I don’t know how society got it in their heads that traveling, living life, doing anything “solo” is somehow a bad thing. I have traveled plenty a time with my immediate family, my family circle, friends, and so on. So MANY differences of when you do it alone vs with someone else, and I just wanted to break down MY experiences with it so you know that is OK to do so. (Not that you need my advice or permission, you are a grown adult, do what you feel like LOL)
First, every decision is mine. When to wake up, to leave, to drive, to pull over, to eat, and so on. I am not asking the back seat, up and down through every State, who has to use the restroom, who needs to eat, and so on. As you can tell, I have driven across the Country with my hubby and kids, and I can tell you that the freedom in being able to make an adventure about yourself and no one else is pure bliss.
Second, people think you will get lonely. Now, that depends on who you are. In the great words of Pumbaa “I’m a sensitive soul, but I seem thick skinned.” So it wouldn’t matter who is with me or not, I see something that makes me sad, I cry. And when I get lonely, and for me, yes it happens, I go online and chat with my friends, I call my family, I Facetime or Marco someone, and I feel better. No one is really ever alone when you have the Internet.
Third, there are MANY like you traveling alone so get out of your comfort zone and talk to them. Now, be safe, we don’t need anyone “Datelined” on their journey, so don’t give out personal things like where you are staying or that you’re even alone. Someone can be waiting for you at the room, getting gas, etc. while you talk or meet someone. My point? This World is still a scary place, but a beautiful one with still good people in it. Choose wisely.
Last but not least, a journey with you and the Mother Road is food for your soul when it is just you and it. There is no one to talk too, if you choose, and that means talking to yourself and making peace with the demons in your head. It can be an empowering, soul searching mission which changes your life, BECAUSE you went alone. Taking the distractions out of our paths makes room for the clear vision we all need. Whether it’s letting go of emotional or physical stuff, it is in that time we build ourselves up to be better and brighter individuals and THAT is why going solo can be the best thing for anyone.
I hope this has made sense, and that it isn’t coming off as a rant. I KNOW traveling with others can be just as fulfilling, I have made many a trip like that as well. But sometimes the scariest person we don’t want to travel with is the mirror looking back at us…. trust me, do it, it will change your life!
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