The Art of Travelling Alone

Sometimes, waiting for people to get their act together or agree to do something isn’t worth it. You just have to make it happen yourself – and go for it alone. Sure, that isn’t always an option, but sometimes, it’s the best thing in the world.

I have been on one proper trip alone – taking off with my tent and no phone signal. I referenced this in my previous windsurfing post, but to this day, it is still one of the best and most freeing things that I have done.

The idea of being alone terrifies some people, but sometimes I like I nothing better.

I like being able to chose what I do, and when. I like being able to sit and watch people, to wander, to just observe.

Picture by me, quote from Daphne du Maurier

Picture by me, quote from Daphne du Maurier

I think there is value, in this world, where we are connected all the time, where we are attached to our phones and computers and technology, to be able to be alone, and not be scared by it.

And I know that not everyone is good at it – being alone – but, if you are able, then it is magical. Being alone is different to being lonely after all.

I find too that when you’re travelling alone, you’re more inclined to talk to other people, to notice other people who are alone. Those little moments of interaction, of connecting with people, or maybe becoming involved with a conversation you wouldn’t have had otherwise are wonderful. You’re more likely to be spontaneous, to do things that you wouldn’t do otherwise. There’s no one around to judge, or stop you. There’s no reason for you not to, and so it can be utterly freeing. At the same time, if you don’t want to talk or engage with anyone else, then that’s utterly fine. You can just do your own thing.

Maybe it’s because I like being by myself, like seeing things my own way, like exploring, but sometimes, I think that there’s nothing better. So go explore, wander, be free – be a traveler.

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