Solo travel – why travelling alone could change your life.

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Making the decision to travel alone could just be the best move of your life.

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Being alone allows you to be selfish, and put yourself and your own needs first, every single day. It could just provide the right conditions for true love to fall at your feet.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone and boarding a plane to the other side of the world alone is one of the most exhilarating things you will ever do.

Family and friends could think you’re crazy, but you’d be equally crazy to let other people’s lack of wanderlust hold you back.

Five reasons why you should go solo:

1. Be your own best friend

One reason travelling alone is so enthralling is because it allows you to develop a strong sense of self. When was the last time you were truly alone?

It’s extremely rare to find yourself disabled from the world. Uploading, downloading, sharing, tagging and texting make up the bulk of what we now consider to be “alone time”.

Travelling solo will allow you time to be alone with your thoughts and nurture yourself.

2. Meet new people

When travelling with friends it’s too easy to stick to your clique and isolate yourself.

Making new friends can be daunting but travelling alone empowers you to spark conversations with complete strangers.

After a couple of days you’ll be introducing yourself to the locals without any inhibitions. You will meet like-minded people and make new connections.

3. Experience true freedom

Your plans will change like the wind and you should embrace this with open arms.

There’s no agenda and no one to disappoint, so whether you want to visit a great wonder of the world or head to see the orang-utans in Borneo, travelling alone provides you with the flexibility to wake up every day and know the world is your oyster.

4. Learn to let go

It can be difficult to let go of your problems when they are staring you in the face every day but from a place on the other side of the world they will begin to feel less important.

Whether you are escaping a bad relationship or taking a break from a stressful working environment, travelling will encourage you to expand your mind and not sweat over the little things.

With no one by your side you can choose what you divulge to your new buddies, re-create yourself and let go of the past.

5. Fall in love

Travelling solo gives you the freedom to date whoever you like, and you could just fall in love.

Being alone allows you to be selfish, and put yourself and your own needs first, every single day. It could just provide the right conditions for true love to fall at your feet.

Travelling with a friend requires a lot of compromise and in contrast falling in love requires a little selfishness.

Tell us about your solo travel story?

Sophie Hughes

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