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Travelling alone is scary. It’s also exciting, rewarding, and challenging. While I was nervous about my first solo trip, there were some unexpected benefits to travelling on your own that have really changed me for the better. Here are five things I learned about myself when I went travelling alone for the first time:

When travelling alone for the first time, you’ll learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

I can’t stress this enough: you will learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

travelling alone for the first time

You’ll learn how much more you can do on your own and just how much of a badass you are. You’ll learn that independence is something we all need to experience in our lives and that being alone for a time doesn’t mean being lonely or sad. In fact, it often means exactly the opposite—you might even have more fun than ever! Maybe it was because I was travelling alone for the first time (and maybe also because my friends had left me behind), but there was no one else around to tell me what I could do or where I could go; no one to tell me what clothes were appropriate or which sites were worth seeing; no one to comment on whether things cost too much money (and if they did).

The lessons learned from travelling alone for the first time go beyond the trip.

  • You will learn more about yourself.
  • You will learn more about the world.
  • You will learn more about other people.
  • You will learn more about how to travel.
  • You will learn more about how to be comfortable with yourself, even when you’re far from home and far from your comfort zone

You can go anywhere, at any time!

  • You can go anywhere, at any time.
  • You can go when you want to.
  • You can go with whomever you want to.

I hope this inspires you to travel alone or with a group of friends!

Travelling alone is not lonely – it’s freeing!

travelling alone for the first time to the mountains

Travelling alone is not lonely – it’s freeing! You are free to do what you want, where you want, when you want. You can stop whenever and wherever you please. You can eat lunch at one place and dinner somewhere else if that’s what floats your boat. If there is something really cool happening in town and everyone else in your group wants to stay at the hostel or hotel and go to bed early, that’s OK, because you get to go discover something new on your own!

Travelling alone is a great way to meet new people!

Travelling alone is a great way to meet new people!

You can meet people in hostels, on the road, at restaurants and bars, etc. You might even make friends with other solo travellers who you’ll see time and time again along your trip—and maybe even keep in touch after your adventures are over! Or if you’re feeling more adventurous (and brave), why not try striking up conversations with locals? They might not speak English very well, but you’ll be surprised at how much fun it is to try communicating through gestures and body language. I’ve made some of my best memories from hanging out on beaches with people who were just as interested in making friends as I was; they were so friendly! It’s one thing that makes solo travel such an amazing experience for me—it’s always so exciting to meet new people!

Travelling alone is the best!

Travelling alone is the best!

You will meet people. You will learn about yourself. It is more liberating than you think. You will have a great time, and that fun lasts long after your trip ends!

Conclusion

Travelling alone can be an exhilarating experience. You get to see the world from your own perspective and learn about yourself in ways that are hard not to enjoy! Travelling alone is a great way to meet new people and learn about different cultures. I encourage you to try it—even if it’s just once before heading back home again!