Give trav­el­ing solo a go

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS - By Gao Yim­ing Page Ed­i­tor: huangyi­ran@glob­al­

Do you have a par­tic­u­lar place you’ve al­ways wanted to visit? If the an­swer is yes, have you ever con­sid­ered tak­ing a solo trip there just for a few days?

For many peo­ple, trav­el­ing alone can be in­tim­i­dat­ing. Although be­ing a solo back­packer and ex­plor­ing the world on their own have al­ways been a dream in their hearts since child­hood, most peo­ple have re­peat­edly been told that the out­side world is dan­ger­ous. The thought of go­ing on a solo trip ex­cites and ter­ri­fies them at the same time, and few end up step­ping out of their com­fort zone and go­ing on mean­ing­ful ad­ven­tures.

It is nor­mal to have some trou­ble trav­el­ing alone be­cause hu­mans are so­cial an­i­mals and pre­fer to have com­pany on a jour­ney. There are also some awk­ward mo­ments one might en­counter. For ex­am­ple, be­ing alone on the road, you might have to ask strangers to take your photos wher­ever you go, and some­times, if you join a tour half­way, you could be bom­barded with ques­tions re­gard­ing whether you just broke up with your boyfriend or girl­friend or why you don’t have friends or fam­ily around.

But de­spite all these pos­si­ble awk­ward sce­nar­ios, I would still rec­om­mend that you travel alone at least once in your life.

First, trav­el­ing solo gives you the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to do ev­ery­thing you wish with­out wor­ry­ing about oth­ers’ needs and wants. If you want, you can read on a bench be­side a river for the whole after­noon with­out be­ing dis­turbed. You are free to wan­der around on dif­fer­ent streets and ap­pre­ci­ate graf­fiti art. You can hang out at lit­tle stores and feel the rhythm of the city. You can also get rid of that dull daily rou­tine that al­ways makes you feel tired.

If you make good use of it, trav­el­ing alone can also be an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney of self­dis­cov­ery, as you’ll fi­nally have time to re­flect on your life.

Some­times we just need a short break to ad­just be­fore we pro­ceed with cer­tain goals. We do things; we get con­fused or lost, and it is im­por­tant to take some time off and think about the so­lu­tions. When we take a break from our usual work or study life, it is eas­ier for us to fig­ure out what to do.

A solo trip al­lows us to have this pause. It lets us calm down and re­ally re­flect on what changes to make for our fu­ture. The soli­tude helps us fig­ure out what we re­ally want to fight for in this big world. It is quite an em­pow­er­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, as you’re alone in an un­fa­mil­iar city feel­ing like you’re fi­nally tak­ing life into your own hands.

Trav­el­ing by your­self is also quite easy. All you need to do is to pack your bags, take your pass­port, get up your courage and go some­where. Go out and en­joy be­ing alone, ex­plore the un­known, make some friends, read a book, treat your­self to pas­tries and get to know more about your­self and the world. Try it. I prom­ise you will not re­gret it.

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