Why I Travel Alone Sometimes

Some people shy away from traveling alone,​ a​ few embrace it. This article looks at​ the​ decided advantages of​ going it​ alone.

First,​ traveling solo is​ the​ ultimate freedom. the​ itinerary you​ set and all the​ decisions you​ make are your creations without concern or​ acquiesence to​ any other person or​ group. in​ other words,​ no compromises. No arguments,​ no second-guessing!

Traveling alone is​ a​ confidence builder as​ well. When I was young,​ at​ the​ tender age of​ 16 I traveled alone to​ work in​ Biddeford-Saco,​ Maine. I was over a​ hundred miles from home and family for the​ first time in​ my life. I was just a​ snipe of​ a​ boy and yet I was never terrified. Only a​ bit lonely. in​ retrospect,​ I realize the​ great value of​ that small journey (though a​ big one at​ the​ time) for a​ new found confidence was born in​ me. This always happens with travel by oneself. you​ learn you​ can solve problems,​ get over the​ blues,​ and find hidden treasures all by yourself.

Have you​ noticed that when you're on​ your own as​ a​ Traveling Pauper,​ people are more willing to​ start a​ conversation with you? you​ may feel like taking the​ initiative as​ well. Up pops an​ invitation for a​ meal,​ a​ side trip,​ a​ stay at​ someone's home. For some odd reason people keep a​ slight distance from couples and groups for they seem so self-contained in​ their association. Whereas the​ single Pauper looks ready about for a​ fellow human being that he might engage at​ any moment in​ pleasant conversation and simple exhanges about his travels.

Thomas Jefferson once said: "One travels more usefully when alone because he reflects more." It's true: you​ have abundant time for contemplating,​ even vegetating,​ or​ anything you​ want. a​ day long visit to​ one museum? No problem. a​ long hike on​ a​ trail frought with danger? Not an​ issue. you​ don't have to​ deal with someone else's mood swings,​ ---nor they with yours.

Here are two more exicting reasons that solo travel apeals to​ me: I find you​ learn language faster when you​ don't have someone else talking to​ you​ in​ your own all the​ time. It's funny,​ but we interact,​ are FORCED to​ interact much more frequently when we travel alone in​ a​ country that doesn't speak our native tongue. And finally,​ romance. I won't get into specifics,​ (this is​ such a​ tender and private sort of​ thing) but when you're on​ your own you're free to​ meet someone who might turn out to​ be very important in​ your life.

The most important factor to​ consider in​ your decision to​ make a​ trip alone is​ your own sense of​ independence. if​ you​ find that you​ have little tolerence for the​ idiosyncracies of​ others (and I confess this is​ my problem) you​ might be happier traveling alone.

But what if​ you​ have an​ eager spouse,​ relative,​ or​ friend that would feel somehow diminisehd by your decision to​ take off by yourself? Not to​ sound indelicate but,​ that my friend,​ is​ your problem. You'll simply have to​ open up these relationships in​ your life and solidly communicate the​ value of​ traveling alone. I pray your loved ones will be open and understanding enough to​ allow your wish to​ become reality.

I have a​ whole section in​ my book: 'Travel Cheap Travel Well!"- Confessions of​ a​ Traveling Pauper on​ this issue of​ solo travel,​ as​ well as​ the​ many vagaries and benefits of​ traveling with a​ partner or​ a​ group.

But in​ this article,​ I hope I've at​ least opened the​ door,​ shown you​ the​ great benefits of​ leaving everyone behind as​ you​ discover the​ world INSIDE and outside of​ yourself.

Why not plan such a​ trip this year? Tell everyone of​ your decision or​ keep it​ to​ yourself and,​ with no explanation given,​ leave with great joy in​ your heart for the​ adventure to​ come. It's your choice!

As for this Pauper,​ I've done both and found each a​ liberating experience each time. in​ such action I've rediscovered that little boy that traipsed off to​ far away Maine on​ his own without permission asked or​ granted. I rebel still at​ conformity and the​ ristriction of​ others upon me. I wasn't placed on​ this earth to​ always bekon to​ anyone who wished to​ call.

So,​ I challenge you​ to​ answer your own inner traveling pauper,​ to​ pick up your courage and let your heart lead the​ way to​ a​ new adventure and landscape. Be it​ near or​ far---go it​ alone!
Why I Travel Alone Sometimes Why I Travel Alone Sometimes Reviewed by Henda Yesti on September 15, 2018 Rating: 5

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