Do you consider yourself to be a strong woman? I certainly consider myself one! I often take solo trips to clear my head and recharge, which benefits both my life and career. These solo trips are an important part of my life.
Unfortunately women are often told how dangerous it is out there or don’t do that alone. So we’re taught to think that we need someone to be with us when doing anything adventurous. Well, times have changed a lot and it’s time to rethink that!
I recently read a great article from Outdoor Research that listed 7 reasons why women should take a solo trip. They were so empowering and inspiring. I’ve listed a few of them below:
It builds our mental confidence. It’s easy when we’re traveling with others to defer to their opinions and not have to take the proverbial sharp end. When we adventure alone, we’re the only one responsible for our actions—nobody else will make the decisions for us. Something shifts in our minds as we step off the plane solo in a foreign country, or take the trail we’ve never been down before. We’re forced to become confident in ourselves.
It makes us better friends/girlfriends/wives/mothers. “Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it,” wrote De Beauvoir. When we have the quiet time to replenish our souls, we’re more balanced and happy. And who doesn’t want to be around a happy, centered person? Plus, doing exciting things on our own gives us awesome stories to tell afterward.
It shows us what we’re capable of, physically. An adventure doesn’t have to include climbing Everest or hiking the Appalachian Trail to help open our eyes to what we can accomplish. With nobody else around to encourage us, even a long run or a big hike feels like a personal victory—and lives on in our memories as an example of the strength we possess. Pushing through pain or exhaustion by ourselves distills the experience and helps us build toughness.
You can read the rest of them here.
So ladies, where are you planning your next solo trip? Let me know in the comments!