Something you will notice immediately is the fact that you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. You don’t have to factor in another person’s interests so you can literally move at your own pace. At points this may mean that you spend more time in bed relaxing because .. there are no rules to solo travel !
Solo travel can equal some valuable conversations AND some useful recommendations.
Now this is something I noticed whilst I was in Chicago in March. I’m not sure if this was solely because I was travelling solo or if my accent also played a role in causing intrigue but whilst I was there, I got involved in a couple of workshops. During these workshops I found that people really wanted to find out my thoughts on Chicago, why I was visiting Chicago (in the winter haha) and so on. Days later I went to the theatre alone and found myself having a full blown conversation about travel and work with the lady next to me.
The point I am trying to make is that I am almost certain that these conversations would not have happened if I had travelled with a friend and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have found myself at multiple workshops.
There is something about being alone and not having anyone else to lean/rely on that really pushes someone out of their comfort zone BUT in doing so, you realise it’s not so difficult after all. My grandma always says “You can’t get lost if you can read” and I would like to add the following to that, “If you are not sure, just ask”. This can be applied to soo many areas of life. Fear is not tangible, we create it and by pushing ourselves and taking the leap to get out of our comfort zones from time to time, the cycle of fear can be broken AND it is an amazing confidence booster.
Until next time !