In a matter of months I will be heading off on my first big solo trip. I am both excited and scared, but know that this is the right thing for me to do. Here is why I am planning on going it alone for a while…
I want to go wherever I want, decide what sights to see and be flexible to change my mind without having to compromise. I have travelled long-term with friends before and found it restrictive. Everybody wants to do different things and there is naturally always compromise somewhere.
To gain some perspective
Plodding along in life, repeating the same daily grind clouds my brain. Days, weeks and months fly by and there is a cycle of work, eat, sleep which is difficult to break – mainly due to a sheer lack of energy. I know I want to change direction, but I am not sure which way to go. There is not enough time to see things clearly and make pure decisions. Life just keeps going at full speed. The only way to gain perspective is to get away for a while and constructively re-evaluate everything to decide my next move.
I want to be a professional travel writer and believe the best way of making this happen is to just get out there and see more of the world. I feel that travelling by myself will give me more focus. I got into journalism with the idea of wanting to be a travel writer. But I ended up working as a regional newspaper reporter. After almost five years in journalism, I have reached a point where it is make or break. I know a change of direction is needed. I want to start making things happen and am more determined than ever.
I only have a few years left until I am 30 and do not want to be left with any regrets. There is that famous saying: “You regret what you didn’t do more than what you did do.” Before I settle down, I want to make sure that I have gone full throttle in pursuit of my dream. And if it does not work out then at least I know I tried.
Learn more about myself
While I am able to appear relatively confident in my job as a newspaper reporter, I am naturally an extremely shy person. I need to push myself to get out of the shell and find that the more often I take risks and do things out of my comfort zone, the easier it becomes. After time it is easy to label yourself as a certain personality type, but I believe there is always more to discover about yourself and more you are capable of if you only take that leap of faith; my leap of faith being solo travel.
Get out of my comfort zone
Travelling with friends or a partner is like having a comforting cushion of familiarity around you at all times. There is no need to get out of the shell and make much effort to speak to anybody else. Although it is still possible to meet people when travelling with company, it is easier when you are alone. I travelled solo for around 10 days in Sydney, Australia and naturally met more people. You seem to get invited along to more things and people are less intimidated to approach those alone.
Have you travelled solo? Why did you choose to solo travel?