Greatly dominated by the millennial crowd that is gradually transitioning from carefree college going students to working adults and parents at an escalated scale, many twenty somethings are feeling lost, burned out and depressed owing to the stress associated with responsibility, lifestyle shifts and the inevitable over–use of technology.
The concept of taking time off from the hyper-lifestyles we live in and getting in touch with oneself is gaining popularity. Stressed consumers are seeking novel forms of therapy, travel and mindfulness practices to counteract the always–on lifestyles.
“I was sick of mundane weekends and thought I should explore parts of the country I had never seen before. I started one weekend and it was addictive,” are words by Supriya Sehgal, who has been travelling for over a decade and penning down more than 25 books for Lonely Planet and other reputable publications.
Understanding oneself can be the most challenging part of one’s life, as standing out from the rest, definitely requires you to explore your inner self to the utmost to come up with conclusions that might set you apart from the conventional and regular. One has to feel comfortable in their own skin, content and happy from within, without too many strings attached, for a happy living; solo travel sure adds a value point in one’s life in terms of self-acceptance.
Breaking through the normal, requires courage and exploring oneself requires you to go places! Very well quoted by David Mitchelle, “Travel far enough, you meet yourself”, it speaks the essence of solo travel.
Travel makes a person stand out from others; long term and solo travels add in plenty tangible and intangible aspects to one’s personality and all of this makes a person more responsible and confident in addition to the learning experience that involves a lot about budgeting, planning and managing the resources. “Travel is one of the few things in life that you spend on, only to get richer in life, rich in experiences, and rich in memories. Years of youth and beauty are limited, and it is best to live them while doing things you like. I wish to travel, because it’s the sure shot way to happiness,” says Suhani Sharma, a solo traveller who’s been taking her love for travel as a blogger with tripito.com.
Travelling without someone next to you makes you communicate with self even more and brings out the real and individualistic qualities of your inner self. Without having to adjust or adapt to another’s expectations or wishes, one truly meets themselves when travelling solo by bringing oneself fully and completely into the present – something which technology robs us of.