I’m not talking about a day trip or an afternoon by yourself at the mall. I’m talking about a full on planned vacation in your own company. I’ve taken a few trips by myself through out the years, most recently to Amsterdam last July. I was only there for three days, but I personally loved it! I have always enjoyed being by myself. I find it calming and rejuvenating. I even like to people watch and ease drop on other people’s conversations on occasion! When you are alone, you become so much more approachable than in a large group and strike up conversations you would have otherwise missed. I remember one time I was eating dinner by myself and the lady next to me randomly asked what book I was reading. We started talking and I found out she was a writer too. She gave me some great career advice and left me feeling all aglow!
When you travel alone, you can explore at your own pace and see as much or as little of your destination as you want sans guilt. You can stop to take a million pictures or eat at random times of the day. But most of all, you can soak in every detail of the place you might miss if you were busy chatting with a friend.
New York times writer Stephanie Rosenbloom beautifully captures her solo trip to Paris in one article, saying:
“It was easy in Paris to surrender to the moment. But why? What alchemy transmuted ordinary activities, be it a walk across a bridge or the unwrapping of butter, into a pleasure? My default speed in New York is “hurtle,” yet in Paris I dragged the edge of a fork across an oyster with a care better suited to sliding a bow across a violin.”
So I’m curious, would you ever travel alone? I am headed to Iceland for two days by myself in August on my way home from Germany. I can’t wait.
P.s. I asked a random stranger in Amsterdam to take that photo of me!