It was a mere few days into my first trip overseas with my
boyfriend ex boyfriend when I had already sensed this would be a long six weeks. We were headed for Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East – a trip which to me, as a long time traveller didn’t seem too difficult… but for a first timer to all of these continents (he had only ever left Australia to visit the USA), it was a huge journey ahead.
So here I was, a mere few days into the trip, already battling with the extra effort required to travel with another person – waiting for them to get out of bed in the mornings, wanting to see alternative attractions, wanting to take alternative routes, one of us had blisters, the other wanted to keep walking…. you get the idea.
We broke up shortly after we returned home — so there you have it. Point blank. I was a) not in the right relationship and b) knew I was more suited to solo travel and thought about the ‘glory days’ getting lost in cobblestone streets by myself a mere year earlier.
Relationship deal breakers. Article continues after this video.
So I was from that moment sold on the idea of travelling solo again… but this time for an entire year.
Why All Women Should Travel Solo
…It’s a heavy title and subtitle to adequately answer and while I don’t have ALL the reasons, I do have some great ones that I have taken away from my travels.
After convincing myself that solo was the only way for me to go (at this stage of my life), I booked a one-way flight to London on the day of my graduation from University….. & I’m now writing this post 7 months later as I get ready to board yet another flight, this time travelling from Miami to the Caribbean for a 10 day adventure. Here’s everything important to me that explains why I so adamantly claim all women should travel solo at least once in their lives…
Solo Travel Makes you More Confident
If you’re lacking in self-confidence, it can have serious effects on your livelihood. Without confidence in yourself you are likely to question your decisions thus being indecisive, seek reconfirmation in others, and never follow your own decisions and life path. Solo travel will not only help you gain self confidence ‘back in the real world’, it will leave you to feel more confident than you ever thought capable. You will walk to the beat of your own drum because you have seen the world, conquered challenges on your own, and learned to rely on yourself and yourself only.