Travelling solo, yeah! Call me selfish but once in a while, it is good to embark on a solo travel. Yes, it is! There are people everywhere; you work with them, live with them, hang out with them, virtually every other day of the week. Why not take a break? Why travel with them all the time? It may look daunting; especially for first-timers but it is soul reviving. You will get to learn a lot. And do not tell me of boredom. What is boredom? That you are travelling solo doesn’t mean you won’t meet people at your destination or on your way even. There is no boredom; in fact, you get to make more friends than you would if you were with a company. Trust me; there are many perks to travelling alone. You should try it out sometimes.
Let’s get to it already!
1. You Can Do Whatever You Wish to Do
Yes! Total freedom! Can you remember the last time you had the freedom to see whatever movie you want to see? Visit whatever places you wish to visit? Do whatever you want to do and at whatever time you dim fit to do them? Yes, that is what I’m talking about. Complete freedom! Being selfish isn’t selfish after all. Unlike travelling with a company, where you get to debate every move - from movies to see, places to visit to what to eat and everything in between.
2. You Get to Learn More About Yourself
Taking a break from everyone will help you discover yourself. You are in total control of your decisions; you get to think better about life decisions. Also, you will get to do those things you have always wanted to do; there is no one there to be shy of or to stop you. You will get to learn just how far and wild you can go. It also helps you reflect on things better, no noise or interference from anyone around. You can take the time and stay in your room and think of important happenings in your life and how best to them. It is a soul-reviving experience! Give it a try!
1. You Get to Make More Friends
It baffles me when people associate boredom with solo travelling. Boredom? How? In fact, I make more friends while travelling alone than I would if I were with someone else. You will have the opportunity of making new friends and trying out new things. There is no boredom! In contrast, you become more sociable.
2. You Will Spend Less
True! Solo travelling is cost-effective. Travelling with a company means spending tons of dollars on extra food, extra plane ticket, extra movie tickets, and extra ‘everything’. You can’t get a drink for yourself or see a movie and leave your companion out that would be selfish. See, the selfish word comes into play when you are with someone but you can never be selfish when you are alone.
3. You Will Get to Build Confidence in Yourself
Believe it or not, solo travelling helps increase your self-esteem. It helps you become more self-reliance. It helps boost your confidence level. Now, you get to decide on everything and own the responsibilities. There is no one to take the blame or rely on. Therefore, you brace yourself up and face whatever comes your way. What better way to build confidence in yourself?
The truth is that travelling goes beyond spending money on expensive trips and making your colleagues envious. It is actually a stress-relieve therapy. Yes, you read right. We all have schedules that keep us busy through the weekdays and weekends even. Over the years, this stress accumulates and become the underlying cause of most critical diseases or syndromes we hear of. Who would have thought that something as simple as taking a vacation can help reduce stress drastically, thus, reducing your chances to develop these life-threatening diseases? But it is true.
Research has shown that travelers have a higher tendency to live longer than non-travelers. Why? There are lots of reasons why travelling is of great importance to your health. For starters, it is a therapy for your mind, spirit, and soul.
Let’s take an in-depth look at how travelling can help you live longer.
· Travelling Acts As a Relaxant
Traveling has a way of de-focusing on your day to day life and it is reliably an awesome arrangement to get away from stress, which is a major health problem and a great factor when talking of heart diseases and diabetes. As a stress-reliever, travelling takes you away from your day to day activities that build up stress. It helps you clear your mind from work and other stress-related activity. When you travel, you would rather spend the time exploring the new environment and socializing than thinking about work or whatever activity that stressed you over the week or the month. It does not necessarily have to be a long vacation, taking a break for the weekend or a couple of days will go a long way helping you forget whatever troubles from which you are running.
· Traveling Makes You Happier
There is no doubt that happy people tend to live way longer compared to those who live an unhappy, sedentary lifestyle. Going on adventures is exciting. There are no dull or sad moments with taking a break and exploring a new environment. This way, you get involved in new activities that keep you happy and engaged, thus relieving the stress factor and helping you live healthier and longer. Also, these activities help you exercise your body, making you stay fit and in shape too.
