Traveling alone has its perks
Posted on Thursday 21 July 2011
Sometimes, when you have to get away, you have to get away from it all - including even friends and family. While surrounding yourself with loved ones is usually a healthy and fantastic way to enjoy your life and blow off steam, traveling alone from time to time can provide you with more relaxation benefits than if you brought your whole caravan of buddies along. A recent article in The Times of India explains why and how you should plan the single vacation of your dreams.
Traveling alone is an entirely different experience than vacationing with others for many reasons - some apparent and some less so. The most obvious perk of taking a vacation by yourself is that your time belongs solely to you. On a one person vacation, there are no suggestions from others, no whims or interests of friends to take into consideration and best of all, no one complaining that they would prefer to being doing something else while you attempt to enjoy your selected activity. When traveling alone, what you do - or don't do - each day is entirely up to you and no one else.
According to the news source, it can take a lot of courage to plan a trip by yourself, but it is worth doing at least once in your life. Think of the incredible confidence boost that will result from returning home refreshed, relaxed and in one piece, knowing that you can be self-sufficient and happy about it. The increase in self-esteem that results from solo-vacations is one major perk of planning such a trip, as is the improved decision-making skills you are sure to develop after being on your own for a week.
Another perk that you may experience as a result of traveling alone is self-awareness. When we travel with others, we tend to follow the planned itinerary, let others decide the day's activities and generally just go with the flow. However, when on a solo-vacation, you decide what you want to do each day, plan your own itinerary and can talk - or not talk - to anyone that you want to. Instead of spending the week listening to your parents, friends or significant other discuss their thoughts and opinions, you can focus on your own. When you return, you may even feel like a new person: calm, confident and comfortable in your own skin.
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