In the last two parts, I already told you some pretty good reasons to travel by yourself, in this post my last thoughts about solo traveling will be written down.
Reason 5: These people you meet along your way will inspire you, and you’ll start seeing things from another perspective
If you’re always with the same people in your hometown, you’ll see things the same for your entire life. There is no new input, giving you the need to overthink your ideas. It is the same as in your job; if you’re always working with the same team, you’ll stick to the same principles and methods forever. But as soon a new employee joins your team, he will bring new ideas and further input. And the more different his background is, the more his ideas will differ from yours. Maybe this can lead to conflicts, but in most cases, it leads to innovation and better methods. It is the same with new people you’ll meet on your journey. Their background is entirely different from yours, and this will give you the necessary input to overthink some things and to do them better. Sometimes one simple sentence from a stranger on a train will change your whole view of a topic. People from Australia see things differently than people from Europe and people from India will see them again in a different way. But that’s ok and even good like this. Maybe some of your ideas are good, but you look at them only from one angle, a stranger will show you the other perspectives, and perhaps you’ll see that you could change little things with a significant effect. And the same goes the other way around. Maybe your ideas are in fact really good; you’ll change other people’s perspective in the same way. And I think this is a great thing, you can put your ideas in the world and change something out there, maybe only little things but still, they will affect.
Reason 6: You’ll become more open
While solo traveling you are in some way forced to meet new people. That might be a little bit difficult in the beginning, but after some time you’ll become a lot more open, and you’ll become a real champion in meeting and connect to new people. And this also applies for the time after your travel. Meeting someone on a train? No Problem. Connecting to people at work? Easies than ever before. It will be so easy to meet people, and you’ll enjoy it to meet them. In fact, you’ll need this input of new people, ideas, and conversations in your life. And this will be a big plus point for your career and other parts of your life.
Reason 7: You’ll get some opportunities and see things you wouldn’t notice while traveling in a group
In Madrid, I stand on the couch in the VIP-area just behind the DJ with a bottle of Jägermeister and some guys I met only 30 minutes before. One evening in Stockholm, I sat on a little beach by a river and had a fantastic view, in addition, I had a beer in my hand and a friendly company. That’s how to spend the perfect summer evening in Stockholm.
But catching these moments was only possible because I traveled on my own. I met these people because I was on my own looking for some company. They took me with them, and I experienced some moments I will never forget. I can’t wait to see how many incredible experiences I’ll have on my WorldTravel. Randomly meeting people will often lead to the best moments and memories.
The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before. – Alan Ashley-Pitt
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