Most of us, at some point in our lives, have had the irresistible urge to travel and see new places, whether internationally or domestically. As a matter of fact, some of you might even have a bucket list or a checklist of places that you want to visit. Maybe, you have dreamed of conquering the steep icy glaciers of New Zealand, lazing on a pristine beach in the Maldives, or dancing with a bunch of gorgeous young folks in a Parisian club. No matter what your reasons for traveling are, it’s safe to say that travel can bring bliss to everyone in a lot of different ways.
But, there is so much more to traveling than all the incredible pictures, crazy stories and amazing memories that it brings. Indeed, there are a number of invaluable lessons in life that you can learn by just traveling frequently.
There are an increasing number of people who want to travel, but they don’t always have someone to travel with. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have a partner, or they haven’t got friends. It just means they don’t have someone available who wants to do the same thing as they do. You might dread your next solo trip. Don’t. It could really be one of the most enjoyable experiences you ever have. Sure, it’s fun to make memories with your friends and family, but, solo travelers have plenty of fun too. You just need to have a positive attitude. And, it doesn’t hurt that technology has made the world a lot smaller than ever before.
No compromise, no catering. Wake up early; sleep until noon When you travel solo, not only is your experience unfiltered by the perspective and opinions of your companion, but you can create the journey that reflects your style and preferences, right down to the details. You can be spontaneous without accounting for anyone else’s feelings. This trip is your blank canvas. Start painting!
HolidayIQ Traveller Kunjal Karaniya from Jamnagar shares, “Binsar, an unexplored wilderness situated in the Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand is perfect for nature and wildlife lover. It is home to numerous birds and wildlife. The entire Binsar sanctuary is a preserved forest with a majestic view of Eastern Himalayan ranges. We stayed for 3 nights explored the place by treks and bird watching. It is simply beautiful and living in the nature!”
When you travel with a companion, however compatible, you see the world, in part, through your companion’s eyes. Your attention is divided between your experience and perspective and those of your companion. When you travel alone, your focus is undivided. You can be more engaged in and more attentive to the place you’re in.
HolidayIQ Traveller Shyam Sunder Singh from Lucknow shares, “The destination is full of natural beauty. It has pilgrimage importance. Thousands of people visit it daily. There is a brilliant display of natural beauty with the Himalayas around it. It is the best place to be during the summer holidays. It gives a perfect display of our religious beliefs with small children to senior citizens chanting the name of the goddess and going above the hill.”
As a solo traveller you’re more approachable; you aren’t intimidating. When people are travelling alone, they are more eager to chat with locals, meet travel buddies or team up with fellow travellers. In this way, you can make new friends and gain valuable knowledge about wherever you are.
HolidayIQ Traveller Koushik Das from Bangalore shares, “Mathura is one of the most important pilgrimage place in the country. We visited Vrindavan extensively – its famous ancient temples. Among the temples Radha Damodar, Radha Shyam Sundar and Madan Mohan temples are must visit. Kaliya Daha Ghat is a prominent place in Vrindavan. Radha Kund and Shyam Kund are the two holiest tanks in Vrindavan. Also must visits are Nand Gain and Kans Karagar.”
When you travel on your own, you are definitely more flexible with time and the decisions you make. You can hitchhike, hike, dance on the beach, change your destination at last minute without stress and compromises. When you travel, you are open to change and you will welcome it with open arms. You just follow your rhythm, heart and mind.
HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal from Chennai shares, “Varkala is a quite and lovely beach town. We stayed at the Gateway hotel which was half a kilometre from the beach.The Papanasam beach is a very picturesque beach though it can get a little crowded. The best attraction of Varkala, which is the ‘Cliff’. This kilometre long stretch of cliff has many cafe and restaurants. It is lined with quaint curio shops. watching the sunset from a Sidewalk cafe at the cliff, sipping iced tea is a must. There are many eateries so food is not a problem. There are many Italian cafes’ on the cliff. It is a relaxed place, perfect for a leisure holiday”
While travelling with other people, you often have to include their interests into your routine to make sure everyone is satisfied. However, when you travel solo, the only person you have to please is yourself. HolidayIQ Traveller Dharmendra Tripathi from Aurangabad shares, “Best place ever I seen is Khajuraho. There are so many temples and every temple has its own story and teaches us a great and enjoyable lesson. If you are going to Khajuraho stay in Chhatarpur because it is a medium city so it is not costly and very comfortable for stay. When visiting these tourist place Chhatarpur is a great city, a city of Maharaja Chhatrasal. It is famous for tourism due to its nearby famous tourist places like Dhubela Museum, Jatashankar MP tourism, Rainfall the great Waterfall and most known ever Khajuraho just 37 km away from Chhatarpur”
- Photographs are by far the best souvenirs
What makes a photograph a great souvenir? First of all, photographs are totally free, and they can tell beautiful stories that words never can. Moreover, they won’t take up any space to carry around, and are great for nostalgia’s sake.
- Embrace spontaneity
Things don’t always go as planned, when you’re traveling and exploring the world. But guess what? These unforeseen and unplanned events will enhance your ability to stand on your feet, improvise, and roll with the punches. As you travel more often, you’ll also realize that you can gain a lot more personal benefit from the unexpected than you can from the meticulously pre-planned.
- Always be open to trying new things
When traveling, we tend to experiment and try new activities, spices and dishes. And, for the most part, we discover that we extremely like and enjoy them. If you could bring this kind of curiosity about new stuff into your life at home, you will definitely have more diverse experiences in eating and cooking. More importantly, it can help become a more open-minded person.
We usually go to a restaurant, and order favorite dish because we already know that our taste buds are going to enjoy it. Also, we tend to buy our clothes at a particular store or boutique because it is our style. These are the patterns in your life that very often go unnoticed. But, have you ever thought of all the things in life that you would miss if you never try anything new?
- Life is short
From the thunderous waterfalls of Africa to the grand engineering marvels of North America, the world is oozing with mesmerizing sights, awe-inspiring experiences and mouthwatering cuisines that will put you into a state of euphoria. Sadly, though, most people can’t see or experience half of them in a lifetime.
Traveling not just opens your eyes to the realities of life, but it will also make you realize how big our our world is, and how short life can be. Let’s face it, a major loss, setback or accident can happen at any time, which can hamper you from finding your true happiness. Our time on earth is short, and we should not delay our happiness and dream to travel the world!
- Traveling is truly the only priceless thing in the world
Would I be happy if I buy myself a new Mercedes Benz or a Porsche? Absolutely! But eventually, it will wear off, and lose its charm. Traveling is, as far as I’m concerned, the only investment that you won’t regret. The sheer amount of life lessons you can learn from traveling are endless, and engulfing yourself into a new culture is certainly the perfect mixture of inspiring, chaotic and thrilling.
Traveling the world can be beneficial to your professional life in a lot of different ways. Not only will it boost your confidence, but it can also improve your health as well as enhance your organization and social skills. Additionally, it can help you become a better negotiation and more prolific in creative thinking.