“Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity.”
― Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
Some people should travel alone; I think I am one of them. Of course I can and have travelled with others but at those times I have been too easily influenced by their perceptions and lost my own nascent thoughts and feelings about the journey. Contrary to a common perception that travelling alone can be a fearful and lonely experience, solo travel has a luxurious dimension.
1. You get to be an abundant creator of your travel experience. If you choose, you can let go of the past and try out a completely new persona, one that synergises with the locals and the place. Something you couldn’t do with a companion who insists on a consistency with who you were in the past
2. You get to choose your mood and if you don’t like it, you alone have the power to change it. You are not dependent on another’s mood to flavour steps in the journey
3. Your discoveries-about life, yourself and the journey-are entirely your own
4. You can be indulgent with the time you take to reflect on and process the meaning of your journey-you don’t have to be in a rush to come to a judgement about a place or people. In fact, your assessment of the great time you had last July can be overtaken by an even better and unexpected journey this July. Travel changes our measure of enjoyment.
5. You get to change your plans in an instant without consultation or explanation;such is the luxury of meeting your own needs
6. You get to appreciate the every journey through life is singular, but most of us will try and and normalise ours in order to fit in with others
7. Some may see this form of travel as selfish but along with these luxuries, big and small, comes the responsibility to make the journey your own. You can’t blame others when things fall apart because you know its up to you to take the initiative and at best,when things fall apart, you can discover a new path or dimension 5o the journey. At worst, its a learning experience
8. When you reconnect with friends and family, you can offer them the gift of sharing your unique experiences along the way.
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