I'm sure you've heard this sentence again and again when talking about this subject, perhaps alongside the usual 'finding yourself'. Despite the cheesy sounding... they are very true. In our life we know hundreds of people but maybe the stress of everyday life sometimes make us forget to know the most important of all: yourself.
To travel is to live crazy adventures ...
When you are traveling alone you are much more open to experiences that you would probably never imagined traveling with someone and, on the other hand, that you will never confess, it will be like a personal and intimate secret.
Traveling at your own pace
On trips with friends or family there are always times of stress when having to choose, for example, between two museums or when you have to agree to make a single route. This is something that, for obvious reasons, will not happen when traveling alone. Suppose you want to stop for coffee watching passersby in the city. Just do it!
Time to think
As I said before, sometimes daily life does not leave us much time to think about ourselves, to analyze our present and even to decide calmly our immediate future. Take advantage of your time in the train or simply of a park bench and think, think, think ...
Being open to unknown
We travel alone... but we are humans and, as such, profoundly social beings. It is difficult for a person to spend a full day without interact at all with another. And this is just another of the important features of the solo traveler: the ability to open up to strangers that one will find in the way. At the end they will be who fill our backpack with experiences and memories, do not be afraid!
Be proud of oneself
Have you ever imagined what pilgrims must feel at the end of the Way of St. James when reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela? When you finish your route with your backpack and your exhausted body you will feel something very similar. You'll be absolutely proud of yourself. And yes, that is priceless.