that you can do everything you want. I feel extra motivated when I come back home after a travel, always.
You’ll apreciate better the destination. You don’t get distracted by your usual travel mates, so you can concentrate your efforts in looking what’s going on and taking pictures of it. Forget your selfie stick at home: better take pictures of a beautiful building or landscape. It does not matter if you’re not on every picture you take, and this little step will be a giant one on improving your observation skills.
You’ll have time to do more things. When I travel solo I tend to get up and start my day earlier. That’s because I don’t like to go out at night, so I have dinner and go to bed early. But this way I have more hours to make daily activities, and trust me, my happy pixels, I use all of them.
And last, but not least, there is something liberating about travelling to a place where no one knows who you are. I feel free to be myself.
Do you travel solo, my happy pixels? Are you planning a Summer trip? Please, let me know in the comments below.
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