Lots of people I know dream of traveling the world, but they never seem to get around to it. They wait until they think it’s the perfect time, they try to coordinate their schedules with a friend, or they think they’ll have time to travel later in life. Me? I say forget about all that – travel alone! I’ve done exactly that many times over the years, and I can’t recommend it enough.
People always comment that I’m brave for traveling by myself. I don’t think of it that way at all. It’s just practical. I can go whenever and wherever I choose. I can see and do things that interest me without having to worry that it’s boring the other person. No tour groups to follow, no rigid itineraries.
Don’t you get lonely? That’s the second question. Sure, sometimes you wish you could share the moment with someone, but phones and email can keep you connected. My only constant companions are my camera and my travel journal. I take tons of pictures and do my best to write each day I’m away. Sharing the stories with family and friends when I return is almost as good as them being there.
In my experience, people have been extraordinarily nice and helpful. Yes, even the French! They’ve given me directions, shown me their favorite sites, invited me to dinner, and even helped me repair my camera in a crunch. As long as you are kind to the locals, express an interest in their country, and do your best to attempt a foreign phrase or two, most people are happy to help you out. Just be aware of your surroundings, have some common sense, and always let someone know where you are – a few simple precautions go a long way.
So get out there and experience all the things you want to experience. You won’t regret it!