10 Reasons to Take a Solo Gap Year
The thought of travelling solo may bring up many worries or fears, however once the steps to overtake those concerns have been made, there isn’t an experience quite like it. Here are ten reasons why you should take the deep breath and go for that trip.
5 Reasons – While On Your Journey
1. The Chance to Meet New Faces
When preparing to do on a date or meeting someone for the first time, the thought of wondering whether there’ll be any socially awkward moments may come into your head. When you travel, the chances of that happening are low; whether meeting couples or fellow solo travellers, you’re all there for similar purposes and experiences. The opportunity to meet and have fun with people you’ve never socialised with before will always be there. This is also the case when mixing with the locals, who most of the time would be happy to find out about your cultural background as much as you would like to learn theirs.
2. Financial Freedom – Do What You Want & When You Want
Ever worry about where and how to spread on your budget on others? In this case, you’ll be free from that concern. Whatever money you’ve saved is for you and to what you solely desire.
3. Opportunity to Learn About You
While away, you’ll encounter things you’ve never thought you’d ever do and achieve. The first being when you’ve made it to the outbound country of your choice – You did it, you’re there! You will probably find that your ability to take more chances will progress, no matter how small or terrifying; whether it’s simply taking the public transport, trying new foods, taking part in an extreme sport or a general exploration out into the countryside of your destination.
4. Don’t Think, Just Do – No Limits
There are risks in everything you do and where ever you go, so why hold yourself back? While away, you will probably find to be too busy to worry and just do whatever you’ve planned or anything that spontaneously you decide to do. This will get easier, your confidence will grow and the experiences will be limitless.
5. You’re there!
Ever thought of a place, country or continent you’ve always wanted to see but felt you were held back because of certain reasons? Perhaps your friends or no-one else would take that trip with you? Well you no longer need to have that on your mind either – you’re where you want to be; go ahead and thank yourself for that.
5 Reasons – After Your Journey
1. You Become Assertive with Your Decisions
The knowing you’ve just travelled thousands of miles away, crossed oceans and continents, gives the reminder that you’re able to make risky decisions and retrieve positive affirmations because of those decisions. This in addition gives you a clearer mind set of what you want and what you want to do with your life. You’re also assertive in how you’re going to get what you’re looking for but set on achieving it.
2. You Become More Adventurous
Ever wanted to skydive? Climb that mountain? Or scuba dive into some of the deep waters of the world? When you return, your comfort zone isn’t what it once was. In fact, it’s grown and you will want to expand it even more so, only this time, there’s a high possibility that you won’t be thinking twice doing it.
3. Fear No More? Possibly
Since you’ve overcome your fear of travelling solo, you might just find that any other anxieties you may have had before your trip have now disappeared. Seeing that you may have also gone somewhere amongst the most deadly of creatures and found yourself living to tell the tale; then depending where you reside from, that bug in the corner of the room doesn’t seem so intimidating anymore.
4. You Want to Do It All Again & More
You’ve done it once, now you’ll be eager to get back on that plane. “The world in 80 days” might just sound like the best thing to do.
5. The New You
Overall and whether you’ve gained or lost some tendencies, you will have returned as a brand new version of yourself. You will find you’ve grown as an individual and with your new risk-taking persona; any doubts you may have once had will lessen and replaced with positive prospects that will influence your life for the better; whether adventurous, socially and/or psychologically.
By Sebastian Watson