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The Mental Health Benefits of Solo Travel

When people think about going travelling, more often than not people choose to go away with their friends or family. However, for many people, the idea of going to explore new countries and destinations on their own is more appealing. There are so many benefits of choosing to travel on your own and this unique experience can be truly life-affirming and can have a huge positive impact on one’s mental health.

This article will look at some of the reasons why solo travel can improve your mental health and how it can open you up to a whole new world of experiences.

An introduction to solo travel

If the idea of travelling on your own feels like a daunting endeavour, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many people just like you who are searching for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences where you can reconnect with your inner self and take time away from the stresses of everyday life.

Solo travel doesn’t have to mean that you are entirely on your own for the duration of your trip either. In fact, many solo travellers choose to travel as part of a group where they can meet other like-minded individuals and share exciting experiences together.

You could consider having the best of both worlds and planning a trip when you spend some of the time exploring independently and other parts of the trip, say to historical landmarks or attractions, as part of a wider group.

What will solo travel give you?

A chance to disconnect

Choosing to travel on your own brings with it the rare opportunity to spend some time alone where you can completely disconnect from the stress of everyday modern life and the things you deal with day in, day out. No checking work emails, no scrolling through social media, just living in the moment and relishing in the wonderful world around you free from distraction.

Disconnecting from normal life will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the new culture you find yourself in, surrounded by new people from all walks of life. If you are keen to open your eyes to new experiences, you should consider travelling to a place where you will be able to indulge in cultural traditions and meet with locals who can broaden your mind.

Challenges

Undoubtedly, travelling on your own will bring with it some unique challenges. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but it’s worth bearing in mind that if you do face any complications along the way, you will have to be strong-willed enough to deal with them on your own.

Facing challenges head-on will give you a great opportunity to work on your own personal growth. Finding yourself in unfamiliar territories where you may not speak the language, or you come into contact with logistical issues will give you the chance to prove to yourself that you can navigate tough situations and you will come out the other side a stronger person for it.

Global perspective

One of the most enriching parts of choosing to travel on your own is the chance it gives you to experience other cultures and other people, immersing yourself in a world far removed from the one you live in your normal life. This can have a huge benefit on your mental health and can make you appreciate your life or allow you a chance to reflect on things you may wish to change once you return home after your trip.

Heading on a solo trip to places such as Thailand, Vietnam or India can give you the chance to experience a world entirely different to your own. If you chose to embark on an Indian river cruise, you would meet some of the most welcoming and deeply spiritual people in the world, so it would bring with it the perfect chance to indulge in some self-reflection and discovery.

Choosing to travel alone can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. You’ll be forced to step outside of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in an entirely new way of living and thinking for the time you are away. These experiences will stay without you for the rest of your life and can be incredibly liberating, which will in turn bring with it long-term benefits when it comes to your mental health and your outlook on the world.

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