Traveling on Your Own Learns You to Live

Bryan Dijkhuizen

I’ve traveled quite a lot for the time I’m walking on earth. I’m 20 years old and have seen several countries and cities, alone, with my family and with my girlfriend.

If you’ve never been out on your own, traveling can be very frightening at some point. But you also learn a lot about life, yourself and the world.

1. Making Friends With Strangers

Making friends is difficult. Period.

Especially for me being the most introverted person you’ll ever meet. But against all odds, when I and my girlfriend visited Zürich we got free ice cream from a guy selling it near Lake Zürich.

Once I told him I’m from the Netherlands and I spoke German and French he asked me if I wanted to try extra ice cream for free and we talked a bit about the Netherlands.

I realized that I found it much easier talking to someone in a different language as I spoke German.

Some conversation that I would have never had at home.

When you’re traveling, you’re opening up to the world. You have to, you’re all alone.

2. Getting Out of your Daily Environment

It’s a cliche. “Getting out of your daily environment will set you free” and those kinds of quotes. But, it does make you realize how big the world is and that there’s a lot more than your own life and your own house.

When I traveled to Austria in the summer of 2020, my girlfriend and I wanted to hike in the Austrian mountains, so we went to Puchberg am Schneeberg — a beautiful village in the middle of the mountains.

It was so clean and quiet.

I immediately became relaxed when I breathed in the mountain air. When you look up to the mountains you realize how big the world is. You don’t think about your daily struggles such as work or school — you’re only thinking about what happens ‘now’.

So go out, drop all your work, and get relaxed for a moment.

3. Mastering Traveling as a Skill

Traveling, in the beginning, isn’t easy. You probably don’t know how to get started if you’ve never done it before.

I used to go on vacation with my parents and my sister to countries like France, Denmark, and Italy. We traveled by car and everything was taken care of for me.

But when I planned my first trip on my own to Zürich, I realized that it was difficult to make everything work out well. Booking hotels, booking flights, or train rides can get you stressed out.

But once you do it a couple of times you get used to it and you ‘master traveling’ in the sense of skill.

Of course, this isn’t the only aspect of ‘mastering traveling’ but in many cases, these two things are the most important, a third aspect could be planning a route that is relevant in any situation.

Wrapping Up

I believe that these three things are some very important skills you learn when you go out and travel on your own for the first couple of times.

  • Making Friends
  • Getting out of the Daily Life
  • Master the Traveling Skill

You never stop learning about life. There’s a lot more to come.

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