At the moment, I am in San Diego for a wedding, and as usual, I am alone. It’s become the norm for me, especially when it comes to travel, but for someone who loves being around people, it’s time for me to admit something is missing from my travels, and I’m getting tired of being alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I love solo travel and the person I’ve become because of it. But, I have spent so many hours alone on a plane, in the airport, and at a destination, that part of me is getting tired of solo travel. In the past few years, even when I’ve met friends and family at a destination, I have usually traveled alone to get there, except for a few trips that have been taken with a friend or significant other. Still, it’s been so rare for me to travel with anyone but myself.
While I enjoy my me time, and need it often, I also enjoy the time I spend sharing an experience with someone else. I want to marvel at a new world and take in a new culture with someone by my side and be able to recount travel tales with someone when I arrive back home. There’s something so special about sharing a travel experience with someone, and I am ready to adventure with someone else, and see the world through their eyes as well.
These feelings are all coming just before my next big adventure, which just so happens to be one I’ll be embarking on alone. This trip, however, is one I’ve been dreaming up for a while and planning to take by myself, as I feel as it’s important for me to be alone and grow, especially after all of the recent changes in my life. It will be my last big trip of the year and in many ways, I feel it will also be a turning point in my life. After this trip, I’d like to take less solo trips and find someone who I can adventure with.
Solo travel has taught me more than I would have ever learned traveling with someone else, and I have learned to love and appreciate myself more than I would have otherwise. I am not saying that this is the end of my solo travels, because I’m sure I’ll be craving them again in the future, but I will say that I am ready to share the beauty and hardships of travel with someone else for the first time in a long time.