A couple of years ago I colored my hair green. The reactions of my family members was not mixed, no one liked it. One son asked, “why is your hair green?”
My answer? “Why not?” I also added, “Because I could.”
By the way, Henry Winkler didn’t blink twice at the color, and was quick to give me a photo op.
It’s the same answer when someone asks why I want to travel alone. “Why not? Also, I can.” True sometimes I travel solo out of necessity, there’s no one to go with me. Instead of letting my lack of companionship stop me, I boldly go where I’ve never been before.
Okay. Maybe not so boldly. But, I do take a deep breath and dive in. Going here and there, meeting new people, seeing new sights, attending new events, enjoying life. Some other reasons for traveling alone:
- No one to cramp my style. I am basically a polite and considerate person, as most of us are. However, when I travel alone, I don’t have to consider anyone else’s wants or desires. If I want to take an early morning walk and check out the local farmers market. I can, and know I won’t be disturbing my travel mate.
- Experience new cuisines. A travel partner won’t stop me from eating what I want. However, being a considerate human (see number 1) I would avoid eating establishments that served foods my counterpart didn’t enjoy. By myself? I’m free to try anything, and find I may like something I expected to not enjoy, New England Clam Chowder is awesome, a big surprise for me. There is always the possibility I won’t like a food that has received rave reviews from others. I’ll pass on the lobster thanks.
- Meet new people. Most of my friends are hesitant to talk to anyone they don’t know. This cuts down drastically on conversations. It also eliminates the possibility of learning new things.
- Solo travel allows spontaneity. When traveling with someone their choices must be considered (see number one.) Being willing to travel alone means I can go off on a tangent (sure, I’ll keep it safe) without feeling I’m abandoning my companion. Solo travel also means I can go somewhere if the notion occurs. This summer, for example, I am making an effort to see different parts of Oklahoma. With a travel partner when we went where would have to be coordinated. On my own? I go where I want, when I want (and can afford.)
- Add confidence. My first trip alone, not to visit family was sort of, in a way, work related. I’d just completed a video challenge and was invited to a seminar. I booked the flight and hotel room, arranged to have a roommate, all on my own. Not only did I have a great time, and have some stimulating and interesting conversations, the trip bolstered in me. It taught me I can do whatever I want. Sometimes it may take some time and ingenuity, however, I can get it done. Like the birds on the quilt, solo travel reminds me to soar.
Do you travel solo?
What’s your favorite tip for solo travel?
Do you prefer international or local travel.