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19 Reasons Every Twentysomething Should Travel Alone At Least Once

BRB, got a vacation to plan.

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1. Making alone-time for yourself is difficult when you're in the same city as your friends and family. So leave.

2. Spending several days with only yourself for company will give you a new perspective on what is and isn't important.

3. And learning how to be alone on your own terms is a skill that'll come in handy for the rest of your life.

4. If you've never needed to before, going on a trip will teach you how to plan and be responsible for yourself.

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Booking tickets, finding accommodation and budgeting yourself – all without any assistance whatsoever – will arm you with a confident self-reliance that you'll be grateful for even when you're back.

5. And navigating a new terrain or culture by yourself will make every challenge at home feel easier to tackle.

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In other words, if you know you can survive, thrive, and actually enjoy being a stranger in a strange land, you know you can do anything.

6. There will be things that you miss about your life back home...

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7. ... But after a while you will realise what you actually miss and appreciate them more.

8. Being alone – a.k.a. being free of any judgment whatsoever – will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and do things that you wouldn't usually do.

9. ... Which is why so many people come home from solo trips completely changed. Give yourself that chance.

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10. You will let go of the anxiety that comes with meeting new people...

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11. ... And doing things for the first time.

12. Interacting with strangers wherever you go means you'll hear a lot of fascinating stories that you wouldn't have heard if you took company with you.

13. Which means you'll bring home new friends and new stories of your own.

14. If you go far enough by yourself, you'll pick up bits and pieces of a whole new language.

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15. Travelling alone means you won't have to stick to strict schedules.

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A vacation on your own terms. What could possibly be better?

16. You will be able to distance yourself from people back home, which will give you major insight into yourself.

17. You can be whoever you want to be and not let your identity get in the way of exploring new things.

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18. You will learn that there are things you want to change about yourself, and you'll doubly embrace the things you don't.

19. And at the end of it, you will realise what fantastic company you really are.

So, what are you waiting for?

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