1 | Learn from other cultures
You can read about other cultures, but actually experiencing a culture is completely different. Don’t get me wrong I’m a book worm and we get so much precious information and insight from books, but travel exposes you to people and lifestyles that are completely different than anything you’ve probably encountered back at home. You learn new ways of doing things, new ways of engaging with people and think.
2 | How to live in the moment
People often spend more time worrying about the future…Travelling, however, makes you stop and just enjoy the moment. The difference between experiencing every second of your life instead of dwelling on things out of your control is palpable and it’s a lesson that’s one of the most important to take back home.
3 | How to Be Lonely
You will get lonely traveling by yourself. Anyone who tells you differently is lying. But loneliness gets a bad rap. Understanding my own pace, rhythms, and preferences has impacted every corner of my life, including where and how I live. We so rarely have time to be still, to be with ourselves. Traveling solo gives that gift.
4 | Same Same But Different
No matter your location, language, culture and skin color everyone wants the same. Have a happy life, be safe, have a good balance with work and family life. Once you travel, you realize that the entire globe is all striving towards the same goal: happiness.
5 | The world is a safe place
We turn on the TV and it’s hard to not start thinking that the entire world is a scary, dangerous place, but in all honesty nothing could be further from the truth.
Danger is always out there, but you have just as likely of a chance of having something bad happen to you in the perceived safety of your home as you do abroad, so why let your fear inhibit you?
6 | We are more capable than we ever thought you could be
People always say that travel is a transformative experience, and I think that all stems from realising that you are capable of far more than you ever could have imagined. Travel truly changes you, but in the absolute best way imaginable. Now, no matter what’s thrown at me, I know I am capable of rising to the challenge and, most importantly, accomplishing it, mistakes and all.
7 | There’s no place like home
Travelling is a deeply rewarding experience, and I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a place I’ve been to. With all that being said, and as much as I enjoy a good holiday, there’s nothing like coming home, either be in Portugal or Australia. Traveling to other places reminds me that both countries are is absolutely awesome.
8 | Everyday problems aren’t really “problems”
It’s easy to get caught up in your own little world, where small things like traffic or spilling coffee on your favourite skirt are life-shattering, but once you travel you realise that your problems really aren’t that much of a problem. Seeing how the rest of the world lives first-hand in comparison to you makes you realise that you are beyond lucky to live the life you lead.
9 | Stay humble
Our whole lives we’ve been told just how important and one-of-a-kind we are. Once we travel we realize that’s kind of bogus. The world is a giant place, and we each just make up a tiny part of it. You, as complex as your life may be, are just background noise to the person sitting next to you on the train.
10 | Boosted my confidence
When you travel, you have to manage so many things on your own – from booking accommodation to deciding where to eat and lots of other things that you do independently. At the end of the day, there is a sense of achievement that you have explored a destination on your own and that’s a big deal!
11 | Independence
Traveling by myself has taught me things I couldn’t learn anywhere else. I learned how I like to spend my time, self-reliance, and I learned that I could go (just about) anywhere and do (just about) anything. And no one can take that knowledge or independence from me. It’s freedom.
The only way to try traveling solo is to book a ticket. Just go.
12 | How to Make Friends
All that being said about loneliness, you will meet people on your journey. Traveling alone forces us outside of our comfort zones, which makes us more receptive to new people and experiences. And solo travelers are less intimidating and more approachable than groups.
13 | Patience
I have never travel without something doesn’t go wrong. I’ve lost my luggage, gotten hopelessly confused with directions, my motorbike brokedown, had nowhere to sleep. In general, life doesn’t always go according to plan, even when you’re on a holiday. Learning how to deal with the curveballs traveling throws your way teaches you how to be a more patient person in your every day life.