“Why do you travel alone?” “Don’t you find it boring?” These are the questions I have been asked many times. I live in
Imagine this: what I would do if I didn’t travel? I might watch soap operas or “re-read” The Da Vinci Code. Aren’t those more boring! Some may think I should have traveled with a few companions. Well, apparently, I can’t point a gun at someone – preferably a woman – and say, “Let’s go to
So you get the answer.
Many people can’t live without friends. They would cancel their recreation activities, such as shopping, if not joined by their ‘gang members’. To me, not having company is no excuse for not going to the destination I yearn for.
I have backpacked to
I may be a lone traveler, but I am not alone!
(Confused? Chew on the words.)
To be sure, there are some benefits of traveling alone. During my Northern Thailand trip in January 2007, I had chance to talked to four other solo tourists – one British woman, one Italian man and two Japanese retirees. I also chat with a Thai woman who traveled with her farang boyfriend as well as hosts/hostesses of several guesthouses. Had I traveled with my friends, I would be less inclined to interact with other people. One thing which surprised me was, I saw many Japanese who either travel alone or in pairs. We often view
As a lone traveler, I have maximum freedom. I hardly book accommodation in advance, and usually search for it only after I arrive at my destination. I also have the convenience to change my plan. In one instance, I decided to extend my stay in
That said, I have to admit that I do sometimes feel lonely, especially at night. I also have to bear with higher transportation costs – e.g. tuk-tuk fare – since I cannot share them with partners.
None of these drawbacks, of course, will deter me from traveling. After several memorable solo trips, I am starting to be proud as a lone traveler.