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5 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone at least Once In Your Lifetime

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November 23, 2016: Undoubtedly it’s great to spend your vacations with your family, friends, or your lover, but traveling alone can be completely incredible and a life-changing experience. Here are 5 reasons why you should travel alone at least once in your lifetime.

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1. You’ll learn how To Thrive Outside Your Comfort Zone
As you welcome unfamiliar places and situations when you travel, you go out of your comfort zone. A solo trip may even surprise you when you see yourself not just surviving, but thriving outside your comfort zone, which is essential for growth.

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Representational image. Pixabay

2. You’ll learn To Be Decisive
When you travel alone, you automatically learn to be decisive which is not possible if you are traveling with a group or partner. Traveling solo forces you to rely on yourself truly. You don’t depend on anyone and also realize that you can make good choices without taking help from others.

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Representational image. Pixabay

3. You’ll be recharged
Traveling alone will allow you to get enough rest and relaxation you desire. If you travel solo, you don’t have to worry about setting your alarm if you don’t really want to. You can take time to nurture your mind, and body in the ways.

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Representational image. Pixabay

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4. You Will Meet New People
The best part of traveling alone is you’ll be meeting new people. Since you’ll be alone, you are more likely to strike up conversations with strangers. And, meeting people from different backgrounds can be inspiring. You may meet some amazing people in the locality or other travellers like yourself; either way you’ll end up making new friends during the journey.

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Representational image. Pixabay

5. You Discover
Traveling solo gives you ample amount of time for self-discovery. You can simply sit and think about what your priorities and passions. You and your naked soul can then find out what really matters to you in your life.

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Now Paralyzed Can Also Walk Due To Exoskeleton Technology

Technology helps in walking

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Patrick Wensing tests out an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in his lab at the University of Notre Dame. He and his team are working to make the machines more intuitive.
Patrick Wensing tests out an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in his lab at the University of Notre Dame. He and his team are working to make the machines more intuitive. VOA

An accident, a stroke, or a disease can leave someone paralyzed and unable to walk. That happens to more than 15 million people around the world each year.

But new technological advances and physical therapy could help some of them walk again.

Among the most promising is the use of robotic exoskeletons, like one made by Ekso Bionics. It looks a bit like a backpack that straps on the user’s back and around the midsection. Robotic ‘legs’ complete with foot panels extend from either side of the pack and wrap around the patient’s legs. A video game-style controller attaches to the pack with a long cord.

The EksoGT robotic exoskeleton is being used in more than 200 rehabilitation centers around the world, including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.
The EksoGT robotic exoskeleton is being used in more than 200 rehabilitation centers around the world, including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. VOA

“I’m going to be a robot!”

Lindsey Stoefen has been doing physical therapy with the exoskeleton for an hour a day, as she works to recover from the rare disorder that put her in a wheelchair in October.

The 17-year-old athlete climbed into a specially designed exoskeleton for the first time in late April, after becoming an in-patient at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago.

She recalls being nervous. “I was like ‘Dang, I’m going to be a robot!’ I was scared at first. I was like, ‘Am I going to like it? Will I be okay?’ And once I got into it, I loved it.”

Lauren Bularzik, Lindsey’s physical therapist, says the exo robots help to accelerate the rehabilitation process. “For someone who takes a lot of energy to only walk a few feet, exo can get them up, can get them moving, it can supplement their movements, get that reciprocal pattern, encourage the correct motor planning.”

Beside speeding up recovery times, these robotic skeletons are especially helpful for those with paralysis, from spinal cord injuries and strokes. Using the machine can help some patients rewire their brains to use secondary muscles, so they can eventually walk again – without the device.

The downside

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame are leading the way with their work on wearable robots that allow patients to regain some or all of their mobility. But Patrick Wensing, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, says exoskeletons have one big drawback.

Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk
Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk. Flickr

“While existing exoskeletons are very powerful, they don’t understand what the user wants to do. So in order to transition between activities in daily life, you often have to press a button interface to tell the exoskeleton ‘I would like to stand up now.’”

Wensing and his team are collaborating with Ekso Bionics, a leading developer of wearable robots, to create a machine that can understand what its user wants to do without implanted sensors and complicated control panels.

The new three-year project funded by The National Science Foundation’s robotic initiative, hopes to achieve a more fluid, intuitive system.

Taylor Gambon has spent the last year analyzing data from exoskeleton users and comparing them to models of everyday walking. “What we’re seeing is that slow walking in general, whether in the exoskeleton or just the human, is much different from walking at a speed that you would choose naturally.”

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Later this year, the team will travel to Ekso Bionics’ California headquarters, where they will work directly with exoskeletons to design programs that interact with users of various disabilities, so that more people like Lindsey Stoefen can get back on their feet again. (VOA)