We, alone, choose what to do.
We, alone, have control over our response to a situation.
We, alone, are responsible for ourselves.
In a sense we are all, always, solo travelers.
Traveling solo I have had the opportunity to practice making choices, manage my reaction to challenging situations and take full responsibility for myself. My choices have included:
- My destination.
- When to travel.
- How to prioritize my expenditures.
- How to spend each day. When to explore and when to rest.
- How to react if I feel I’ve been treated unfairly.
- Whether to accept or decline help from someone.
- How to respond when things don’t go as planned.
- Where, when and what to eat.
- When to use anger as a means of protection.
- When to splurge on a bit of luxury.
- How to express my need to be treated better.
- How to establish boundaries with people who push them.
All of the choices above mirror those that are made in life almost daily. Traveling solo I’ve enjoyed making these decisions free of my responsibilities to others. I’ve been able to practice a slightly more assertive mode which has served me well as I continue to grow as a person.
Traveling solo is not just a great way to travel, it also provides the opportunity to practice three essential life skills as you navigate your journey and negotiate what you need along the way.