Why Solo Travel Can Be Good For Introverts
Do you love spending time alone? Or does hanging out with a big group drains you out? Then my friend, you’re probably an introvert.
Introversion is a personality trait. In contrast with what many people think, it’s different from being shy. Shy people avoid social situations but not introverts. We love to socialize but after spending some time in groups, we need to be on our own to recharge. Because unlike extroverts, we expand rather than gain energy when we socialize especially with strangers.
Some people think that solo traveling and introversion isn’t a good combination. But as an introvert myself, I believe solo travel can be good for introverts. Here’s why:
Solo traveling lets you choose who you want to hang out with.
Having the freedom to travel anywhere you want and hang out with anyone you like is among the best things of solo travel. You can choose to spend more time with two ladies you met in a park and decline a group’s invitation for a party, without the added guilt. This is harder to do if you travel with someone or with a group with a different preference.
Traveling on your own lets you recharge whenever and wherever you want.
Tired of seeing another temple? No problem. You can choose to stay in your room or spend some quiet time in a cafe. You can recharge anytime and anywhere you want. There’s no one to please and there’s no one to tell you how you should spend your day.
It pushes you outside your comfort zone.
Oftentimes, we get so used to ourselves and our closest friends that we rarely realize that we’re keeping ourselves in our comfort zone. This is why solo traveling can be good for introverts.
It pushes you outside your comfort zone. You learn to approach people and learn the art of small talk even if you still dislike it most of the time.
Solo travel makes you realize that it’s totally okay to be alone.
In a society that seems to value extroversion more, we sometimes develop ambivalent feelings towards our introvert tendencies. But when you go on a trip on your own, you begin to realize that people’s opinion doesn’t matter anymore. You begin to realize that it’s totally okay to be alone even if others think otherwise.
Are you an introvert? Do you love solo trips too?
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