It’s wonderful to get outside and explore with your best friend or a great group of outdoor enthusiasts; the conversation, company and entertainment that results is sure to create a memorable experience. However, positive experiences can be had when you head out on your own as well. Whether it’s a quick day-trip or a multi-day excursion, so much can be gained from spending some alone time outdoors in nature! Here are the 5 reasons to take a solo adventure:
Opportunity for Self-Growth
Getting outside and embracing nature can be very therapeutic and transformative. When out alone you have time with your thoughts and can really embrace the moment — you can focus on your own revitalization and rejuvenation. Plus, the independence and confidence that comes from completing a solo journey can be quite empowering.
Create Your Adventure
When going solo you have complete freedom to do what you want, when you want. Yes, it’s okay if you want to be a little selfish from time to time. Do you want to rush to the top of the hike and back, challenging your personal best? Maybe you want to sit at the waterfall for hours waiting for that perfect light for your photograph. Or perhaps getting a little meditation done. Being alone with your thoughts can help you problem solve more effectively. Often your adventure is at the agenda of others. But when you’re alone, there is no struggle to match your schedule or feel held back, it is a time for you to focus on you and what you want to get out of the experience.
Meet New People
Often you are more approachable alone than in a large group. So strike up a conversation on the trail as you fall into pace with someone for a little while. Chat with people while you have your lunch at the summit. You never know who you will meet along the trail; maybe a fellow tentree supporter, a future hiking partner, or maybe even a special someone.
Learn Your Limits
It’s great when a group adventures out and you collectively share your skills and knowledge. Before heading out it is important to realize your limitations and be aware of areas you may be lacking skills in. Going solo is a great opportunity to touch up or learn new things prior to heading out with a group. That way you aren’t relying on someone else while out on the trail. Always great to expand your skill set, and try something new!
Without anyone there for company, you may get lonely or need to find some motivation to push forward when tired. Get creative and have some fun with it. Don’t be afraid to talk or sing to yourself. And with no one there to take a photograph of you why not play around with your self portrait by seeing what you come up with as you run over to the perfect lookout in the 10 second timer before you shutter releases.
So pack a bag, head out and make your next adventure a solo one! Never know what you might discover about yourself! Be sure to tell someone of your travel plans and be properly prepared with the right gear and knowledge, safety first!