There are many good reasons why people usually travel with a companion. If you decide to travel alone you will probably hear many people discouraging you from doing it. But going on a journey alone has some significant benefits which are not obvious at the first sight. The only way how to understand it is to experience it.
It is very simple. If you travel with a companion or in a group you are surrounded by them and you don’t seek for new friends. Your companion or group is there with you and for you to share your experiences on a journey. Being alone naturally opens you more to people around you. As a lone traveller, you need to compensate your social life with whoever crosses your path: either locals or other travellers. It is a great way to meet people and make new friends all around the world.
As a lone traveller, it is easier for you to forget anything else and fully immerse into the place you are at the moment because no other reality, past or future, is disturbing you from it. This is the only way you can actually be in there, engaging with the place and becoming a part of it. Leave everything behind for a while and keep this moment just for yourself. Stop, look around you and try to understand, open yourself and live it, breathe it. The feeling is incredible, almost transcendental. Such moments are very rare but definitely worth it.
Get a lesson
Travelling alone is tough and it teaches you a lesson. You are on your own to plan, make decisions, negotiate, and solve problems. Sometimes it is not easy but it is you who is going to solve it because you have to. No one else will do it for you. It is not always enjoyable but later on you will appreciate it. You become stronger, you learn how to deal with issues, and you become independent.
Nowadays life is full of uncertainties and doubts. Knowing yourself helps you to overcome and deal with it effectively so it is not getting you down. Being alone is sometimes necessary to find yourself. Spending time with only yourself gives you time to think, review, reconsider and understand who you really are. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your needs, desires, and dislikes? And most importantly, how can you make the best out of it? Travelling brings you far from your everyday life, hence, offers you the best opportunity to review it from distance.