My first experience with solo traveling was somewhat of a compromise. I visited some friends in Southern California. They worked during the week. I had two choices; I could either stay in the house all day, or go out exploring. I made the decision to hop on the Metrolink and explore Los Angeles by myself each day. This gave me the courage to go on my first all-in solo trip, a three day excursion in Chicago.
Before you say solo traveling is not for you, let me point out a few of its advantages:
- You are on your schedule and your schedule alone. You wake up when you want. You eat when you want. You call it a day when you are ready.
- You will see more of what you want to see, and do more of what you want to do. You don't have to worry whether the person with you likes an activity or not. You're not stuck doing things you're not interested in doing.
- Many think they will lonely if they travel alone, but loneliness isn't always a bad thing. When it's just God and I, I'm more likely to look at myself in the mirror and learn something about God and myself.
- Nobody is snoring in the hotel room.
- Eating alone in a nice restaurant feel alone at first. Ask for a seat at the bar, and you will have plenty of company.