“To wander is to be alive.”
― Roman Payne,
The idea of traveling solo, goes way deep into an individual’s personality. For me, it’s in the search of freedom and peace!
Solo trips have taught me a lot of things, the major one being self realization. When I’d first moved out of my house for college, I treated myself as a free bird 🙂 Unaware of the real world or it’s actors, that I was kept away from so long. Thus, I learned the concepts of “betrayal”, “hypocrite” and “true love”.
This adventure started in my life from 2008, when I’d traveled alone for the first time, to Mandarmani. I still recall the fear as well as happiness I’d experienced during that journey and stay. Having no job at that time, my only option was saving from the monthly cash I was sent from home. With that, I could afford just-enough food for 2 days.
My next few travels began from 2013, starting with me setting foot in the States. Even though I’d not call this (these) as leisure travel(s), I did explore a lot of places and things on my own. Post this, I explored Bangalore (where I was staying since 2010), on foot and bus. Next, I explored Puducherry, Hyderabad and Varkala.
All of these travels have shown me different things every time –
- How well one can stay with minimum spend on accommodation and food.
- How to meet new people and actually talk to them with a free mind and heart.
- Serenity is best achieved with no thoughts in mind.
- Ways of fighting your worst of fears and realizing they never were or can be true.
- When various difficulties arrive out of nowhere, how help approaches, also out of nowhere.
- You automatically obliterate every bug from your regular life.
- Learn how to read various people; their expressions, emotions and moods, with focused observation.
- Believe it or not, it helped & still helps me know the different kinds 🙂
- It’s easier to complete your to-do list with no set planning needed.
- It’s not so difficult for a female to travel unaccompanied or independent.
- How much some things or people back home mean and matter for you.
- When you see some old couple having fun on their vacation, if you feel the view, you realize a lot about life.
- The biggest thing is…. you are not the only solo one there.
“…if we’re all alone, then we’re all together in that too.”
– P.S. I Love You (2007)
So far I’ve taken very few solitary vacations, but I’m hungry to see more and I’m sure I will!
Having been to the mountains, snow, forest, desert and plain beautiful architectures, I evidently discovered that I love the sea THE MOST! It helps me soothe my soul!!!