Imagine this. You’ve had a crazy work day. You’re headed home and there’s a long train journey ahead of you. You’re exhausted but also satisfied that you managed to meet all your deadlines. You manage to get a seat and finally feel relaxed. But even as you open the last chapter of one of the most exhilarating books you’ve read in a while, something is missing. The thrill, the rush for adventure and the want to experience something new. If you’ve related a little too well with my ‘imaginary’ rant (okay, this was so not imaginary), take my advice and plan your solo trip right about NOW. If you’re having second thoughts about it, let me tell you why it’ll totally be worth it.
No Extra Baggage
I don’t mean this in the literal sense. I mean, that too but that’s not what I was talking about. Take a moment to realise that you do not have to sing to anyone else’s tune. Especially after all the days you’ve spent listening to your Boss giving you work and ideas that more often than not are conflicting to yours. You don’t have to settle for someone else’s interest. You can literally do what you please. Isn’t that beautifully inspiring in a way?
Livin’ the moment
One thing I’ve learnt from the few trips I’ve been on, is that irrespective of where you are, you should witness at least one sunrise and one sunset. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as surreal as witnessing an everyday phenomenon but having a stunningly different experience. So, the next time you are at a cliff or the beach (Beaches are my personal favourites!) and you witness your first sunset of the day, take a deep breath, take it all in and remember, it’s the little moments like these that’ll be your moments of inspiration.
Say Hi to ‘Me 2.0’
You’ll be on a solo trip but not lonely. You’ll discover parts of yourself that will surprise you. It’ll come as a slow realization but it will come that every time you’ve held yourself back, it’s because of what you think other people will think. When you’re traveling solo, who the hell cares? Because the mantra to remember is – what happens on a solo trip, stays in the solo trip.
On my way back, I took a moment to soak my beautiful trip in. I let the culture, the views, the sunsets, the sunrises engulf me with no air to breathe because that’s when I felt the most alive. I met a lot of people on this trip but my favourite one to meet was me – a girl who was ready to take on the world by herself, simply because she could. She wasn’t afraid to get lost, she wasn’t terrified of the unfamiliar places and faces, she didn’t feel skeptical about trying new things. So, make 2020 your year – stop reading this article and go make some plans. I promise, they’ll be worth it.
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