Traveling alone is the single best gift you can give yourself.
On the day that I took this photo, I was really feeling the truth of this statement.
I created this graphic from a photo that I took at Nova Scotia’s Trout Point Lodge this summer. After months of classes, in-car lessons, anxiety-provoking tests, a few tears and a lot of practice, I had just received my driver’s licence. Four days later, I flew to Halifax, picked up a rental car and set off on my first solo road trip. As you might imagine, there were many mishaps along the way, but I eventually reached this extraordinary lodge, and spent my first night there. The next morning, I walked along this very path, observing nature and feeling gratitude for this incredible gift of solo travel I had given myself – a gift of challenge, commitment, perseverance, and tremendous reward.
Clearly, this thought resonated with others – more than 5,000 others, in fact! Members of the Solo Travel Society and their friends liked, shared, and commented on this Facebook post. As always, they had great feedback. Here’s what some of them had to say.
The Solo Travel Society On The Gift of Solo Travel
About to set off on her first solo trip, Melissa said, “I will be traveling alone for a week-long camping trip. This will be my first solo vacation and I am excited and nervous!” As often happens in the Solo Travel Society, other travelers jumped in with advice and encouragement.
Carmel shared, “I've recently discovered how fabulous it is to travel solo – no waiting for friends to afford the trip, being able to travel to your own bucket list destinations, meeting people along the way…..I love it.”
Concurring with my statement on the gift of solo travel, Candyce responded, “Definitely. I just did the Whitsundays alone, it was amazing!” She even shared a photo from her trip.
“I discovered early on that I'm not a regular sort of traveler,” said Dianne. “I don't go looking for things I can see in pictures. I like to arrive with no plans (except where absolutely necessary) and a hotel booking. Then I like to explore odd little places and people, rather than standing in queues to see artwork over some cellphone-shouting person's shoulder. I hear about friends' trips overseas (I live in South Africa) and I can't believe they traveled all that way just to walk from one museum to another, without savoring each one. So, until I meet someone like me, I think the solo travel thing is how I should keep doing it!”
Jennifer summed it up nicely, saying, “I leave for SE Asia in a week for a year-long solo journey. Not my first, won't be my last either. I enjoy traveling with friends but something about solo travel speaks to my soul!”
STS member Ridoan asked people to complete the following sentence: Being alone makes you feel lonely. Traveling alone makes you feel ______.
- lively. ~Bida
- strong! ~Kim
- alive. ~Josh
- alert (in a good way). ~Tania
- brave! ~Dianne
- close to God. ~Bali
- like the entire world is yours! ~Michelle
What do you say? Is solo travel the best gift of all?