Whether you are a lonely bird or an extrovert, backpacking alone can be a great experience. Backpacking alone can seem like an adventure to some, and daunting to others, but here we will go over some pros and cons of traveling alone. Whether or not this adventure is for you, only you can know, but I do think that considering the possibility is important in the life of every traveler.
One of the fantastic benefits of backpacking alone is the personal growth you get from being bold enough to do it. Getting around the unknown place is quite a challenge, especially if you do not speak the language, but it is a secure road to independence. If you want to learn how to handle stressful situations and get out of your comfort zone, solo travel is an excellent way to do it.
When you are entirely alone in a foreign country, it pushes you to learn how to rely more on yourself, and if something goes wrong, you are the only one who can fix it.
Another great thing about backpacking alone is that you do not have to make compromises on what and when you are eating or sleeping, and you are free to visit whatever you want.
Connecting With Nature
If your backpacking trip is more of a hiking adventure, finding your roots in nature is inevitable. There is something relaxing and freeing about being in the wilderness surrounded by lush forests. But if you are alone, it is natural to feel a bit scared. If something terrible happens, no one can really help you. If you find that this fear is overwhelming and keeps you from starting your solo hiking trip, choose a more comfortable hiking adventure with a lot of people around. Having people around, even if they are strangers, can help you relax and realize that hiking alone is not all that scary. One important thing is that you have to carry all the necessary equipment, which can be a bit heavy. But if you plan the contents of your backpack well, you will be able to bring just the necessities that can be multi-used, such as the survival tools like hatchets, which can be used in many situations.
Being alone does not necessarily mean that you are going to feel lonely, but it can happen. If you are far away from the people you love, homesickness is bound to happen. But there are many ways in which you can deal with your feelings and feel less lonely in any country you visit.
Meeting new and exciting people is one way to do it. There is no better way to get to know a country and its people than to talk with them. If you are introverted, starting a conversation can be daunting, but when we spoke about self-growth, we forgot to mention the boost in confidence you will get after you approached a few strangers and made conversation with them.
You will be surprised at how many fascinating people you meet along the way, and those experiences will make your journey a lot richer.
We all feel safer when we are with other people, and that is perfectly normal. But traveling alone is not necessarily unsafe, although it can be. You are more vulnerable alone, and that is something con artists are very well aware of. But this should not be your excuse for never traveling alone. Of course, extra precautions are always welcome. Follow the genuine rules of not being alone at night, and that will drastically improve your safety.