Like there are only 9 out of possible 100's!
Seeing countless travel pics on your Instagram, feeling jealousy rise up to your throat while scrolling past the facebook posts of your friend’s backpacking trip, I am sure that you’ve wanted to that one solo trip since forever. Don’t these stories invigorate you to pull up your socks and satiate the wanderlust in you? Then let me give you some more solid reasons as to why you shouldn’t delay your solo trip any further.
Here you go.
1. You are on your own - There are times when backpacking compels you to get out of your comfort zone, and this makes you grow. Well, there were times when I ran out of cash, got stuck on the road, and I had to do hitchhiking to get back to my hostel. The takeaway is that you get to be street-smart in the long run.
2. You learn a lot more about yourself - This brings out the incredible feeling of being liberal and having the freedom to do anything. When you travel with your friends, subconsciously you will act the way they expect you to! Traveling is a great way to know your own self. You might be a caveman back at your home but when you are out there, in the open, all on your own, you may want to be the ultimate explorer. There’s nobody to judge and even if there is, who cares! You are anyway not going to see them again! So yes, you get to be your true self.
3. Budget-based travel plans to the rescue - You don’t have to be rich to travel your dream destination. There are so many hacks to travel on a low budget. Besides, it’s okay to spend less on your journey, as long as you get to reach where you’ve always wanted to be. Over the years I have always preferred to stay in hostels or guest houses when it comes to accommodation. There are alternative modes of accommodation like Airbnb and Couchsurfing as well to make yourself feel home at someone else’s house.
How about having the luck of finding your better half? You are likely to meet someone like-minded while traveling without constraints. You can also give it a fair shot of traveling together if he/she is traveling solo, while I was backpacking in Kerala. The tendency to befriend someone is always more when there are bumpy overnight bus rides, bonfire sessions or maybe trekking on boulders.
5. You’ll become a storyteller - Over the years, backpacking will give you enriching experiences. You’re going to have a heroic image while you share the adventurous stories with your friends and in coming years to your children as well! Wouldn’t you want yourself to be perceived as the coolest parent ever!