A little bit of everything has been happening to me since I started travelling alone. I am not just talking about the experiences I lived while travelling, but also to unexpected changes of my character, which also affected, both positively and negatively, my sensitivity.
That’s why it came to my mind to write some of the things that have been happening to me since I started travelling alone.
1) I smile more at people
All those who travel alone know that, if they want to strike up a friendship with other travellers, they must necessarily show off a beautiful smile and start talking. Often these approaches between travellers turn into long chats and sometimes it also happens that you end up with sharing a part of the journey.
I carried with me this habit of greeting with a smile even once back home and I never abandoned it.
2) I am a loner
Yes, it is just as this. I look for loneliness more than I look for company. This doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate or wish to spend my time with my friends, on the contrary! It means that I have quit being afraid of remaining alone and I have accepted that sometimes I need it. While travelling, I often met people who were travelling alone but constantly tried to get in contact with others, by becoming almost “exhausting” with their continuous requests for company. I would not become like that!
3) I have quit saying that I do not have sense of direction, because I have it!
For years, I have thought to be a disaster with direction, for this reason I used to delegate whoever was with me to search for the road to follow on the map. However, since my first travel I realized that I had a quite developed sense of direction and that I was very intuitive about the roads to take. Actually, I have never lost myself! Sometimes I was hesitant, but I always managed to go where I wanted, whether on foot or by underground.
4) I have become a bit more susceptible
I have always been a bit susceptible, but since I started travelling alone, I am more. This is because when you do something that is not fully accepted from a moral and a social point of view, you are pestered with questions. I am quite introvert and I get very tough when somebody who knows me only superficially asks me questions about my choices or my life, and travelling alone is one of these.
5) I am more curious than before
I have always been curious like a cat, but travelling alone has dramatically intensified this aspect of my character. I sneak into any little door I see and I am extraordinarily attracted by secondary paths. I ask so many questions to each traveller I meet because I want to know everything about the country from where he/she comes and sometimes I turn to be even intrusive! I can’t help it. I do not quit until I have satisfied my curiosity.
I am convinced that sometimes travelling helps you evolve and find out new aspects of your character, both positive and negative.
I have found out the ones mentioned above, and what about you? What has been happening to you since you started travelling alone?