Three Ways Solo Travel Makes You a Stronger, Smarter Person

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Thinking of travel might conjure backpacking excursions with college friends through Europe, or a romantic tour of waterfalls with your sweetheart in Jamaica, or maybe a family vacation to Disney World in Florida. And while all of these are fun travel examples, the subject of solo travel rarely crosses your mind. But perhaps it should. Keep reading to delve into why solo travel could make you a stronger, smarter, more independent and cultured person. Travel is Trial and Error; Ergo, You Learn from Your Experiences When you travel alone, you have to figure things out for yourself. Sure, you have locals and tour guides to educate you on your destinations, be them worldwide or nationwide. But in the end, you have to rely on your wits and experiences to get you from one destination to the next. You might fail—at least a couple of times, in many ways, but the trial-and-error part of solo travel comes in knowing and growing from those iffy experiences and striving to make better, knowledgeable ones.

In the events of solo travel, failing might be budgeting the wrong amount for a world destination, or booking a bad hotel in an unsavory part of a nearby town. It happens. Make New Friends and Immerse Yourself in New Cultures When you travel anywhere, you have the opportunity to learn about the different cultures, legends, and histories of your destinations. And you don’t have to travel the whole world. You could immerse yourself in cultures that are new to you by simply visiting historic places within your country. For example, if you live on the west coast of the United States, take a road trip to the east coast, or vice versa. Plus, you could make new friends that could turn into lifelong bonds, so you have reason to go back to those destinations time and again. Solo Travel Boosts Confidence and Self-Esteem According to psychological and psychiatric research, when you embark on solo travel, you are making the conscious decision to boost your confidence, hone your self-esteem, and perfect your independence. You learn that you have immense motivation and intellectual abilities that would have otherwise been buried if you had stayed at home. Solo travel opens up the world to you because you can explore, with nothing holding you back, as you see fit.

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