I’m getting tired of backpacking.
I’ve ran into people who were any where between their 2-4 months of travel and were tired of it. They told me they had seen it all and were ready to go home early. And I kept thinking, there is NO way I could get tired of this so quickly. Maybe after 6 months or a couple years of constantly being on the road but after only 2 months? I get to go where I want, when I want. I can have social days or personal days. I can eat out or cook for dinner (depending on if the hostel has a kitchen). I thought ‘How could one possibly get tired of this life style so quickly?’
But that day has arrived.
I am three months into my trip with a little over a week left and ready to head home. Don’t get me wrong I still love traveling and will continue to do so. It’s not that I’m getting tired of traveling, it’s more I’m getting tired of so many new hellos and being constantly on the move. I miss being able to call up a friend and say ‘Lets go to our favorite restaurant!’ Or ‘Come over to my place and lets bake!’ Those merely aren’t things you can do while backpacking.
1. Because you just arrived to a new city so don’t have a favorite restaurant or want to buy all the materials for baking.
2. You have to make new friends just about ever where you go.
And especially after visiting the closest friends I have and will meet up with on this trip (my next post) in Bilbao these are things I have realized I miss.
I still think everyone should do some form of solo travel for a long period of time. I say long because you just don’t come across the same obstacles if only traveling for a short time.
- You get extremely good at budgeting.
- You learn some new tricks in the kitchen because you will get tired of eating out 24/7.
- You meet more people then if traveling with someone else.
- You will become more out going.
- You will most likely become more laid back (people who are stressing/ trying to organize things way in advance don’t last that long)
- You’ll get use to being alone (not lonely, there’s a difference).
- You’ll learn to enjoy those moments to yourself.
- You’ll learn that you can travel on your own. Which will open up endless opportunities for the future than if you are always waiting for someone.
There are a lot more benefits of solo travel but those are probably my top ones, at least that I can think of right now.