The 7 good reasons to go on a solo holiday
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.
Do you like this article? Share it:
A getaway, an escape, an emancipation which, sometimes, can be necessary to (re)build yourself.
Raise the sail to think, gain height to untie from daily life.
Of course, it can be complicated to jump in the water or to climb this mountain, because fear, apprehension and doubts are omnipresent, especially when you are a woman.
Your sister worries about you, your children don't understand you, your parents dissuade you.
Perhaps you are even personally worried about going on a solo holiday.
Going out of your comfort zone, even when you have already experienced it, remains a difficult exercise for all of us, and you never really know what to expect beyond your own limits.
This is probably why you have been looking for this text. A comfort, a motivation, a good reason to start this project that frightens you.
After all, it is a first step to realise your project : you have decided to take a serious look at it and to look for that inspiration you are missing.
That's how all great dreams come true: make a start.
This is your start, your boat to raise the sail and throw yourself into the water, your first step to gain height and climb that mountain.
It doesn't matter where you go: you only depend on yourself. A freedom of choice, a freedom of movement, a total freedom which is rarely accessible to us in our daily lives.
On our work, which keeps us busy all day long, "I have to complete this dossier by tomorrow!"; on our family, which revolves around our presence "Mom, what are we eating tonight?"; in our society, which requires an image to respect "The holidays are approaching, but thanks to this revolutionary method, you won't gain a kilo.”
We depend on the gaze of the others, on their opinions, on their comments. Each day is punctuated by a set of factors that prevent us from evolving fully by ourselves.
Taking the direction we want, managing all situations in our own way, deciding for ourselves without any influence.
A lightweight parenthesis in a life where we often feel under pressure, held by different imperatives which are even more strict for women still today subject to too many codes.
A precursory quotation of a freedom that is even more invaluable for us, women.
If you agree on that, why not giving that freedom to women by offering them your home for a night during their journey ?
Sharing your home for a night is the best way to help women's empowerment.
Yes, we can reach our destination without someone guiding us.
Yes, we can find a solution without calling for help.
What could be more rewarding than succeeding on your own?
You will no longer be afraid to trust yourself and to embrace your next projects : you will know your true worth, much higher than the esteem you had before.
Of course, you will not be indestructible - but you will understand that you can also assert yourself... like a man.
Yet, when you go on a solo holiday, the opportunities to meet, share and exchange with locals or other travellers are greater.
Loneliness will help you to meet others, whereas on a trip with friends, you will tend to isolate yourself with your partner... This is what I've experienced while going on a trip with travel buddies.
In the restaurant you will have time to make a conversation with the waiter, in the shop you can chat with the craftsman... You can even talk with other travellers along the way, and advise them on itineraries and must-do visits.
A solo trip is not just a succession of visits: it is also an introspection.
You will have time to get to know yourself, and by that I mean the real you, the one who doesn't always show up to others, the one you often put aside to better adapt to your environment.
In the end, I managed to find the right way: and I didn't get lost once.
I became aware that I have always had this resourcefulness in me, but that I have simply never had the opportunity to exploit it.
Why is that?
Because in my daily life my father, boyfriend or friends have always tended to impose themselves without letting me handle anything.
But when you go on a solo holiday, you are confronted to so many new situations that you grow up and change even more quickly.
You never come back completely the same from a solo trip, even for a short period of time.
For my part, I came back from my holiday with a brand new self-confidence.
I know that I am much better at orientation than I thought I was, and much more resourceful.
I feel like I have grown up, from a girl who was bad at geography to a young woman with an excellent sense of direction, in just ten days.
A solo stroll through the city streets, a quiet hike in the mountains, it's all about you and the place.
No external element that can disconnect you from your contemplation, no disruptive element in your immersion.
You'll agree: it's difficult for two people to get into a bathtub... And you enjoy it much more when you're alone.
A destination is the same thing. It's easier to slip into it when you're alone, because you can take full advantage of the space around you and soak it up. Better to prepare it anyway: that's why there are 10 tips to organise your first solo travel.
We get out of our everyday life to penetrate the others routines: a change that allows us to explore other stimulating habits and settings.
When I was sixteen, I went alone to Italy, where I met a wonderful young girl. She later introduced me to her region, the Como Lake, through her own eyes, her own habits, her own daily life. An immersion in her home region that blended me into the scenery. Her region gradually became mine... And little by little, Como Lake became my own warm bath.
No sacrifice to please your friend, no compromise to satisfy your son.
You will be able to program your visits according to your own interests, and then organise a stay that suits you.
A 100% personalised holiday, in accordance with your own expectations.
The destination depends only on your dreams (where to go travelling alone? You can find the perfect destination for you); the itinerary, only on your preferences; the flavours, only on what you like.
If you really want to please yourself, look no further: the only way to fully satisfy yourself is to listen to yourself, and only yourself.
In fact, there is nothing selfish about wanting to go on a solo holiday, because there is nothing selfish about wanting to refocus on yourself when you feel the need to do so.
Why not discovering which travel friend is made for you to know if you're made to travel alone ?
It is more than natural, in my opinion, to want to take advantage of this break to reconnect with yourself.
These questions are central to our lives because they ultimately define the meaning we want to give to this (short) life.
They are legitimate questions that we can only ask ourselves when we have the time to.
Going on a solo holiday is a true opportunity to breathe and to refocus on yourself, on what you want, on what you aspire to. "Just me, myself and I" is not selfish or narcissistic - it is a need to evolve in the right direction.
Let's make the effort to listen to ourselves.
But you'd also be surprised to find that it's when you get lost that you find yourself again.
So it's not a question of being fearless: it is about accepting this fear of the unknown to take the plunge while you still have the chance to.
To better reassure you, there are many travel advice for a solo trip to know.
I don't know about you, but personally, I have always had the impression that a little girl who once dreamed of adventure, of great epics, of beautiful explorations, slumbered within me.
You have often tried to make those around you proud of yourself: so, if you are like me, make this little girl proud of what she has become, too.