Traveling solo is an adventure you should try at least once in your lifetime. And for Ines Cano Uribe, going on an adventure in a foreign land on your own is something we should all try—for personal growth, if nothing else. Even if you go to the same place you’ve been to with your friends before, going solo gives you a completely different experience.
Here are the reasons why:
1. You have the freedom to choose your own adventure. When you travel solo, your time is your own, and as such, you can do as you please. You can take your time enjoying the sights, meeting locals, discovering unbeaten paths, and basically simply taking in all that your destination has to offer without having others to think about. Don’t feel like going out today? Lounge on the balcony and enjoy the day with views of the outside world from the comfort of your room. Suddenly feel like a leisurely stroll at the park? Grab your favorite book and sit on the bench once you’ve had your pleasant walk. Do as you please.
2. You learn new things about yourself. In solitude, you begin to discover parts of you that you may not have otherwise known about had you come with a group. There’s something about being in a new place and enjoying peace and silence that affords you the opportunity to hear your own thoughts. And as you go on your adventures and explorations, you begin to discover strengths that have been buried deep within you; drowned by the hustle and bustle of your busy life, and noise from the crowd.
3. You have the freedom to be you. With no one to think about and being a stranger to practically everyone around you, the labels that your life back home has attached to you all disappear. In a foreign land, you’re not just a parent, a career-driven individual, or someone whose life has become so predictable that your neighborhood café already knows what you’re going to order even before you reach the counter. In a foreign land, you’re simply…you.
So the next time you plan for a holiday, Ines Cano Uribe suggests that you go solo this time around.