The (a)lone traveler?

The (a)lone traveler?


Traveling is one of the most eye-opening, breathtaking and inspiring experiences you can have in your life. When abroad, you’re able to see the world, learn history, meet new people, participate in distinct customs and eat mouth-watering food. Although we may not realize it when we’re doing these things, we are absorbing the wonders of humanity — past and present. Nothing is better than getting such experiences during a stress-free break abroad with your family and friends.

But, while that’s all well and good, a lot of people fail to comprehend the possibility having such an experience when traveling alone. In fact, doing anything alone these days seems to be tabooed. Why?

Because, in a world where instantaneous social media constantly floods to the masses and seeps into our lives, FOMO controls our actions. And in such a world, doing anything alone gives off the impression that you must be lonely — and that’s the last thing anyone would want anyone to think. After all, why would you possibly do something by yourself when you can do it with others, right?

Wrong. Here’s why.

Sure, traveling is eye-opening, but traveling alone is enlightening. You begin to learn and understand a lot more about yourself when you’re forced to spend time alone. You don’t have to worry about taking care of another person — making sure they get to go to the places they want to see or stopping to eat whenever they’re hungry. Simply put, you don’t have to make compromises. I don’t mean this selfishly,…

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