If you are single and still in the dating game, you will understand the pain that comes with the daily pressure to meet that special someone. While dating is fun and exciting, it may not always be the best option for you as a single person. There are other ways to gain unique experiences, grow and get to know yourself in ways you can’t when dating or in a relationship. Travelling is one of the ways as it has many advantages compared to getting involved with the dating scene.

No doubt, dating someone is a great experience and teaches very important lessons which help you to mature, but then travelling will do more for your mind and body than any relationship ever could. With that in mind, Jumia travel presents 6 reasons why travelling will benefit you far more than dating.


Travelling allows you to own your own identity

The usual when you are in a relationship is that you sync your life to flow with that of your boyfriend or girlfriend. You start to identify yourself as “we” rather than “I” and as such, you can no longer take certain decisions alone or go some places alone… it starts to feel like you are losing your identity. It can be wonderful to fall in love and see life through someone else’s eyes, but it can also stunt your own growth. Travelling allows you to create yourself and your own person with interests you find along the way and develop opinions.

You are free to try new things

When travelling, you find that you are free to try a lot of things you probably would have thought twice about before doing or even turn down because you are in a relationship.Whether it be letting yourself be twirled to some foreign music by a stranger or jumping off a cliff, you have no one giving you a reason to take a pause. Basically, you have the courage to do new things you would not have ever considered were you dating.

You can enjoy the moment without qualms

Being in a relationship ensures that you remain constantly concerned about or worried about someone else and a lot of other things. You are caught up in everyday worries about finances or plans that are only magnified with another person in the mix. Your mind is never completely free. Travelling, on the other hand, allows you to free your mind and just breathe without a care in the world. There’s no pressure to think about the future or define things, you are just happy living in the present moment. Also, you are free to roam how you want to roam without any restrictions from someone else – no consulting, no discussions, you’re in complete control of your journey.


You will have all the space you need

Being in a relationship can be restricting. When dating, you find you have to share a lot of things with your partner and you can easily be subject to the influence of the other person. When you’re travelling, you have all the space that you need. You can choose whatever kind of hotels you want or decide on what you want to spend your money on, etc.

It is easy to come out of your shell

Travelling can be the perfect way to enrich your life. It is a whole different way to build up your character and confidence which will shape you into the person that can be ready for a relationship somewhere down the line.

It builds up your social life

Most relationships can be restricting; you barely have the time to mingle with others as you schedule your time so that you can spend it with your partner. When you are travelling, whether you are an introvert or just shy, you are forced to come out of your shell and mingle with others, socialise. It is inevitable as chances are you will ask for directions or stay in a budget hotel/hostel where you just have to talk to someone and go on excursions.


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