While traveling alone can be challenging and daunting, personal growth often happens in solitude. It can be invigorating, inspiring and just plain refreshing—so refreshing that we think everyone should do it at least once. Here are our top five reasons you should travel solo followed by some tips to get started.
To start planning a solo trip, think about why you'd like to travel alone. Do you want a change of scenery? Get started by taking a train ride to a nearby city and exploring for a day. Do you need some alone time? Get a head start by heading to a museum, booking a tour or extending your current trip by a few days to continue exploring areas of interest.
If you're afraid that you'll be lonely while traveling, test the waters a bit. Everyone reacts to solitude differently. Head to a movie by yourself or eat at a nearby restaurant. If you're worried that you'll get lost or won't be able to meet people, make sure you bring a map & research areas before hand. Meeting people is all about timing. Try using Meetup to meet with locals who share the same interest.
Over the last couple of years, I've gone from someone who rarely traveled to feeling like the airport is my second home. Below are some of my biggest business travel takeaways that will help turn your travel experiences from mundane to enjoyable!
1. Join all rewards programs!
Make sure you get points for every plane you fly, train you ride, car you rent, and hotel you stay in. The points may take a while to accumulate, especially if you aren't loyal to particular providers, but you'll have free flights, rides, rentals, and stays before you know it.
2. Dress like a professional.
Has it only been a few months since we started? It feels like much longer, there's already a strong and vibrant and insightful group of people communicating here at SebastianMarshall.com - I'm really pleased and happy to have a good crew reading, commenting, emailing me, getting into good discussions and thinking.
A tricky thing for most people building a website is to nail down these questions - "Who is this website for? What do I want to do with this?"
It's easy for me. The site is for people like me who wish to do a lot of important things, to communicate, to think more clearly, to become prolific, to grow in strength and virtue. I create on the topics that are important to doing important things.
The people who this resonates with are always welcome to come visit and gain in strength and knowledge here, to build, to hopefully be inspired, to communicate, to do good things. The people who the site appeals to are its audience, and I won't be trying to persuade anyone to join us who these topics do not appeal to at the current stage in their life.
I've got a number of good comments I'd like to share. This was the second half of a comment from yesterday's post, me wondering about technology.