I’m about to get personal with you. I always encourage my clients to get specific on their hobbies and then go after them. Well, I practice what I preach. Cut to my favorite hobby of all time…TRAVEL!?
And I’ve done it solo (multiple times), which is empowering AF might I add. It’s helped me heal my soul. It’s given me the courage to leave an abusive relationship, and it’s given me my relationship today.
Without travel, I don’t know who I’d be. It’s not even necessarily travel itself but the process of doing it that gives me ultimate growth. I find such a purpose in it. It’s the breath of fresh air from the everyday grind.
As I sat alone in the Souq Waqif in Doha, sipping on mint tea and taking in the evening warmth, I had a moment of deep reflection. This was my 20th country and I realized how important solo travel has been for love in my life. I’m not just talking relationships but self-love too.
20 Things: Solo Travel Taught Me About Love
One. I don’t need to depend on a partner.
Two. Long distance relationships (even 10,000 miles apart) do work. But only if both partners want it. Oh and there needs to be an end goal.
Three. Love is truly stronger than hate regardless of your religion or political beliefs.
Four. It’s ok to travel solo while single or in a relationship.
Five. I can sit in discomfort eating a meal in a busy restaurant alone knowing I am still lovable with or without company.
Six. It gave me the strength and clarity to leave an abusive relationship in my early 20s.
Seven. It gave me my worth.
Eight. Love literally has no distance.
Nine. Walk away from a bad deal..bargaining AND in real life. ??
Ten. If I’m in a healthy relationship my partner will support my solo travel.
Eleven. When I’m outside of my comfort zone I find that I can bring myself comfort within.
Twelve. It’s ok to have an abroad love affair and continue it after you go home not knowing where it will go.
Thirteen. I can advocate for myself on a whole new level because I care too much about myself to let someone take advantage of me.
Fourteen. Having a long distance relationship makes me appreciate a 24-hour plane ride. #Gratitude
Fifteen. It’s ok to tell someone no thanks I’m not interested.
Sixteen. It’s given me the relationship I have today.
Seventeen. It’s ok to be apart from my partner and not share every travel memory with him.
Eighteen. Putting my hobbies and needs first is an act of loving myself.
Nineteen. I know I can be ?independent in or not in a relationship.
Twenty. I gain a deeper connection and relationship within each trip.
I always encourage women and my clients to travel solo if their heart seeks it. ❤️It doesn’t matter if you’re single, going through a breakup or in a relationship use it as an opportunity to grow a deeper connection within. I’ve learned something new at different stages of my life through it.
Disclaimer: I know it’s the year 2019 but there still is a stigma around it not being “safe.” Yes, there are countries where it’s not safe to travel alone as a woman but do your research. If the country is safe then go for it!! It may just change your life. ??
I’d love to know if you have or would travel solo. Comment below!