Many graduates, but also people who are already working, decide to go on a trip by themselves. Is it a trend? Definitely. But there are so many advantages about it.
In September 2014 I travelled to London to do a Cambridge English language course. I wanted to experience how it felt travelling alone and because of the importance of the English language nowadays, I found it a perfect reason to combine these two and doing something useful during my trip.
Moving to London was until that moment the hardest thing I had ever done; it was extremely out of my comfort zone. And exactly that part of it made me learn a lot about myself. I came back with new experiences, a handful of international friends and a lot more confidence.
So, in a nutshell, 4 reasons why you should travel by yourself:
1. This may sound a little cliché, but you learn a lot about yourself when you’re travelling alone. Sometimes, there’s no one to talk to, so you will think about things. You will also notice in what kind of ways you deal with different situations. How about making contact with people who also don’t speak English very well?
2. How cool is it to say that, because you wanted to, you decided to go on a trip on your own? You arranged everything yourself, you paid for it and you gave yourself this chance. The opportunities are endless. The world is your playground.
3. You will meet much more people when you’re travelling alone. In London, I lived together with a lot of people, including two girls who came together. They were not opening up to the rest of their roommates at all. For this reason, they were never really part of the group. Not adventurous at all! Plus, when you go to another country to learn English, it’s not very smart to be with someone who’s speaking the exact same language as you do.
4. Even though you’re not at home, you will get an impression of the relationship you have with family and friends in your home country. Sometimes you think you will stay in touch with people, but actually, they never ask how you’re doing or what it’s like to live or travel abroad. This will also work the other way around: people you expect nothing from, will sometimes show a lot more interest than you would think.
So, if you’ve always wanted to travel by yourself, just do it! You will gain a lot of experience and it will be something you can be proud of for the rest of your life.
Q: Have you ever travelled by yourself? Or are you planning to?