5 Things My Solo Road Trip Taught Me!

At Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. — Saint Augustine

Last September, I planned to go on a road trip all by myself and decided to head south — Dhanushkodi (also known as the Ghost Town) in the south eastern tip of Tamil Nadu, India. It was during the time I quit my previous job and was about to hop to another new beginning, so I decided to GO alone on a self-exploration and self-learning adventure which will serve as a great catalyst in my career and help me adapt to the new environment. And, yes it did!

Note: To know more about the adventures of the road trip, check out the travelogue.

Here are some of the lessons that I learnt from my solo road trip which made me a better person and a better professional (or atleast in the making):

#1 Breaking your personal borders

Going on a solo road trip for the first time (or be it anytime) requires one to get out of their routine and comfort zone. Though we will be posed with a lot of questions around the risks and challenges of travelling alone, it requires that extra thing that syncs both your mind and heart to break those barriers, get over the fear and do what makes you happy.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. — Neale Donald Walsch

#2 Manage End­-to­-End with sole responsibility

A road trip needs a lot of things to be planned or in the case of unplanned road trips, there are lot of things to be managed. A person need to manage the route options, expenses, accommodation and more importantly time. When on a solo road trip, one has to manage all of it and ensure to take complete responsibility for every nitty gritty of the trip (even keeping an eye on your saddle from falling).

When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself. — Liberty Hyde Bailey

#3 Motivate yourself to push hard

The difference between riding solo and as a group is that the latter will always involve motivation from different people to push each other hard to reach the goals, in this case the destination. On the other side, riding alone leaves you with just one option of motivating yourself by tapping your shoulders whenever you are tired. It helps you to explore your extreme by pushing oneself more and more to achieve the destination.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao-Tzu

#4 Socialize with strangers and communicate effectively

When you travel alone, you are put into a situation that requires a lot of talking to strangers enquiring about the place, ways to reach it, better roads, places to visit in and around and a lot more talking. It helps a person to take away the timidness and the anti-social part of yourself.

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, others souls. — Anais Nin

#5 Take the right decisions at the right time

Last but not the least, the most important aspect of a road trip are the decisions that we take based on the situations which in turn strengthens your intuition. On top of it, sticking to those decisions and breaking them into shorter goals to achieve the final goal.

All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them — Walt Disney

End of the day, this road trip made me a better person — responsible, independent, stronger and more human.

Have you ever traveled solo and what was the most important lesson you learnt from them?

Read more: Riding Solo To The Tip Of The Indian Peninsula