Thinking of traveling alone, but you’re feeling apprehensive because a) you’re a woman and b) you’re not sure if you would have a great time by yourself? We’re here to tell you that it’s one of the best decisions you could make.
Every year, we get solo women travelers at eXtreme Circus Cabarete in the Dominican Republic. It’s a safe, community-oriented place, with the friendliest people you’ll ever meet on this side of the world. Extreme Circus folks see the community as a family, so they make everyone they meet feel welcomed and right at home. That’s why women solo vacationers are never the same when they leave here. Having the time of their lives on their own helps them to discover themselves in fresh, fearless ways. Just go to one of our flying trapeze or aerial arts classes, and you’ll get a taste of what we mean. These circus activities are also super empowering. You’ll overcome your fears and learn something new at the same time.
That’s why we assure you that you don’t have to be afraid of traveling alone. Go for it! And while you’re at it, consider booking your stay at our exciting eXtreme Circus Camps.
Still not sure? Here are our seven reasons why you’ll love traveling alone.
7 Reasons for Traveling Alone
1. You will discover how brave you really are
If you’ve never taken a leap of faith before, you’ll never know what you’re capable of. You’ll miss an opportunity to develop your wings and fly beyond your comfort zone. Even if you feel afraid, do it while you’re scared. When you realize that your fears only existed in your mind, you’ll see that taking that plunge was more about showing you how courageous you really are. Then imagine what other brave acts you could do!
2. You will become more independent
We humans are social creatures, so it’s normal to do most activities with our families and friends. However, occasions will arise that will invite us to do things on our own. For example, your friends might not be able to make it on that long-awaited trip with you. What are you going to do? Cancel? When it’s all you’ve been thinking about? Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from living your dreams. Go on that trip by yourself. It will teach you to rely on your wits and help you to develop smarts you never knew you had. After your trip is over, you can apply those life skills in other situations. It’s a huge win for you!
3. You will celebrate your freedom
Even if you live alone and consider yourself a liberated woman, until you’ve taken a trip by yourself, you’ll miss seeing another side of freedom. Traveling solo is a form of daring self-expression. You’re showing society that you don’t need to be in the company of someone else to have a whale of a time. You’re being your own person. You make your own rules and live life on your own terms. What could be more freeing than that?
4. You will learn how to face the unknown
The unknown is a scary place. We wonder what’s lurking in it, pretty much like when some of us were children, afraid of the dark. But the beauty of life’s unknowns is that they teach us about faith and hope. When you face these unknowns head on, you’ll develop resilience and courage. Most of all, you’ll face yourself, the greatest unknown you’ll ever encounter. Travel is one of life’s greatest teachers. Imagine what you’ll learn when you explore places inside and outside of yourself that you’ve never journeyed to before.
5. You can do things at your own pace
There’s absolutely no rush or pressure when you’re traveling solo. You’re on your own schedule. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Take in the stunning views of Kite Beach. Literally stop and smell the beautiful local flowers. Chat with friendly Dominicans for as long as you want. Dance merengue all night without worrying about meeting a tight itinerary for the next day. Wash, rinse, repeat.
6. You will get to know yourself and what you’re made of
If you’ve always played it safe, traveling alone gives you the opportunity to shake things up so that you can truly know yourself. It exposes all your fears, so that you can confront them. On the flip side, it also shows you your bravery and belief in yourself, which are the other side of that coin. You’ll learn what you can and shouldn’t do. Your strengths and weaknesses surface, as well as the things you love and dislike. Why is all this necessary? So that you can truly know the real you that’s buried under the identities of daughter, sister, aunt, girlfriend, mother, or wife. After all, you have to live with YOU for the rest of your life, so you might as well get to know yourself.
7. It’s 100% your experience
That’s the whole point, isn’t it? It was never about anyone else. As much as you love the people in your life, when you travel with them, the experience is never wholly yours. Wouldn’t you want to have an undiluted experience of your own? Imagine what it would be like to create memories that are fully yours.
Are you ready to take the plunge and travel solo? We hope you’ll make it to eXtreme Circus in Cabarete, where you’ll create lifelong friendships and sweet memories.