1 Learn more about yourself. Discover yourself.
Once you set off on a solo journey to unknown place, you start getting to know yourself much better. You are on your own. You start listening to your heart and you are finally able to achieve some level of internal equilibrium and focus of mind. You start to discover yourself once again – things you are capable of, things you are afraid or scared of. You face your fears and you defeat them. There is no stress around andyou feel alive.
2 Make new friends. Speak to strangers.
Meet people. Speak to strangers. Have fun. Observe.
When we travel with companions, we tend to stick to that group of people and even though we try our best to get to know new people, the dynamics and interactions will certainly not be as deep and fulfilling. I’ve noticed that when I am on my own on the road, I’m definitely more eager to chat with locals, meet travel buddies, team up with other travelers and generally reach out more in order to socialize. It seems so natural. Travelling solo definitely enables you to speak directly to some locals and stop being shy with people. In this way, you can make new friend and gain valuable insider knowledge about wherever you are.
3 Experience new things.
When you travel solo, people are more open and direct with you. Thus, you can experience more new things than you would when travelling with someone. People will invite you home and welcome you warmly in their place. They will share everything they have with you, sometimes giving you more than they possess. You willnotice their smile and small gestures you often ignore when travelling with someone else by your side.
4 Freedom. Peace. Flexibility.
Take the risk. Embrace the world. Feel free.
When you travel on your own, you are definitely more flexible with time, next destination and decisions you make. You team up with travel buddies you like the most and end up expanding your travel plans. You are free to change your plans whenever you want to. You are free to sleep as long as you want to. 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. No more fitting into a group’s agenda. No more explanations or disappointing anyone. You just follow rhythm, heart and mind.
5. Loneliness? What’s that?
In fact, when travelling solo, you will never feel lonely. Once you get to any hostel or hotel and you will see plenty of solo travelers who are in the same boat. You all travel for the same reasons, you all miss home at some point and you all want to experience new things. It is incredible to see how much you have in common with people who you have not met before. You get to know each other, you make friends and keep in touch. We meet once again after some time in a different place and you all laugh at all of these awkward and unforgettable moments you shared together.
6 Overcome your fears. Challenge your insecurities.
A plate of snake meat I challenged to eat
What does not kill you, makes you stronger and that’s so true. When you are left on your own, you start fighting for what really matters to you. You overcome the fear of heights, darkness, spiders or even new food. The more you travel, the less you fear. As long as you make regular solo trips, you will feel more confident each time, no matter what your fear is which is also a good excuse to travel regularly.
7 Indulge in anything you want without being judged.
Without a doubt, eating is one of the most enjoyable aspects of travel. Be it street food or in a restaurant. Once you start travelling solo, you also start appreciating food more and you will end up eating things that you would normally not eat at home. Youbecome more adventurous with food. You can finally take in all the Thai pad thai, Italian pizza, Belgian macaroons and Chinese dumplings you find on your travels if you so desire without worrying about other people noticing!
8 Save money.
Travel solo and save money
In most cases, you can find travelling solo cheaper than travelling with someone. Why? Nobody teases you with local delicacies so it is easier to resist the temptation and spend less money on food (my case). You are also more likely to buy less souvenirs and useless gadgets. More importantly, your travel companion might prefer more convenient and expensive way of travelling and it’s sometimes awkward to say “Sorry, it’s too expensive for me”.
9 Gain confidence.
When you travel solo you might face various problems, make decisions and even take some risk on your own. All these situations will, with no doubts, make you stronger, braver and much more confident though. Being alone on the road is a great challenge and as we know the challenges make us grow stronger and wiser not only as travellers but also as human-beings. When travelling on your own you can learn many skills such as time management and decision making.
10 No drama.
How many times did you argue with your travel buddies? How many times did you have to meet him/her half-way? If things do not go well, the entire trip can be a miserable, drama-filled time you’d love to forget. There is no drama when you travel on your own. No arguments. No fights.
To sum up, we should not be scared to set off for a solo journey! For some people it might be a tough decision and a weird feeling for the first days of solo expedition, but at the end of the day you will not regret it as it’s much more adventurous and challenging, it shapes your personality and gives you enormous possibilities to test yourself.
are all surrounded by ：被xxx环绕
socialize with ：与社交
need a break from ：需要短暂的逃离xxx
travelling solo ：独自旅行
know yourself better, leave your comfort zone and go into the wild
gives you an opportunity to gain valuable experience about the world, people, food, foreign customs and traditions.
You stop being ignorant and start appreciating things you might have never noticed. You open your heart. You become more of a listener than speaker.
join the organized group trips：参加有组织的团体旅行
more unique experience for adventure hunters：对于冒险者来说可以获得更多独特的体验
set off on a solo journey ：开始独自旅行
know yourself much better：更好的了解自己
achieve some level of internal equilibrium and focus of mind：
discover yourself ：发现自己
face your fears ：面对你的恐惧
you feel alive：你感觉活着
travel with companions：与同伴旅行
stick to ：坚持、保持
the dynamics and interactions：动态和交流互动
deep and fulfilling：深刻、充实
more eager to chat with locals, meet travel buddies, team up with other travelers ：更渴望和当地人聊天,认识旅游的伙伴,与其他游客组团
reach out more in order to socialize：接触更多的是为了社交
stop being shy with people：跟人在一起的时候不要太害羞
can experience more new things : 可以体验更多的新东西
notice their smile and small gestures : 注意他们的微笑和小的手势
Feel free. Take the risk. Embrace the world.
are definitely more flexible with time：时间绝对是更灵活的
team up with :组队
expanding your travel plans：扩大你的旅行计划
hitchhike, hike, dance on the beach, change your destination at last minute without stress and compromises：搭便车、徒步旅行、在沙滩上跳舞,在最后一分钟改变你的目的地也没有压力、不用妥协。
fitting into a group’s agenda：适应团体的日程
You just follow rhythm, heart and mind：你跟着节奏、情感和理智
you will never feel lonely：你永远不会感到孤独
laugh at all of these awkward and unforgettable moments ：嘲笑这些尴尬、难忘的时刻
start fighting for what really matters to you. 开始争取对你真正重要的事情。
You overcome the fear of heights, darkness, spiders or even new food：你克服了恐高症,黑暗,蜘蛛甚至新的食品
one of the most enjoyable aspects of ：最有趣的方面之一
become more adventurous with ：成为更具冒险精神
You can finally take in all the pad thai, Italian pizza, Belgian macaroons and Chinese dumplings ：你终于可以在所有泰式炒米粉,意大利披萨,比利时的杏仁饼和中国的饺子
resist the temptation ：抵制诱惑
buy less souvenirs and useless gadgets：少买纪念品和无用的小玩意
travel companion ：旅行的同伴
face various problems：面临各种问题
make you stronger, braver and much more confident ：使你更坚强,更勇敢,更自信
can be a miserable, drama-filled time ：可能是一个痛苦的、充满戏剧性的时间
set off for ：往xxx出发
shapes your personality and gives you enormous possibilities to test yourself：塑造你的个性和给你巨大的可能性来测试自己
· People should spend money on traveling and vacation rather than saving money for future use.
· People should spend money on long-lasting things such as diamond rather than short-term pleasure such as vacation.
· (A/D)The best way to travel is in a group and leaded by a tour guide.
· What do you think contributes the most to an enjoyable vacation: good food, good location or traveling with good friends?