Why every woman should travel solo at least once!
This June I did it! I finally took a leap of faith and wandered off to Istanbul – Alone. It was my first time traveling solo, but I had been tired of waiting for friends and family to make up their mind and was exhausted from work. After contemplating for months whether it was safe or not, I just booked and the day of my 4-day solo adventure had arrived. Istanbul had just recently been the victim of multiple attacks and tourism in the city had slown down, however I knew it was the perfect get-away for me and like they say: No risk, no fun… My solo trip turned out be the best experience abroad I have had in a looong time and that thanks to the following points and I’m sure some of you guys can add many more!!!
1. You can do whatever YOU want!
When you travel solo, the only person you need to consider is yourself. So you get to chose whatever Restaurant you are in the mood for. You get to to sleep as long or short as you want. And most importantly can have the window seat on the airplane, bus or else without offending anyone.
2. Everybody is nice to you
Hahaha my imagination might have gone wild, but I promise you guys everybody is nice to you when you are travelling solo. Not sure, if they think you don’t have any friends or are a lonely maid/guy that can’t manage to find love. However, people just invest more time in you. I had plenty of waiters, taxi drivers and people on the street showing great interest in my journey, helping me with all sorts of questions and inviting me to family dinners.
3. You get closer to yourself
Ever felt like you can’t hear your thoughts? When you are required to spend a weekend or more with yourself, you start listening to your heart, your mind and your body. You get inspired by the people and environment around you and the only person to share it with, well is yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring an urban city or cycling through the alps, at one point you will understand what drives you, motivates you and opens your hearts and will ultimately learn so much about yourself.
4. Hell yea, I did it!
That will be your constant mood for weeks to come. There’s no better feeling than the feeling of accomplishing a challenge and travelling solo, especially in a country with a foreign language is noooot easy. You grow up instantly and feel like no one can tell you anything after that.
5. You leave alone but you won’t be lonely
Last but not least the most important reason to travel solo is that you will meet amazing people along the way. On my trip to Istanbul I met so many great people, that I would never have been open to connect with if I would have been with a friend. The time we spend was intense and we became very familiar to each other. I might not get to see all of them again, but I know we will keep in touch through social media (thank god for Facebook right) or even meet up in each others countries again.
So if you have ever considered to go away Solo, but been afraid or indecisive, trust me it might turn out to be the best thing you’ll ever do!
Story by Justine from #Travelbff
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