Travelling alone is a great and an amazing adventure, i which you will embrace freedom and you will feel far far away from this world and hell yes it’s a great sensation where can can find back your soul and reorder or fix your ideas.
Vandit.J is a solo traveler and this what he said:
Putting the context, before I begin;
In June of the current year (2014) I was just into the situation where I was wondering where my life is going, I very recently left a job because I wanted to work for a year for a not-for-profit organization, the results were not coming as expected and suddenly I had this feeling of a true need of direction and suddenly one fine day ‘WANDERLUST’.
I started exploring, sites that offer solo travel or something similar, started contacting people on couch
Due to my time commitments I could not go outside the country, but I decided a week’s time for me.
1) It’s scary, but worth it.
To be without company for 5 days, I remember I was convincing my close friend to join me in someway or the other. When I accidentally met 2 of my old friends at the top, after spending 5 hours talking with them, I just didn’t want them to leave, but the feeling of overcoming that fear of being/left alone is magical. You suddenly feel more confident about yourself by the end of it.
2) You get to see life closely.
There were a lot of moments when I was just sitting near a cliff, having tea and I spent a good amount of time just living in the moment, introspection, no trouble.
3) Because no one is around, you can behave the way you want.
By the second last day of my trip, I never cared what clothes I was wearing, I was not carrying the portable mobile charger, left my bag at the hotel, just money, a phone and a dairy pen. I probably would have left the wallet and the phone if I would have stayed even for a week more.
4) You feel like you are the master of your own life.
On day 3, I rented a bike, went 25 Kms down from Mcleodgunj, visited Tea Garden, Norbulinga temple, Dharamshala Stadium and some things here and there. Came back up to Mcleodgunj, went 10 Kms up to Triund Road, spent 2 hours in peace, came back, returned my bike started walking to my way back to the hotel. I was random, but I was happy. I was doing what I like and no one was stopping me.
5) Some random people that you meet, listen to their stories and you realize there much more to life than having a career and settling down.
I met this girl when I was going to a cafe around midnight as it was dark and the cafe was somewhere up the mountain and you have to climb to reach there, I was just feeling unsure and she came up randomly going to the same cafe. She had a torch but no company, I asked her for the help in return of my company.
It took us 20-25 mins. To find our way up to the cafe, the cafe was bullshit, but that the journey to it was awesome. We went for dinner later.
She was from France, she was teaching to children in an NGO in Kerala, India. She even changed her name to ‘Kalyayini’ an Indian name, she became vegetarian , left drinks. The only purpose in her life was to do something for the Indian society.
6) Things/Places we find ourself are much more fascinating that been told about.
I enjoyed much more on a random cliff than at Dal Lake.
Some tips to make your journey better
1) Travel without purpose. That only difference between a tourist and a traveler is the purpose. A tourist is searching for a destination for a traveler every place is a destination.
Be happy where ever you are, even if you missing the most beautiful monument in the world be content with it. Be in the moment.
2) Don’t burden yourself. Let it go.
3) Whenever you feel insecure try to overcome it. Don’t let it dominate you and your actions.
Whatever you are searching it is lying inside you somewhere, you will find it 🙂
EDIT: I am currently solo traveling to Rishikesh, will be updating the experience soon 🙂
EDIT II: Hey Guys, so my recent solo trip to Rishikesh really inspired me. It made me understand the true importance of solo traveling. The first one was just initialization, true realizations began after Rishikesh. I also realised that how it is very important for the youth to travel solo and how they are afriad to take that leap. So, I have started this blog calledin order to inspire people to travel solo through stories. Please contribute your solo traveling stories if any. Also, reach me out through a link in that blog if you want to travel solo but is not sure how to start 🙂 Cheers.