words Al Woods
Taking a vacation with a group, as a couple, or with your family has many benefits. And you can make memories while sharing them with those you love and care about. But sometimes you need a little alone time, and solo road travel can offer you some amazing rewards.
The truth is, many people have a difficult time being alone. But when it’s just you and the open road on a solo road trip, you begin to truly learn the art of being independent.
In the early days of conquest and exploration, rarely did a traveler find his way across the world on his or her own. And though there are accounts of this occurring in the past, most travel was done in groups.
Today, however, we have a safer means of travel at our disposal. And taking to the open road on a solo adventure is one of your options.
When you’re completely on your own, you have no one else to rely on but yourself and your wits. And when you travel cross-country over the open road, your self-reliance might actually be tested.
For example, you may find yourself broken down on the roadside. And if you’re without any nearby services, you’re going to have to figure out how to get yourself out of this situation on your own.
It should also be mentioned just as a precaution that before you head out on the road, you should have a safety kit in your car, and ensure that you have adequate auto insurance coverage just in case you break down.
But beyond finding yourself broken down, you may also find yourself lost in a strange town, or in a situation where you may have to make a life-saving decision. As such, your self-reliance and knowledge of the world are two tools that you must develop. And on your own is the best way to hone these skills.
It’s been over a century when human beings began to finally exploit the last of our great frontiers. And even though staying safe while traveling alone today is greater than before, not many people choose to take a solo journey.
Believe it or not, even though most of the country has been developed, there are still a great number of people who have never traveled beyond their own community, or their own state lines.
The truth is, there is a wide world out there just waiting to be experienced. And this world is full of wonderful people, places, and sights that are just around the corner, only a few hours away in some cases.
One cannot develop an understanding of the world by sitting in the same small corner throughout life. And adventuring to distant places offers you the chance to better understand your neighbors and the diverse cultures which surround you.
A lot of travelers believe that experiencing new places is the entire point of travel. But in the act of traveling itself, you actually learn more about yourself than you probably realize.
You’ll learn about what you love, what interests you, and you might discover that there are even more opportunities out in the world which offer you the chance to expand your career or even give you more ideas about how to live better, or where you might want to live in the future.
Above all, as you travel, you’ll learn that you carry with you the capacity for passion, kindness, understanding, and for opening yourself up to new possibilities which you may never have known existed before. And it’s all just a road trip away.
It’s often said that the journey is always greater than the destination. And when you travel on your own, this old saying might prove itself to be true for you as well. But there’s only one way to find out.