"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
Even though I love sharing fun memories on the road with friends, I have to say there is a a sense of freedom that you get to live when you travel alone that is worth experience it, at least once in your life. Here's a few reasons to take the leap and just do it!
Discover the magic outside your comfort zone
It can be scary to pack your bags and go solo on the road. Fear of the unknown is often what blocks us to go after our dreams & desires because we don't know what will happen. We make up stories in our heads of how our decisions could turn out. It's one way of seeing it. You could also instead appreciate the unknown as a new adventure, as a way to spice up your life. We can plan things but in the end we never know for sure if it will go the way we want to, so let go of the need to control and try to just be and live in the present moment. And before you know it, fear changes into excitement. Savor the bliss of not knowing where you'll be the next day or what you'll be doing. You will have to rely on yourself, and this will bring an enormous sense of confidence, courage and trust - that you can indeed do it on your own.
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost
Oh it's such a special kind of freedom. An overwhelming sense of wanderlust, of happiness, of being yourself. You're free to go wherever you feel like it. Fly like a bird. Be spontaneous. Go where the wind takes you. Get lost at the market, lose track of time while listening to the sound of waves, spend the day in a hammock while reading a great book, enjoy your company while eating a delicious meal at a cozy cafe with live music.
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." Jawaharial Nehru
Be your own best friend
"If you're lonely when you're alone. You're in bad company." Jean-Paul Sartre. This quote has always resonated with me. Become your own very best friend. Friends or family aren't always available to travel with you, or maybe they just aren't interested in the same places as you. Don't wait to find someone to do the things you want to do. There are so many amazing things to see in this world. Just go and do it! You will regret not having done them. You will be happily surprised that you can have fun by yourself and it will bring you great joy.
“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” Maxwell Maltz
Meet the adventurers
By traveling alone, you'll be more open to meet people on the road with you and start a conversation with a stranger- hopefully you'll choose a friendly one! Lot of people are traveling solo and you'll cross paths with the globetrotters, the wanderers, the dreamers, the gypsies. I always like hearing about their stories. Watch the stars while talking about life and giggle of excitement while making a wish on a shooting star. I had one of the best time with 2 adventurers in Bali where we laughed until our belly hurts. It's these moments.. made out of magic dust.
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore" Andre Gide
Find your self
Discovering hidden paths, experiencing new things, following your heart and intuition can lead to a deeper understanding of who you are and in the midst of your travel, you can find yourself and fall in love with your life. It happened to me and it lead me to find my passion. While traveling, you let your mind wander, you let your soul speak and serendipity leads you exactly where you need to be. Breathe and sit in stillness while it happens.
"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself." Unknown
A story that inspire me and makes me want to jump on the next plane... or boat ;)
I'll leave you with this beautiful creative work of art that brings sparkles to my heart & soul.