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Why travel alone

2019-01-07 | views: 314

You no longer need to take into account the desires and needs of your fellow travelers: traveling alone allows you to get a unique experience without looking at others. Family vacation, a romantic weekend together - we experience many unforgettable moments in trips in the company of other people. However, single trips can sometimes give you access to unique impressions that are hardly possible when you have to take into account the desires and needs of fellow travelers.

To get more information on this topic, we turned to Quora's online collective search community, asking its users: “What is it like traveling alone?”.

You never know what will happen - and whom you meet

“Traveling alone, I force myself to communicate more with others and is ready for surprises,” said Janice Wau, the author of a blog called Solo Traveler. - As a result, I wandered through the streets of Lhasa and received an invitation to the tea-house, which traditionally was visited by men; I rode a motorcycle between the lakes of Udaipur; I was called to the underground gaming hall in Shanghai; I dived in the Red Sea and walked around the tea plantations in Munnar. ”

According to Mario Wilson from San Francisco, he asks any questions and dispenses with a guide. “[The guide] will not provide me with the impressions I aspire to. They are determined by the people I meet on my way, and these meetings are determined by what I myself <...> In Cambodia, one of my taxi drivers used to participate in the Khmer Rouge movement. For half a day I asked him questions about his life and about whether his views on the past changed after he became a father. ”

“To this day, I am amazed at the fact that you can speak for four or five hours in a language that I don’t speak - and be understood,” he says.

You will learn where to feed better.

“If you are ready for new tastes - traveling alone for you,” says American Stephen Ford. “If you really want to try the grill of a bull’s heart, fish heads curry, or lamb brain sandwiches, no one breaks your plans to eat chicken wings with nachos in the next Hard Rock Cafe.”

Traveling alone, you can each time share a meal with a new person. “One of my favorite questions is where is it better to have lunch and where would you take your family? - says Mario Wilson. “Often I offer this person to pay for his lunch if he agrees to order food himself.”

Anonymity is a big plus

“Whatever happens in Vegas, will remain in Vegas,” writes the user, Bowmick. “You can be much more relaxed if no one finds out about this at home.” And Lawrence Kurniavan from Jakarta offers to talk to strangers, even if you are usually shy and modest. “If you don’t like them, you’ll just go in different directions,” he said. - There is no need to communicate with people who are unsympathetic to you. In the end, this is your adventure! ”

According to Stephen Ford, traveling alone also relieves a person from cultural patterns.

“When you drive without a company, there are no representatives of your culture near you who could support you,” he says. “As a result, you behave less like a tourist and more like a local.” Therefore, the locals are beginning to treat you differently. ”

Loneliness will pass

Traveling alone can be replete with revelations and the establishment of new, deep connections, but such is not every minute of the trip.

“Relationships with people usually make us happy. Laugh together, tease each other, invent only jokes that are understandable to each other, watch how others dance funny, create joint memories, grow together, share everything with each other, experience joint adventures or go somewhere for the whole night, learn, love ... It’s worth living for that, writes Kyle Pennell, who moved from the USA to Mexico. “It happens, it happens during solo travels, but it also often doesn’t happen.”

If solo traveler is overwhelmed by loneliness, Pennell advises “just be ready for it, accept and accept it”. It will pass.

Source: BBC Travel