Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone – Paul Tillich
Solo trips are a new upcoming concept to grip the gen next. However, there are still people who have their inhibitions regarding the idea and often chicken out despite making brave plans for the same. Though it is always good to have company while travelling, yet no company like the company of self. Besides, solo travelling has several advantages that a group travel misses out on. Being surrounded by familiar faces for the better part of the year, a solo camping trip helps you unwind and connect with yourself. If this is not reason enough to pack those bags and have small sojourn with your favourite person—you, then enumerated below are a few reasons that are sure to make you change your mind.
The first and the most important reason to head out on a solo trip or an offbeat adventure is the need to connect with yourself. In the humdrum of daily life, you hear and adhere to everyone’s demands. Heading out away from all these people for a while allows you to slow down and hear your inner voice. To make some time and sit with yourself and your own thoughts. Figure out the deeper meanings of the life and self. The voice that had hitherto been overpowered by other voices finally comes to the fore and you allow it to come out. Nothing can beat this experience of unwinding. Not even the best of company.
Back in our city and home, we are surrounded by all the familiar faces and the idea of entertaining strangers seems like an unnecessary hassle. Solo travel changes this concept and for the better. On your camping trips, during alternative stays or when trekking you meet people who are strangers to you. Their language, their culture, tradition—all of it is alien to you. But since you are alone and human by virtue of his very nature seeks socialisation, you will eventually reach out to them or allow them to reach out to you and by the end of your trip, you will have a whole new set of travelling buddies from different parts of the world.
Develop a Sound Networking
Meeting strangers is also advantageous to you on several levels. Sometimes we tend to meet the right kind of people at the right time, thanks to our decision to brave the fear and head out on a solo trip. Maybe you meet someone who can connect you to someone else for a dream job you had so ardently been working for but failed miserably at. Or maybe you find someone who could give you a sound advice on an issue you had been struggling with since past few weeks. The possibilities are endless and can only be explored if you chose to take that first step. So if not for pleasure, head out for work.
One of the biggest reasons people drop out on the best-laid plans of solo trips is their attachment to a sense of familiarity. A solo trip helps you step out of your comfort zone. If you are anywhere as near a social recluse as I am then the biggest challenge will be encountering and interacting with unknown people. Be it the fellow campers or even shopkeepers, drivers or any other form of creatures that need even a minimal human interaction to get your work done. A solo trip is sure to help you shed that hesitation. Then there are those activities you put up on your to-do list but never got around to because too uncomfortable. With no one agreeing to and fuelling your fears, there is a very good chance you will take the risk of attempting it. Of course, a cute fellow traveller to impress is always an added advantage, not to mention one more way of getting out of your comfort zone.
Learn Decision Making
Often on a solo trip, you come across certain events or situations that require you to think on your feet and make prompt, calculated and prudent decisions. It is in situations like this that your possibly dormant problem-solving skills may kick in. Since there is nobody to take a call for you but yourself, your mind goes into an auto pilot mode seeking out the best possible way to get you out of any sticky situation. You are alert and aware of your surroundings despite all your charming interactive social skills. Basically, your survival instinct is at an all-time high, which is a positive thing.
After taking the first step of stepping out to travel with yourself, having interacted with absolute strangers, negotiating your way through several shopkeepers and touts, finally attempting that activity you always thought you will, taking prompt decisions building up confidence is the inevitable side effect. After an experience as rich as a solo travel, you feel like you can manage just about anything. So obviously when you return home, you return a newly rejuvenated version of your old self. Better, stronger and more confident.
This sums up your entire adventure tourism. It will be nothing short of an enriching experience. No matter how your first attempt at solo travel went, if you have come back home to tell the story, chances are likely that you have come back a changed and an evolved person than you left. The experiences of the trip are sure to teach you the above-noted qualities and there are zero exceptions to this rule. The picture you take will capture a visible moment, but the experiences you ingrained within yourself are etched on your soul forever.
So, whether you have done it before, or it is your first time, solo travel should be on your list of things to accomplish. It is sure to offer you a lot more than the value for money, try value for your time. You can undertake camping trip to Kerala as the state is perfect for solo trips, bachelor camping or family camping. Besides, a little solitude is always better every now and then for self-growth, Arthur Schopenhauer puts it, “Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.”