4 years ago this day, I traveled solo for the first time.
As a disclaimer,
- I’m introverted, and
- I don’t make friends easily
Honestly, I was SO anxious.
I zipped my passport and phone in my jacket at night and hugged them under the blanket before I slept.
The first night, I didn’t sleep at all and imagined the worst possible scenarios that could happen to me. My hostel dorm had 32 people and my bed was right next to the door, so there was that noise too.
The next day, I stepped out of my comfort zone to have some small talks over breakfast.
In the evening, I hung out with hostel mates from around the world.
I realized I enjoy sightseeing alone, especially in museums. I didn’t even imagine I’d be somebody who enjoys museums!
But I also enjoyed hanging out with people and listening to their stories. There’s something different about being in a room full of people from around the world, and that ‘different’ is what makes it amazing.
This was the first time I spent time with myself and my thoughts in a place I don’t know at all.
The next two nights, I slept like a baby.
Who knew, it’d lead me to travel solo nine more times. But that’s a story for another time. 🙂
Stepping out of your comfort zone can unleash a whole new path for you. Try it?
Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi
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