Why Travel Alone?

Everyone appreciates the fun and excitement of heading off to an all-inclusive hotel on the beach with their nearest and dearest. Likewise, the romantic couple’s city break or epic road trip with friends can be immensely enjoyable. Sometimes, though, it might just be better to go alone.

The prospect of packing up your things and taking a trip around the world may feel somewhat daunting. In reality, that, popping that solo travel cherry is likely to unlock a future filled with fantastic adventures. Here are just five reasons to consider the solo route.

  • You get to go where you wish to go. Whether it’s visiting Africa, backpacking across Europe, or taking on the Inca Trail in Peru doesn’t matter. Travelling alone gives you the perfect chance to create an itinerary that’s built solely around your needs. Do the things you want to do. See the things you want to see. And travel on the days that are suited to you. What more could any travel enthusiast ask for?
  • You become forced to meet new people and soak in the local culture. In truth, these aspects are sure to take your adventures to the next level as you’ll gain a far more authentic insight into those destinations. From unearthing attractions that aren’t in the guidebooks to learning new skills or an appreciation of people, those rewards are enormous. When travelling in a group, it’s far easier to keep yourselves to yourselves, missing out on those stunning features.

  • It’s cheaper. The thought of sharing accommodation and car rentals may make the holiday seem cheaper at a glance. However, you’ll be less likely to waste money on expensive meals or activities that you don’t even want to do. Besides, the money-conscious traveller can often find cheap room rentals or ways of saving money that the rest of the group may not agree with. Once again, that added sense of control keeps you in the driving seat.
  • You’ll gain the chance to do something productive. This could range from Yoga Teacher Training in Bali to helping out with a volunteer scheme elsewhere. Whether it’s self-development or doing something for others, the rewards bring a special ingredient to your adventures. Aside from making the trip itself feel more rewarding, it should give you the memories that will last a lifetime. Not least if the new skills can help you back home!
  • You gain the chance to enjoy your own company. Let’s face it; being stuck with someone on a 24/7 basis can lead to friendship breakups. Time alone gives you a chance to fully recharge your batteries in every sense of the word. Even the simple activities like reading a book can become more fun. You’ll still stay in touch with loved ones through Skype and digital communication, but this is your chance to have the whole holiday on your terms. It will not go unappreciated.   

So, while group holidays still have a role to play, solo travel can be ideal for both short breaks and longer trips. Once you’ve done one, you’ll never look back.

Is Stress At The Roots Of Your Most Dangerous Habits?

We all know stress as something worth avoiding. We know that it’s generally unpleasant to be stressed, but many of us might be unaware as to how deeply the roots of stress can settle and how they can affect our body, our mind, and our behaviour. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common negative consequences of too much stress and see if you might have any warning signs you’re not coping with your current situation.

Encroaching pain

Mental stress and physical stress are both very linked. For one, stress often leads to a decrease in physical exercise, which can make your body more susceptible to pain. It also increases the tension in your muscles, which can lead to friction that induces back pain and joint pain. The best solution to both issues is to find stress-busting exercises that help you flood the brain with happy hormones. They can not only improve your mood but relax your muscles and dull your sense of pain.

The wrong coping mechanisms

We all find ways to cope with stress, but some of us turn to the unhealthiest habits in doing so. Comfort eating, alcohol consumption, and cigarettes all contribute to stress more than they help you relieve it. Eliminating your bad habits permanently is the only effective way to stop yourself from leaning hard into them when you’re under stress.

Road rage

Aggressive driving is one of the leading causes of road accidents. When you feel aggressive or angry on the road, you are more likely to make risky manoeuvres, particularly in an effort to reaffirm your “right of way”. A good way to stop yourself from getting angry on the road is to set off a little earlier. If you’re not as worried about being late or being held back, you’re more likely to keep your cool when something threatens to interrupt your journey.

Those restless nights

Sleep deprivation might not seem like a “habit” so much as something you have to suffer through. But it an issue that you can combat with these sleep tips. Increasing light exposure throughout the day and avoiding electronic lights at night, like a cell phone screen or laptop monitor, can help you adjust your body clock so that you get ready for bed more easily, for instance.

Social withdrawal

Do you find yourself getting more anxious about going outdoors, or making excuses to avoid social calls more often? These are the first signs of social withdrawal. If it’s allowed to continue unimpeded, it can turn into real isolation at any point of life. Once you spot it, you have to stop the spiral of social isolation. Make plans with friends you haven’t seen in a while or go out for a meal in a café or simply relax in the park. Re-introduce yourself to society.

If you begin to feel like stress could be at the root of some of your problems, you need to tackle the source as well as the problems. Is there someone you can talk to or perhaps a way you can scale back your responsibilities to ease up the pressure on you for a while?