Observations From a Solo Traveler
So, if you’ve read my ‘First Solo Trip’ you’ll know that I recently travelled for the first time alone. I have to admit I’m hooked! Travelling solo really opens your eyes, literally and figuratively. I felt like I saw and experienced so much more while travelling alone, I truly felt every memory I was making would resound in my flash backs for years to come. I also felt like I was not so much changing but more like developing into the solo traveler I want to be, patient, open to new people, new cultures and new opportunities and experiences.
It was strange at first but then I started to realize it was as if I was visually seeing everything in techno colour, like the vivid fall colours of the trees and the varying shades of green were dazzling and so much more emphasized. I also noticed that even my taste buds were popping – like food tasted better and even everyday food like strawberries seemed to come alive in my mouth with the sweet juice and tiny black seeds dancing.
Now something I’ve always believed, that everyone has a story, also rung true and loud and clear as I spoke to others about their jobs, or their interests or their families. I felt that travelling solo really helped open up my eyes – to see others, opened up my ears – to truly hear what they were saying and opened up my heart and mind to their story. And in doing so, with me open, I felt others felt more comfortable to open up to me.
To the maintenance man, with the handlebar moustache, European accent and warm smile, who remembered me and who worked at The Green, I thank you!
To the C-Charlotte Tours guide, with the southern accent and pure southern charm and hospitality who gave me a private tour of Charlotte and educated me on its rich history, I thank you!
And to the barista at the Parisian Amelie’s Café, with her sweet smile, pin-up girl looks and honest interest she took in who I was, where I came from and what I did, I thank you!
Though it was a brief solo trip it was wide-reaching in my heart and mind and I thank myself for having the courage and desire to travel solo and to allow myself to be open to life and all the greatness, especially the small things, that the world has to offer. Perhaps I can now call myself a solo traveler.