Sitting on a rocky cliff enjoying my own company watching the sunset over the ocean in Sri Lanka
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How Solo Travel Changed My Life And How It Can Change Yours Too

I don’t believe there is anything in this world that can teach you more about yourself than solo travel, it can change your entire life.

It’s not just about the incredible adventures you will have or the awesome people you will meet, it’s about the personal transformation you will go through along the way.

I suffered from lifestyle depression in my late teens and early twenties (as a lot of adolescents do) as a result of losing my father at a very young age and growing up with no dad. I felt cheated, and that led to a lot of anger and frustration, and I didn’t know how to control my emotions back then. I felt lost, lonely and sad.

I was a social kid growing up, I had a lot of friends in high school, and I loved to have fun, but at the same time, I was still timid and reserved outside my social circle. An introvert one could say. I remember getting my mum to call in sick to work for me as a teenager on multiple occasions because I was scared and nervous. I hated doing things myself.

I was a lost and confused young girl. I needed something in my life. I thought it was a relationship, and I experimented with that a couple of times but it wasn’t right for me.

Solo travel, however, changed everything.

Adventuring solo to find waterfalls in El Chaten in Patagonia, Argentina
Adventuring solo to find waterfalls in El Chaten in Patagonia, Argentina

I always knew that I would travel. It’s in my blood. My mum was a traveller and I grew up intrigued by her tales from the road. I guess I just never knew that I would form such a huge addiction that would change my life.

Here’s how solo travel changed my life, and how it can change yours too


Travelling Healed me

The world is big. Bigger than me, and I realised that to continue living in an unhappy state was a waste of a precious life. A life I was so lucky to have.

Solo travel changed my whole perspective on life. It shifted my mindset to see the positive, it taught me to manifest what I wanted and to be grateful for everything single little thing in this world.
It inspirited me to love myself and to love my life.

Travel was all I ever needed. And sometimes I still think it’s all I ever will need.

Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

My first day as a solo traveller at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles
My first day as a solo traveller at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

You become self-aware

I became aware of my emotions and how to deal with them and how to recognise new emotions that I didn’t understand. I discovered how far I could push myself physically, mentally and emotionally. I recognised the types of people that were good for me and the types of people that weren’t.

You will find your confidence

Solo travel forced me outside my comfort zone. I had no choice but to make conversation with strangers if I wanted to make friends and experience different cultures. You have to put yourself out there.
You’ll also find yourself in situations that make you scared or uncomfortable, like scuba diving for the first time or jumping out of an aeroplane 1400ft in the sky!

Skydiving for the first time in Mission Beach in Queensland, Australia
Skydiving for the first time in Mission Beach in Queensland, Australia

You will become extremely independent

Solo travel forced me to do things for my self and ask questions, and this completely changed the way I went about my daily life. This was essential in order to get by on the road. There was no more relying on my mum to do things for me. I had to navigate my way around countries where I didn’t speak the language, all by myself and I got comfortable being on my own. I actually can’t imagine what sharing my life with someone else would look like.
I do things by myself all the time, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

Sitting on a rocky cliff enjoying my own company watching the sunset over the ocean in Sri Lanka
Enjoying my own company watching the sunset in Sri Lanka

You become stronger

If there is one thing that you will come to understand when you travel long term, it’s that shit happens. And you have to be resilient. Whether that’s figuring out what the heck to do after getting robbed of your passport and all your money in a developing country or having your heart broken by a whirlwind love affair. You will find yourself dealing with a difficult situation at some stage of your travels. But if you remain positive, you will always come out the other side stronger.

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You will find out what you love to do and what you don’t love to do

Back when I was that emo twenty-year-old, I spent most of my spare time inside in front of the TV binge-watching Netflix. Now I don’t even have a Netflix account.
I found my love for the outdoors and adventurous activities. I crave the smell of fresh air and feeling the sun on my skin every day. And this is all because I’ve seen the incredibly diverse beauty that this earth has to offer.

At the top of The King's Throne in Kluane National Park in the Yukon, Canada
At the top of The King’s Throne in Kluane National Park in the Yukon, Canada

In conclusion

Solo travel has had a significant impact on my life. Even after five years of travelling solo, I’m still learning, growing and changing, and that is something that solo travel will always provide.
I believe that everyone should take a solo trip once in their life, even if you don’t think you need it. Spending some quality time with yourself and getting in touch with yourself every once in a while can change your whole outlook on life and the way you choose to live.

Has solo travel changed your life in some way?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

Sammy xx


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