13 Awkward and Amazing Stages of Traveling Alone For the First Time
The thought of traveling alone can be scary, but once you get past your fears, it's actually incredibly fun, freeing, and life-changing. The most valuable lesson solo travel has to teach you is just how capable you are all by yourself. Learning to depend on yourself to solve problems as well as how to keep yourself entertained without the aid of anyone else will change the way you see the world.
The first time I traveled alone, I was terrified. I felt uncomfortable sitting alone at restaurants and was too nervous to make friends in my hostel. But by the end of my trip, I had settled into the new challenge and was thriving. Suddenly, I was holding the keys to the world and I no longer needed anyone else in order to experience all that was out there. The flame of new passions had been lit within me, and I couldn't get enough.
While traveling alone isn't for everyone, if you're thinking about taking the plunge, know that it's a journey well worthwhile. And this is usually how that first trip goes.