There’s not much that’s more beneficial to us all than travelling. It expands our horizons and makes us really realise the importance of exploring and not living in one place all the time. Travelling solo has great advantages. If you’re thinking of doing the One Year Grad Visa alone here are the best reasons why you should:
But First, What is the ‘Graduate USA Visa’?
The Graduate USA Visa is a programme run between the Irish and US Governments. The goal of the programme is to promote cultural exchange between the two countries while giving Irish participants the opportunity to gain experience in a real life career based job. Irish graduates must participate in internships related to their field of study while participating in this program. Now this makes it a lot different from other visas like the J1 Summer Visa or the Canadian IEC visa. This Visa gives you the opportunity to explore a completely new city while working in a field you’re actually interested and qualified in!
1. You will get to know yourself better
Once you’re out there in the US and on your own you will be faced with decisions you need to make and fears you need to conquer. You will discover your true self and how much you are capable of. Travelling exposes you to unique experiences where you get to know yourself inside out. Do you remember that little kid that always wanted to travel the world, who wanted to wander? Do you remember when you wanted to expand and grow as a human being through exploring different places around the world? Well now’s the time!
Once you’re on your own, you’ll discover the importance of following and listening to your own heart. Your focus will be much better and you’ll thoroughly enjoy the experience. You will live and feel so much more now. A destination far away might help you find answers about your true purpose in life and what is it you are really meant to do.
2. It will get you out of your comfort zone
Going to unknown places and destinations will encourage you to learn how to rely on yourself at difficult times. Being away from the comfortable social circle of your home and friends will challenge you in many different ways, it will also test your patience. By putting yourself out there, you’ll be able to explore this beautiful country and discover many new and exciting places.
You might be challenged to explain where you are going in your career or do research for hours. Both of these experiences will test your ability to overcome obstacles, challenge you and help you grow as an individual.
3. It’s cheaper
When you travel on your own it is much easier to keep up with your budget because you are the one who decides where and what to eat. That also means that it’s much easier to save up money for other things such as trying an adventurous sport or travelling to a distant island during your time off.
4. You will make new friends easier
Being a solo traveller makes it much easier to interact with the local people and make some new friendships. The truth is that the locals are much more interested in what someone travelling on his or her own is doing in their country. They’re also more likely to help you out and could be also more open and engaging. Your co-workers will also see you as a more independent and strong worker. You will be someone they can rely on.
5. You get to choose your own path
When you are on your own, you get the opportunity to plan your own path and the decisions you want to make. When you are travelling with other people, often you have to compromise visiting some places so that everyone is happy about it. Travelling on you own means that you get to choose the extra activities you want to do and plan your year abroad in a way that benefits you most. You can focus on your work, or you can visit a different state without having to worry about what someone else wanted to do.
6. You will learn how to rely on yourself
Travelling to other countries in the world will show you the importance of relying on yourself in difficult situations. You are the most important person in your life so make sure you learn how to trust your own instinct, take decisions and make your own choices. That will help you further in life when it comes to taking an important step in your career because you will realise that it is you who creates the reality around you and it is significant to respect your own needs. Be selfish!
7. It will boost your confidence
Being on your own on your year abroad will help you gain valuable skills and turn you into a more confident person. The experience of travelling alone will challenge your limits and ability to cope with obstacles. It’s these challenges and obstacles that will make you a stronger person and help you grow as a traveller and human being. This will especially pay off in terms of doing a work internship abroad. Just being away in a different country on your own is a challenge itself and all the other things that you will have to organise will help you realise that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, only if you keep going.
8. You reflect on the experience better
You can reflect on the whole experience much better because you were the solo traveller who took the courage and action to go and experience what it would be like to work abroad. Your reflections on the trip will make you realise all the things you learned on the road, the friendships you made, the choices you were faced with and the challenges you overcame. The whole experience can be more amazing because you can focus on the things that excite you and visit places that interest you.
9. You will start enjoying your own company
You can see the importance of “me time” only when you have travelled somewhere alone. You will start appreciating your own company much more and enjoying the time you spend on your own. Being alone abroad is also a great way to connect with your higher self spiritually and enhance the relationship you have with yourself.
10. It’s good for your well-being
Each one of us can admit that travelling makes us happy and excited. It can reduce stress, calm your body and mind and also show you one of the most important reasons we live on this planet: to reunite with the natural world and be part of every beautiful place on the Earth.
So, you really want to go it solo, but are you kind of terrified? That’s completely understandable. So if you are, but still want to go it alone, we here at USIT have a buddy system set in place and we will be able to pair you up with others like you in your area. The last thing we want you to feel is nervous or afraid of going it alone, so we want to help you, and this buddy system has helped thousands of graduates settle in much more easily.
Still not convinced? Check out how Eleanore Hutch got on in New York and you definitely will be!