Solo travel is one of the best ways to see the world, but it is far more than that too. It is a baptism of fire, an adventure that will push you out of your comfort zone and forge you into a stronger, more resilient version of yourself. Here is why all men should travel solo at least once in their lives.
Modern masculinity has taken a lot of hard hits in the last few decades with men constantly being demonised and labelled as toxic, leaving many men to drop out of society, go their own way and struggle to find themselves again in a society that seems to despise them. But there is hope, with many men rediscovering their inner manhood through travel, specifically solo travel.
Don’t get me wrong, the lads trip to Shagaluf on a stag do or the gap year with your best mate are all well and good, and there is nothing wrong with travelling with others if you want to, but you really can’t beat travelling solo.
Solo travel has a way of making you a stronger, better version of yourself that will let you celebrate those aspects of your manhood that are supposedly toxic and let you have adventures beyond the scope of many mere mortals. There are so many tangible and intangible benefits to travelling the world on your own terms, and here is exactly why all men should travel solo at least once in their lives.
The sense of adventure.
Men throughout history have been defined by their adventures, and what can be more adventurous than setting off around the world with nothing more than your wits and your skills?
You come back with some epic stories!
Climbing an active volcano and peering down the crater? Trekking through a tropical jungle? Being trained in traditional martial arts by a grand master in a hidden village? Getting stranded on a tropical island because a storm cancelled all the ferries back? These are not stories you can get on a two week bender in Benidorm with your mates! And yes, these are just some of the things that have happened to me!
Enjoy some real masculine adventure activities.
Travelling around the world gives you the opportunity to do some amazing things, but it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy all those testosterone driven manly things that you would never normally get to do at home. Get back to nature and go wild camping in a jungle, head to a shooting range and pick the biggest calibre rifle they have, jump on an ATV for the afternoon or even fulfil your boyhood fantasies of training to be an astronaut! It is all possible.
It gives you a wider perspective.
When you are travelling solo you tend to be more open to new experiences and paradigms than when you are travelling with someone else, where you tend to be more insular and involved with them. Solo travel allows you the opportunity to spend time with other travellers and more importantly locals, it exposes you to different paradigms, different ways of thinking and different cultures.
Nothing widens a mans world view like seeing and experiencing the way other people live. It will widen your perspective and give you a new understanding for other countries and cultures, make you evaluate your own values and make you a better, more open man in the long run.
It makes you a stronger person.
As awesome as things are when you are travelling the world on your own terms, you are stepping further and further out of your comfort zone every single day you are out there. You are trying new things, expanding your mind with new paradigms and ways of seeing the world, learning new skills and honing yourself into a better, stronger and more capable man as a result. Even when things go wrong, which they always do, every emergency is a hammer blow that will forge you into a stronger person. Many of these mishaps and disasters even become some of your best travel stories!
It builds self confidence.
Alongside this strength comes the unshakeable self confidence with knowing that you can deal with anything life throws at you, and that confidence lasts far longer than your initial trip. Train delays making you late for that meeting? Big deal, you once got stuck in a foreign country when all flights out were suddenly cancelled. Can’t find your way somewhere because the satnav is on the fritz? So what? You once got lost in a tropical jungle and managed to find your way out with nothing but a big stick and whatever you had in your pockets! Is the world seemingly losing its mind over a global pandemic or some other international catastrophe? Calm down, you’ve survived worse!
You Learn To Live In The Moment.
An important part of healthy masculinity is learning to live in the moment, to be present in your own mind rather than constantly worrying about work or career or all those other things that lead to stress and mental health problems. Despite the aberration of Instagrammers who are never off their damn phones, travel teaches us to unplug, enjoy the moment and explore our surroundings as much as ourselves.
It gives you power over your life and priorities.
Most men get caught up in the rut society puts them in, work, consume, pay bills and die. Travel gives you a different perspective, it shows you there is more to the world than buying the latest mobile phone at a ridiculously inflated places. Once your life is filled with memories of sailing down the Amazon, of seeing the pyramids up close or climbing active volcanoes, everything else seems less important. Once travel is in your blood, it is there to stay.
You can be completely selfish!
Okay I know being selfish isn’t normally considered a good thing but in this case it is. Travelling solo means that you have the world at your feet and the only person you have to answer to is yourself. You have no one to look after, no one to compromise with, you can do what you want when you want, and that level of independence is impossible to give up even after you come home, and independence is a core tenet of masculinity.
This is why all men should travel solo at least once in their lives. Apart from the epic, manly adventures you can have and stories you can come back with, it gives you the innate skills, temperament and outlook that you need to be a real man in today’s society, something that society itself is denying most men today.