A wise man once said, that it can be scary traveling alone, especially when you've never done it before. But, to me, growing old without experiencing everything you want from life is scarier... Well it wasn't really a wise man, it was me, and I read it somewhere in the depths of the Internet on a travel website. Over the past few years, it has been increasingly evident that I have grown apart from my friends. They're still nice people, but to me they seem to have either moved away, or lost the passion, fun and excitement for life they once had. School was great, we gossiped, giggled and went on lots of adventures, there was excitement and meaning to life. These days, they're rather, well, dull. I don't know whether it's just me, but they have lost their sense of adventure, they have no lust for life, the passion has dwindled and they seem focused on just being normal, which is great, but to me, rather boring.
I have often felt lost with the thought of growing apart from people, but I can't help the fact I have a burning desire for more. I want adventure and fun, to laugh and be carefree. I want to try new things, feel new experiences, smell, see, eat, just do, different things in different places. Only a decade ago, if you were in the same situation and have done what I have it would of been frowned upon, seen as weird, strange and seedy. Some people still think like that, but I am one of the ever increasing people that are traveling the world alone. I don't mean metaphorically either, their are now a vast number of solo travels that are grasping life and living the way they want to live. Gone are the days of settling, sitting at home dreaming, wishing for more, to see more, to do more. Us sista' are doing it for ourselves.
I've travelled alone within the UK before, but I have now booked a transatlantic cruise from Southampton to Miami. Visiting several stops on the way like Boston, New York and Bermuda. I've always wanted to visit New York, and have always enjoyed the luxurious idea of cruising, so it seemed perfect, plus, it was on sale!
There are many advantages to traveling alone, the main one is that you're in control! You don't have to fracture other people in your decisions. You can eat where you want, wake and sleep whenever, visit whatever takes your fancy without a second thought. If you're confident enough to reach for it, your world can be your oyster, or a playground of fulfilment. You can relax or be full on in adventure. You can choose to be alone or make friends with the world, if you want it, you really can have it. As more people are opting for solo travelling, websites and blogs are popping up all over the Internet with tips, experiences and advice for anyone who wants to put themselves first and go ahead... I've done it several times, and from my experience, I'd rather travel alone than with a friend that doesn't share the same interests as you, I've been there, done that, learnt my lessons. Sometimes you just have to remind yourself that this is YOUR life, nobody elses, so live, be free, enjoy, explore, and never look back, whether your alone or not...