· Travelling Acts As a Brain Booster
Traveling is a good exercise for the mind. How? When you travel, you get to learn about new places, their history and culture, meet new people, and do a whole lot of things, most of which you haven’t tried before. Your cautiousness and curiosity also play a role or two. Humans are naturally curious, we always want to know about new stuffs, travelling has a way of increasing your curiosity level as you get to meet or hear of strange cultures (I say strange because it is different from what you are familiar with). Curiosity helps you get to learn more, thus sharpening your mind and increasing your knowledge bank. Challenges help boost our brain power and keep our mind sharp. Travelling or adventures are filled with lots of such challenges that keep you cautious and curious, thus keeping your mind busy and boosting your brain power.
· Travelling Improves Your Social Skills
One of the best ways to improve your social life is by meeting new people. Traveling exposes you to different people from all walks of life and forces you to adjust to new circumstances. You turn out to be socially mindful. You get to develop social skills and good communication skills with others which are useful for your well being in general.
· Travelling Helps You Grow Your Level of Patience
One of the many perks of visiting foreign states or countries is that you get to meet different people and learn new things but you cannot do this if you are not patient enough to learn. The new environment and people are different from those you are familiar with; therefore you have to cultivate a certain level of patience in your dealings. You will get better at managing anger too. Their way of life is totally different from yours as such you have to be tolerant and patient when communicating or dealing with them.
Travelling with children is way different from traveling alone or travelling with your spouse. The entire process from preparation to the stay at your destination can be very daunting. Most parents usually have a hard time because they employ the same method they used while travelling alone or with colleagues. As a parent, it is important to prepare adequately while travelling with your kids. With adequate preparation, you will find out that the scary experience could actually be a memorable experience instead.
Before I share some useful tips that would help you have a stress-free travel with your children, it is important to consider some factors such as the age of your children, the destination you are traveling to, the number of days you would spend at your destination, the weather condition in the state or country you are visiting, how easily your child can adapt to the change in environment, etc.
Basically, to have a stress-free travel with your children, you have to consider different factors that would help you make the new environment conducive for your kids.
With that said, these are a few tips that would help you prepare adequately for a trip with your kids. Let’s dig in!
1. Don't Rush While Packing
Make sure you take adequate time in packing all necessary items because you may end up not packing the important stuffs which you would need during your journey. Take the time to search for fun things that would keep your kids entertained.
2. Have a Checklist
It is advisable to have a complete list of everything you would need for your journey - what to do during the journey, where to visit and the likes.
3. Pack Important Stuff
Ensure you have important things such as passport (for yourself and your children), confectioneries, toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes, vaccines or drugs, first aid kit, etc.
4. Book Hotel Reservations Wisely
Where ever you and the children would stay should be spacious and conducive enough for them. Getting recommendations from others who have been on such a trip would be helpful.
5. Choose Flights Wisely
Although traveling by plane is one of the fastest ways to get to your destination you still have to choose a good seat so you could sit close to your children. To get a good spot, it is advisable to book or reserve seats ahead.
6. Road Trips by Car
Remember to bring fun ‘things’ in cases where you choose to travel by road because road trips could be long and boring. You could play your kids favorite songs so that they can sing along or engage them in some game activities that would keep them busy and entertained.
7. Weather Condition
It is advisable to get some answers concerning the state or country you intend visiting. The weather condition is a very important factor to consider before bringing your kids on such a trip. Can your kids adjust to such weather condition? This information is also important to know the kind of clothing to bring along on the trip.
8. Be Vigilant
They are called kids for a reason. It is important to keep an eye on your children all the way through the journey and even at your destination. Kids are naturally inquisitive; it is your job as the parent or guardian to keep them in check so that they do not get lost in their wanderlust.
9. Keep them Engaged
Boredom is the worst companion you would want on a trip with your kids. Therefore, you should be prepared to keep them busy with fun activities. You could also give them cameras to capture beautiful moments or things that catch their fancy. A travel journal is another great way to keep them engaged.
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