“But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to…nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favorite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?” (Elizabeth Gilbert, from Eat Pray Love.)
So often, when sharing a meal or a drink with friends, our conversations turn to talk of the trips we’ve been on and the memories we’ve cultivated during these journeys. Most often, people go on trips with another person: a spouse, a partner, a lover, a friend, a family member, or in a group of fellow like-minded travelers. But I find some of the most interesting stories my friends have shared about traveling—and the most compelling memories I have about the trips I’ve been on – centre around travels embarked upon alone. Certainly, traveling solo isn’t easy. It can be daunting, and lonely, and challenging on many levels. But it can also be rewarding, and an opportunity to learn lessons about oneself and become more comfortable being alone – an important life skill.
Do you agree? Have you ever taken a trip alone, and if so, in what way was it memorable? If you haven’t, have you ever entertained the idea of traveling alone?