Sometimes, when we are sad and bored, we just feel like packing bags, wearing boots, and leave for an unknown destination. But then, within some hours, the plan fails- sometimes we don’t have money to travel and many times we don’t have friends to go with. Well, we know that Traveling alone is always an option, it even sounds great for an Instagram hashtag but somehow we are always afraid to go alone. Traveling alone has its own pros and cons, and today we will learn all of them.
Advantages of Alone Traveling
1. Discover yourself
This might sound cliche, but it’s not wrong. We are always trying to figure out who we really are. But the people around us, our friends and family will always have some kind of influence on our thinking. But when you are traveling to unknown remote land ( like exploring the trails to Everest) alone, you get to know your strength and weakness. Traveling alone is the best way to figure your true self.
2. Build confidence
Traveling alone is a great way to build your confidence. You will never know your capabilities until you push yourself hard enough. Walking alone, eating alone in a restaurant, and sleeping all by yourself might sound sad, but in the end, it helps you grow as a person.
3. Random plans
The best and most exciting thing about solo traveling is flexible plans. If you feel like walking, you can walk. If you don’t, you can crash at the same place for days. You can change your plans anytime with your mood. You can fly to Chitwan and if you get bored, just drive towards Pokhara.
4. Getting to know others
When we travel in a group, we are so occupied among ourselves and we do not notice other people’s passing by. But when you are traveling alone you want to know the lady planting paddy in the terrace fields and the waiter serving you dinner. You are open to interaction with locals and other people you met in the trail. This is a great plus.
5. Learn more
While traveling alone, you will learn more about the place. The tiny details like trees and animals in the surrounding will have your attention. You are also more likely to remember the place you travel and know it’s detailing.
Disadvantages of Alone Traveling
1. It’s expensive
It’s a fact the solo traveling is slightly more expensive than traveling in a group. You will have to pay for the room and cab all by yourself. The costs of food are also quite high when you don’t have anyone to share with. Sharing a cab with other people and living the hostel or dorms can reduce the costs. Dorms are available in a popular city like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan.
2. It’s risky
Nepal is considered a safe place for solo travelers. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. The climate can be harsh or you might face some accident. You need to be extra careful while talking to strangers, carry pepper spray, or a small knife for protection and immediately sent alerts to friends or family. Always give priority to your personal safety.
3. Fewer photos
When you travel alone, you will mostly capture your surroundings. Photos of solo traveling can be a hit on Instagram, but talking to strangers every time you want your photo is difficult.
4. You will miss people
The whole point of alone traveling is giving time to yourself. But that doesn’t stop your mind from thinking about people you could travel with. You will definitely miss your friends or family back home.
5. Avoiding people is hard
When you are alone, you immediately grab the attention of other people around you. The negativity is flying all around. You should learn to avoid those creepy people and deal with confidence.
Traveling alone is a fun and life-changing experience. But at the same time, you need to be extra careful and focus on personal safety. Believe in yourself and make this journey happen.
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