The title seems like an arbitrary proclamation, but here’s why…
“What if traveling alone is not for me” will most certainly win the award for the question which averted the maximum number of people on this planet to step out and travel on their own. In today’s world, we are not blessed with many moments to be alone.
Some people also say it’s money which hinders them from traveling. Truth is, it’s not just about money, it’s about courage. The courage to let go of your worldly possessions, normality, relationships, friends. The courage to do something you have never done before.
Our fear of being alone, is the most terrifying of the fears we experience.
We have bills to pay, rentals to take care of, errands to run, families to feed, kids to worry about, friends to please and other innumerable fears which clutch us back into our comfort zones like quicksand.
Let me tell you – Don’t let being alone prevent you from being with yourself. Solo travel is probably the finest way to connect with your true self. It is when you wander alone, you can follow your whim and find your inner you. You can do things your way. After all, the best conversations always turn out to be the dialogues you have with your own self.
Whenever I traveled by myself, I have observed a profound sense of the world around me…the colors seemed brighter, the sounds seemed clearer. The smell of rain on the ground, the warmth of fresh air beneath the sky, the gentle caress of wind through my hair. When alone, every moment seems like an opportunity to discover something new.
What’s interesting is the fact that I have met some of the most beautiful people (not the beauty which is skin deep) in my life, the stories with random strangers I have collected over years of traveling alone are treasures worth keeping till lifetime. It is worth mentioning that how easily people strike up a conversation with a person who is alone, as compared to a bunch of people traveling together. Travel has given me rewarding moments where I could connect with an unknown face and lose myself in a stimulating conversation, there have been enriching experiences about getting to know someone who doesn’t have an opinion of you. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s not. Either way, exposure to new connections is always a great idea to grow and expand your consciousness.
When you are alone, you belong to everyone
Who am I in this new place? Maybe I am a tourist, maybe a traveler, maybe a passerby but before anything else, I am ME. Stripped out of the norms of society, devoid of the rules of relations, to the bare minimum – me. Solo travel gives you the time to be at peace within. When we learn to love ourselves, despite of our flaws. When we understand ourselves and suddenly everything seems better. These magical moments of self-expression are priceless, and often, rare. And that is exactly when we are alive again!
We shouldn’t stop. We ought to find the courage to tread the path alone. There are few things better in life than being able to do what you want, at anytime you want, with anyone you want without having to explain anybody, ask anybody or hurt anybody. Try it once, you can thank me later.
Let’s pack our bags and step out in the wilderness again. Let the wanderlust set us free. Let’s not wait for anyone to tell us when to live again. Let’s take the road less taken and make a difference. Today. Really, there aren’t a lot of excuses left, are they?
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous