I saw a quote the other. These may not be the exact words, but it went: “It’s better to travel alone than to travel with a bad companion.”
Traveling alone is not something that appeals to everyone. This is especially true for couples and people who are attached to their friends and family. Why should they travel alone? But what if you suddenly find yourself with idle time without anyone to spend it with? Should you stay at home and hole yourself up? I think it’s a better idea to make travel plans, even if you have to go at it alone.
Naturally, traveling alone might take a little bit more careful planning. The beauty of it, though, is that you do not have to consult anybody else with regard to what you want to do, when you want to do it.
One thing you might want to do is to get a guidebook that is geared towards solo travelers. You may not believe it, but there are LOTS of people who travel solo these days, and the guidebook writers are not ignoring this fact. From accommodations to restaurants to other hangouts – you will find practical information for the solo traveler.
Another good idea is to know exactly where you’re going and staying – at least for your first night. While adventure is exciting, it is safer to have set plans for your first night in a strange place. Give yourself time to get your bearings and then do whatever strikes your fancy.
Choose your destination wisely. If you are traveling alone because you are trying to get away from something unpleasant – say a failed relationship – then avoid destinations which are geared towards honeymooners! If you are traveling alone to meet new friends, choose a destination geared towards single travelers. If you just want to be alone, go to a remote beach island where no one will bother you.
At the end of the day, planning will get you a long long way.
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