Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.
– Alice Koller
Have you ever traveled alone? Would you? Why or why not?
An article in Lonely Planet tackles this issue and provides some tips for women travelling alone. The article is called, “Conquer Your Fear: 4 Tips for Solo Women Travelers.”
This article made me think about my own experience traveling alone. When I was in my mid twenties, I lived in Austin, Texas and spent a few years learning how to be alone, getting to know myself better outside the constraints and expectations of family and friends, truly learning how to savor opportunities for solitude.
To further my personal growth, I planned to travel alone to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion national parks. But at the last minute, I got cold feet and asked a friend to go along. That turned out to be a bad decision; this person is, sadly, no longer a friend for a variety of reasons.
The chemistry on the trip was not good and it put a dark cloud over the whole experience. I was disappointed in myself for chickening out and promised myself I would not let that happen again.
About a month later, I took my first solo trip. I drove up the west coast on the Pacific Coast highway in a rented convertible. This trip was absolutely life-changing and ignited my passion for solo travel.
After that trip, I took many trips by myself, including a month-long trip to Guatemala before I spoke a word of Spanish.
While I love traveling with my husband or with friends, solo travel will always hold a very special place in my heart.
There is a beauty to being able to control every aspect of a trip, from what sites to see, to what time to wake up.
You can even control bathroom breaks without worrying about disrupting someone else’s plans. Such luxury!
Getting over the initial nerves of a solo trip can be a challenge, but it can also be one of the best opportunities for personal growth.
I am glad I overcame my fears and would love to hear readers’ stories about their fears or passions for solo travel – or both.
What do you think? Have you ever taken a solo trip? Where did you travel? If you haven’t done this, do you have fears of this type of experience? If you have done this, what did you learn along the way? Why do you think we have a fear of traveling alone? Do you prefer to travel alone or with another person? Why?
I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading.
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