It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others…Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity.” – Alain de Botton
You get off the plane, the sights and smells and sounds of the place overload your senses. Conversations are happening all around you, but you can’t understand any of them. Trying to find the bus stop, you scan the signs, but none of them are in an alphabet you’re capable of reading. You’ve got an hour and a half to get to the city center and catch your train, and if you don’t catch the next bus departure, your only other option is to hail a cab. You’re completely, utterly alone.
Now let’s stop. How does that scenario make you feel? Are you terrified or thrilled? Stressed or invigorated?
Traveling alone tends to be one of those things that people love or they hate. For some, it’s the only way to go — they enjoy the freedom and flexibility of it. For others, it’s a daunting prospect — they want to share the experience, or feel better having a travel buddy. In this post, we’re going to look at how to go traveling alone without going crazy! [Read more…]