Finding the courage to take a break from your life and spend time travelling by yourself can be daunting, but it could do wonders for your body and your mind. It is not a decision to make gently. You may begin to doubt your decision because of a mixed reaction from your friends and family. But remember, it does not matter what anyone else thinks. If you want to do it, do it. Stop dreaming about travelling. Make it a reality.
Use the time to relax and reconnect with yourself or someone else in your life. It could give you the chance to appreciate what you have, what you want to achieve, and focus on your well-being. Give your eyes a rest and your brain a break. Having the time to immerse yourself in the enlightenment of a country, gaining an insight into its people’s values, can be extremely rewarding. Travelling alone can increase your confidence, make you more independent, and help you become self-sufficient and self-reliant. Being on your own also encourages you to make new acquaintances, be it a local or another traveller looking for a companion.
A way to achieve this is to book extended breaks with dedicated travel companies and avoid the generic ones.
⇒ Oasis Overland
With like-minded travellers, one can spend up to 40 weeks exploring deserts, jungles, and mountains, and while trekking might not be for the faint-hearted, you will make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
⇒ Voluntary Service Overseas
Volunteering allows you to put your life into perspective for example working with the deprived and people empowerment. This can be rewarding, especially if you have been affected by illness or tragedy.
⇒ Rayleigh International
This organisation offers the chance to work on sustainable projects with local communities in Asia, Central America, India, and Tanzania.
From group tours to solo travellers ranging from active adventures, walking holidays, cycling trips, and self-guided options, Explore! offers over 500 trips from over 120 countries where you can explore cultures, landscapes, wildlife, and communities for example in the Arctic and the Americas.