One of Ginger’s Bring Back the Words Prompts for this week is:
Do you/have you traveled solo? What do you like about it? What don’t you like? What makes it so different from traveling with other people?
And my first thought was YES! And then rereading it, I realized, no. I’ve traveled, as in used transportation to get somewhere, solo. I’ve traveled without my children and without my husband. I’ve flown alone to meet friends somewhere, but I’ve never arrived alone, stayed in a hotel alone, eaten meals alone, with the exception of a work conference many years ago. (This was in my pre-teaching life. Teachers don’t travel much for work.)
Anyway, on the traveling as transportation and not the actual vacation part of this, I really like traveling alone. I don’t think I could manage a road trip alone, but flying alone is right up my alley. I like being alone because it’s a novelty. And being alone when my only obligations are buying airport snacks and reading anything I want is like the holy grail of alone time.
I don’t think I would like vacationing alone, and since I don’t travel for work, and all of our family is local, I don’t have any other reason to travel solo. I like having someone to talk to, and I like just not being alone, even though I maintain that the ultimate gift someone could give to me would be a weekend alone in my own home.
What about you – do you travel solo? Do you like it? I’m linking up with Ginger this week, and you totally can, too.