Updated: 07/26/2018 | July 26th, 2018
“Joe, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked as we sat playing video games.
“No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.”
“के? You aren’t going to Australia? We’ve been planning this holiday for months!” I was stupified.
“Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other time.”
Over the coming weeks, I attempted to get my pal to reconsider, but to no avail. When Joe changed his mind, he changed his mind. Our trip to Australia — our big post-college adventure — was off.
And none of my pals wanted to replace him.
If I wanted to travel, it would have to be on my own.
So, in 2004, I left by myself to Costa Rica. It was that trip that planted the travel bug in me. It was that trip that helped inspire me to travel more, check out Thailand, and quit my job to travel the world.
Joe not going was the best thing that ever happened to me.
But him not going was a pattern that has repeated itself consistently over the years. While a few pals have joined me here and there along the way, a lot more typically than not, plans to meet pals in far-flung places don’t pan out. When it comes down to the wire, “something” always comes up and they’re unexpectedly too busy, change their mind, or can’t afford it.
It’s taught me that if I wait for others, I’ll never go anywhere.
There are places I want to go, people to see, experiences to have, and food to try — and only so much time to accomplish it all.
So I refuse to wait. I won’t let others keep me from realizing my dreams.
It can be scary traveling alone, especially when you’ve never done it before. But, to me, growing old without experiencing everything you want from life is even scarier.
If you’ve been putting off a trip because you’re waiting for someone to opt for — stop. जाउ। Don’t let others hold you back from your dreams. depend on me, along the way you’ll make plenty of friends — from other solo travelers who thought “Screw it, if I don’t go, I’ll never go” to locals interested in meeting new people.
I’ve found that you’re never alone when you travel. I anxious that if I didn’t travel with friends, I’d be alone. I’d never make any friends. but it turns out you make so lots of on the road that you have to go out of your way to be alone! You’re regularly surrounded by people!
Solo travel gives you utmost freedom. You wake up and it’s just you — what you want, where you want, when you want. in that freedom and limitless space of possibility, you meet yourself. You hit the limits of what you like and don’t like. There’s no one to pull you in any one direction or override your reasons. want sushi? get sushi. want to leave? छोड। want to try bungee jumping? choose it.
It’s sink or swim and you have to learn how to survive — who to trust, how to make friends, how to find your way around alone. That’s the greatest reward of solo travel: the personal growth. Each time you go away, you learn to become a little a lot more independent, confident, and in tune with your emotions and desires.
Solo travel is not for everyone. Some people return home soon after departing, others cry for weeks before embracing it, and some just embrace it ideal away. but you’ll never learn that if you don’t travel once by yourself. Whether a weekend away, a two-week vacation, or trip around the world, try it at least once.
Don’t wait for people or hold back from living your dreams. You could be waiting a long time until someone finally says yes. There’s only now — and if you don’t go, you’ll regret it.
Because if I hadn’t stopped waiting, I’d still be in my cubicle, trying to convince Joe to go to Australia and wondering if I’d ever get to see the world.
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Book Your Trip: Logistical ideas and Tricks
तपाईंको उडान किताब
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तपाईंको आवास बुक गर्नुहोस्
तपाईं होस्टेलवर्ल्डको साथ तपाईंको होस्टल बुक गर्न सक्नुहुनेछ। If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the least expensive rates for guesthouses and hotels.
Don’t forget travel Insurance
Travel insurance will secure you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s detailed protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it lots of times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
सेभेरेडिंग (सबैको लागि उत्तम)
मेरो यात्रा बीमा (ती of0 भन्दा बढीको लागि)
Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)
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तपाईं यात्रा गर्न को लागी सबै भन्दा राम्रो कम्पनीहरु को लागी मेरो स्रोत पृष्ठ जाँच गर्नुहोस्। जब म यात्रा गर्दछु म सबैलाई सूचीबद्ध गर्दछु। तिनीहरू कक्षामा सबै भन्दा राम्रो हुन् र तपाईं तिनीहरूलाई तपाईंको यात्रामा गलत गर्न सक्नुहुन्न।