Here’s why you should travel alone when you’re young

1. You can travel cheap – Only when you’re young can you manage living out of a backpack in a dorm room of a traveler’s hostel and not complain about it. Or skip a meal and get through the entire day without much inconvenience. Or pitch your own tent on the go to spend a night under the stars with your new found buddies.

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2. Give yourself a chance to grow – Trapped in the endless rut of everyday life, rarely do you ever get a chance to do something exciting or new. You are stuck within the walls of your comfort-zone. When you travel, you get a chance to push your boundaries and learn real life lessons, have life changing experiences and forge friendships that last a lifetime. You also come back home with a fresh perspective on the world.  And most importantly, you will have a brand new take on everyday challenges.

3. You’ll get to know yourself better – While traveling, you will have several new experiences. You will also be put in situations where you get to really know your strengths, weakness, likes, dislikes etc. At times, you will be put in situations where you come to know what you’re really capable of. And more often than not, you will surprise you own self. If you never travel alone, you will never know.

4. Boost your confidence – When you’ve traveled to faraway places alone, lived out of a backpack, had drinks with that friendly hippie at the bar, gone to that nude beach which was far less intimidating that you thought it would be and had some crazy adventure trips and all of this without your friends or family, it is a huge boost to your self-confidence.

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5. You’ll meet incredible people – Perhaps the greatest thing about solo traveling is that you will make some amazing friends on the go, some of whom you may connect with on a different level altogether. You may even share some amazing experiences with them. Some solo travelers are lucky enough to find love that lasts them a lifetime. Young people make friends in no time so do it while you’re still young!

6. Acquire amazing social skills – When you’re traveling alone, you can’t spend all the time by yourself. At some point, you will have to strike up conversations with random strangers. And although it may feel immensely awkward at first, slowly it will come naturally to you. Even back home your enhanced social skills will help you a lot in everyday life.

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7. You’re running on a full tank – Only in your 20s will you be able to party till 2 a.m. and wake up early the next day to go on a hike, still feeling fresh and energetic. Not to mention, your career is still in its nascent stage and you can go on multiple vacations since you have way fewer responsibilities. There will not be a better time than this!

8. You will have amazing stories to tell – As oddly satisfying, talking on the same subject with your friends daily must feel, sharing your solo travel experiences with them will be far more awe-inspiring and interesting.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Do you believe travelling alone is as blissful as we think it is? Let us know in the comments section below.

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