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Why I Travel alone and why you should too!

Are you still waiting for the company of your friends and loved ones in order to start travelling? Often lots of people keep postponing the idea of travelling due to lack of company. Don’t’ get me wrong, having company is good for anyone. However, sometimes you need to take some alone time and travel solo. Because if you do not go to some of those places that you have been postponing to visit, you may never get to go there, considering how life and priorities keep changing with time.

Solo travelling is quite deliberating as one is in total freedom to do what he or she wants to do. It can be the best opportunity to test if you really need a travel partner or not. It builds one’s confidence. Once you accomplish one trip, there will be no turning back, you will be hooked into the art of solo travelling.

We highlight the various gains of solo travelling

Freedom

You are the king and queen of your time. You do not have to share it with anyone. You decide what to do with it (time), when to rest, where to go, what to eat and much more. Travelling alone allows one the opportunity to reflect more than when travelling in a group. Long tough trip activities like hiking may be emotionally draining, travelling solo allows one a chance to only deal with his/her mood, not multiple people with different thoughts, different ideas and moods.

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Depending on Myself and God

Being alone teaches one how to solely depend on themselves. Since you are all alone, during your trip you quickly learn that it’s only you and your God. It’s not that you will not ask around for ideas while travelling but the decisions you make are strictly dependent on yourself. Travelling solo has taught me to make tough decisions on what to do if to go on an excursion; if to take a tour or just to chill and enjoy my own space. Some days will turn out to have loads of fun, while others will depend on your own will power to accomplish your desired travel goal. All in all solo travelling need not be boring.

Helps me get out of my Comfort Zone
I must admit to this, trying new things, and conquering my fear is one of my biggest challenges. Like when I had to go water rafting, it took me a whole year to actually go through my fear of water! It took taking a trip alone and with strangers, to actually get out my comfort zone. It was quite therapeutic to see myself enjoy this adventure. I would not have achieved this goal if I went for this trip with my family or friends. Being one of Kenya’s adrenaline adventures, most people would rather pass off such activities. Why not try a solo trip and see yourself getting out of your comfort zone as I did!

solo traveling in Kenya
Touring the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha

Embrace Spontaneity

solo travel in kenya
I am one that loves some order and routine. But once in a while spontaneity is allowed. It’s part of the adventure. Since travelling alone will allow you to meet new people, a spirit of spontaneity should be embraced. It allows you an opportunity to get out of your set itinerary and discover what you would have otherwise missed out. Spontaneity will allow you an opportunity to learn more about yourself while attracting unforgettable experiences which you would not experience if you were travelling in a group.

Travel Friendships
You will meet people along your way who will impact you in different ways. Some people are known to have met lifetime friends during their solo travels, while others meet the love of their lives while on a solo trip.

Photo credit: JK Photography

Kenyatalii’s Verdict
Pick a destination, pack up your bag and go enjoy your solo experience!

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