Why Solo Travel Is Good For The Soul

Nothing beats a moment alone, surrounded by beauty and innocence. A temporary fix that will surely influence you in the long-run.

Hey gents,

I’ve been drooling to write this post, squarely because the topic hits my heartstrings in a woo-woo sort of way.

Safe to say we live in a world filled with influencers (and world-class travelers alike) serving platters of wanderlust photos for days.

However, most travel bloggers have photographers, assistants, husbands, etc. behind every photo (guilty of it). Additionally, they’re usually with other people.

Honestly it’s getting a tad bit ridiculous, those un-attainable luxury shots in massive resorts and whatnot.

Generally speaking, we’re wired to believe that vacations are best spent with other people (which is valid to a certain degree).

We also carry this negative notion that being alone in public (movie theaters, fancy restaurants, soirées, you name it) screams loneliness. Which leads to an unhealthy obsession with social dynamics (AKA caring about what people think).

…and here’s where I plead my case. 

While family vacations and friendly getaways sound like the only viable options out there, traveling solo may actually offer more benefits than the latter two routes.

S E L F – D I S C O V E R Y
With our daily functions, there’s a tendency for mediocrity to infiltrate our identity. We make choices based on practicality, conformity and continuity. Our busy lives dictate our decision-making. Consequently we shed layers of our personality. Whenever I travel alone, I make decisions based on spontaneity. I’m able to recognize what I like and dislike, and find what my heart truly beats for. Navigating challenges somewhere new (solo) can also pull out the best in you!
 
 
S E L F – C O N F I D E N C E
The idea of solo travel sounds scary to many. One reason stems from believing that “going solo” in social areas is a sign of inferiority. Thankfully, solo travel pushed my comfort zone. It made me realize that people’s perceptions are simply perceptions -and nothing else. Once I started navigating new streets and cafes comfortably, I was able to enjoy my own company without caring what other people think. It’s a powerful feeling, knowing i’m able to function gracefully without friends constantly by my side. 
 
S E L F – C L A R I T Y
From financial strains to relationships, we’re constantly cluttered with life’s demanding nature. Whenever i’m away, there’s a sense of freedom oozing from within. I can detach from so-called reality and narrate my destiny. Like a blank canvas, pending for paint. Strolling new spaces with wonder detoxifies the headspace. I also love the fact that i’m able to control every decision in the journey, without the need to appease or acknowledge someone’s itinerary. 
 
 
S E L F – A W A R E N E S S
I can’t speak for everyone, but I typically stay away from social media (media in general) when i’m traveling solo. I like the idea of anonymity. Exploring new cultures without distractions and familiarity. Acquiring this mindset as a solo traveler gives you the opportunity to live in the present wholeheartedly. It’s quite therapeutic, not having to capture every perfect moment. Because let’s be honest, mental memories are far more sentimental. 
 
S E L F – H E A L I N G
And lastly, prioritizing the heart. This natural remedy brings a different kind of peace. The kind that lets you hear your own thoughts in a satisfying way. Whether its people watching at some bougie bistro, or browsing a brand new bookshop abroad, I always find happiness because i’m able to constitute a magical plot of my own (like James in the Giant Peach). I”m able to reflect on the wonders of life full-force. Every travel destination fills a certain void in my heart.
 

Welcome!

I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.

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