It's been a while since I last travelled on my own.
08.11.2016 - 06.12.2016
Come to think of it, I've got family or friends travelling with me, if not all the time, then something like nine times out of ten. Mind you, I've been an independent traveller all my life, and never really one for package holidays or group tours. So how come I've not travelled more on my own?
Well, I do rather enjoy the company. It's so simple. Think about dinnertime for starters. Or any mealtime for that matter. And those moonlight walks on the beach! It's just so nice to have someone to see, hear, taste, smell and feel the same odd and otherwise memorable things you did. Things that don't show in photos and will be impossible to try and explain afterwards.
Lately I've found it especially rewarding to travel with my niece and nephew. Thanks guys, for letting me have a fresh look at the world through your young eyes!
Healthy Long Life 2007. A much needed retreat to Ko Raya Yai, a small island not far from Phuket, Thailand. A perfect combination of solitude, sun and snorkeling.
Money is the other obvious reason. Solo travellers have to pay double for accommodation. At least if one's not willing to bunk in dorm rooms (and party) or risk it with bed bugs in cheap motels. With age I've come to find it less and less appealing to crash under the grand piano in the lobby of a cruise ship with a backpack as pillow and a cool leather jacket for covers... you know what I mean.
No, it's not luxury I'm after, just comfort really. Although I've certainly got nothing against affordable luxury. Unless it's an oxymoron. Is it?
Then there's the question of safety on the road. With a travel buddy you feel more safe and secure. Yet I doubt there's really safety in numbers. What I believe is that you just have be aware of what's going on around you, be prepared and avoid dangerous situations. No matter how many of you there are.
Check out this blog by Lea Woodward for an excellent list of travel safety tips. They are good even for the most seasoned traveller, solo or not. And that experience Lea had in Nice - a lifetime ago I was backpacking in Rome and it happened to me too. Only, I was lucky.
Now this time there's good reason not to have travel buddies along. I might actually get some statistical analysis (oh yes) and writing done. Don't worry, I've done my homework and prepared well for my trip. I'll be safe. And I'll get to share the wonders of the world with you here on the blog!