Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
Any form of wandering around this wonderful planet brings improvement, but solo adventures hold some invaluable lessons. By travelling alone you learn not to rely on anyone else. It gives you the chance to take care of yourself and fulfill your dreams without anyone’s permission or help. It expands your mind in a way that there is no going back, it truly changes your life and here are some examples:
Makes you humble
Going from a place where locals have plush apartments and own fancy yachts to another place where some people are sleeping on the streets, is a very eye opening experience. It shows us the contrast and several facades of life. Such experiences make us realize that the world is a vast place and our identities are more or less insignificant. It shows that some people have it better and some people have it worse, which inspires us to work hard to succeed like others and also do acts of kindness and have empathy for the underprivileged and help them succeed in any way possible.
Helps you develop a stronger gut feeling and better connection with people
When we travel alone, we are left to navigate by ourselves and have, mostly, only our instinct to rely on. While coming across strangers and talking to people who are also traveling alone, we engage in interesting conversations and learn a lot. After exposure to many people from all around the world, with time we can tell that at the end of the day we are all the same. Our behaviours are altered by cultural upbringing or circumstances but we all, more or less, care about the same things in life and also have similar problems.
Makes you a natural problem solver hence more employable
While on the road alone, we learn so much and acquire several interpersonal skills which helps to find solutions to a variety of problems. The world is the best educational institute and often after getting degrees we still find ourselves lacking wisdom, this gap is filled by travelling. Employers appreciate someone who is worldly, a risk-taker and can adjust to any culture or work environment and still be efficient. Being able to adapt, function and socialize in a new environment and then re-adapt to another, is an invaluable skill. Travelling alone, building a social circle from scratch, getting out of comfort zone and not depending on anyone for happiness is the highest form of independence.
Helps you become more comfortable in your own skin
By meeting people and discussing several topics, we learn so much about the world. With time we learn to laugh at ourselves and not take other people’s opinions so seriously. We learn that no one is perfect and everyone is still evolving. It’s a very soothing experience to learn to let go of things easily.