Thought Catalog

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Travelling alone can be one of the most exciting, challenging, rewarding and daunting things a person can do in life. It can also be one of the most educational. Here are just a few of the lessons learned from travelling alone:

1. Independence. Including independence on this list might seem akin to proffering that playing water polo in a tank full of great white sharks inspires a certain level of caution, but hear me out. Growing up as an only child, I’ve always considered myself to be gifted with a fair degree of independence. However, this is completely incomparable to the type of independence one learns from travelling alone. Travelling alone builds in you a certain type of strength and resilience, not to mention self-sufficiency – how many people do you know who could organise and execute their own journey through foreign lands, spending months in the company…

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