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I'm Pleased You Are Not Here: Advantages of Solo Traveling

2011-12-12

Random strangers, casual friends, one night lovers, nameless drinking companions are the hidden reasons for traveling alone. The adventurous part of travel comes from things you don't know, places you haven't been and people you haven't met. While traveling with a friend or a group of friends, your chances of meeting new people, making new friends and freeing your own desires are immensely limited as you exist in your little clique, whereas traveling alone considerably dissipates your dependence on others. However, thinking this simple before departing, you may come across harder things after arriving...

Personality Changes

Taking your life into your own hands and having the courage to carry on, takes a lot of responsibility and maturity. Here you come to understand that you are responsible for every single decision and every single action and this makes you change, become stronger... it makes you the artist of your own life...

Shaving of everything but your Self, you stand face to face with reality to embrace the solitude, become aware of what turns you on and off and find yourself on certain physical and emotional level. For instance, you may realize that being away of society’s role-playing games for just a couple of days, may bring you to mental evolution...Scared? Don't be! Just step out of yourself and your thoughts and look around: the freedom that you have is your weapon against any kind of fears and complexes.

Except for changes in your personality that gets you more independent, traveling solo can be a rewarding experience from other points as well.

Going for Adventures

Some of the most exciting travel experiences come from communicating with new people. Talk to strangers! You might be only a step away from a great acquaintance...If you are an adventure seeker, there are probably other people who won't mind it either. Finding a friend for journey will definitely make your day! A little dangerous, isn't it? But that what's exciting about it. Those who love extreme, are those who know how to love the fear. However, be careful and consider things well, you never know who you will come up with, thus trust your instincts. If you feel you are being pestered, don't hesitate to approach a policeman and ask him to help you handle it.

Opening up for New Things - Cultural Shock

Whether you are from North Europe or Southeast Asia, once you step into a new cultural world, you will certainly come across things that are new to you. Those can be unusual structures of buildings, strange dresses, funny languages, weird behaviors of people and different cultural values. At a certain point your own values will be questioned and you will experience cultural shock! Does this have a negative context? Not at all. It is just the difference you wanted to see! Moreover, it's what can slake your thirst of "real" adventure. You would certainly live this, had you a partner with you, but traveling solo will put the pressure onto your own shoulders: the harder it is, the more impressed you'll get! Yes, it is difficult, but it's also exciting! After all it's better to be alone, than wish you were alone!

By Nare Mkhitaryan

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