Why To Travel By Yourself

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At the beginning of this year when I went on my two month world trip by myself, I was asked by multiple people if I was scared, nervous, or worried about venturing on my own. For some, the thought of traveling by themselves is very daunting. However, for me the thought of traveling solo thrilled me. To be frank, it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

I was determined from the get go of my trip that I was going to do it all by myself. From the researching of travel agents to never ending emailing back and forth with contacts, I did it on my own. I knew I wanted to prove to myself that I could it.

Like anything in life, there were ups and downs. Yes, there were moments when I wanted to cry and have an “adult” do something for me. That’s when it hit me. I am an adult, who is fully capable of doing this on my own.

Of course when I got back everyone wanted to know all my fun adventures and to know where my favorite places were. I would always answer the questions with an automatic response, “It was SO much fun.” Until one day, I clearly remember a family friend asking me what did I learn from my trip. That was the first time I even thought about something like that. It took me a few seconds to reply with my answer, but I knew it was one of many answers.

• I learned to vouch for myself.
• I learned to live in the moments
• I learned to enjoy the simple things
• I learned to be open to new experiences

To have the chance to travel is truly a blessing. Use opportunities and experiences to develop yourself!

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