Traveling Alone. A reminder of who we really are.

Traveling Alone. A reminder of who we really are.

I’ve been traveling  alone for almost four years. This is something I hadn’t done until I was 37 and from that moment on, has become the one thing I do. So much freedom ?

It is all about what “I” want to do, who “I” want to talk to, where I want to go, how long I want to stay and so forth. Kind of selfish, actually. But since I had never done it before, it is nice.

But it can be addictive, though. Once you get used to it and you see how good it feels to be totally free, it just takes more energy and patience to travel with some one else. Even if it’s someone you love. I have had a few travel friends since then and it gets to a point when I sometimes miss being alone. Is that bad? I have no idea. I guess it’s like everything else in life, good and bad depending on how you look at it.

Traveling as a Digital Nomad around Thailand, for example, I can rent a scooter for 5 dollars a day and just ride anywhere I want in those beautiful islands, all by myself, feeling safe. The wind on my face, chosing which beach I will go to, where I will stop and work for a few hours, which food I will eat, it’s all available for me to chose without having to negociate with anyone else.

I know that I will soon want to have a relationship, a family maybe, and all this individual freedom will be a good memory. So I guess I should enjoy the most of it while I can. I just hope that once I am traveling again with the ones I love, friends or family, we can still find a balance and try to respect each other’s time out.

Now that I have learned the power and magic of some time alone, it should be included, one way or another, in future plans. For me and for the ones I am living or traveling with. So we can be reminded of what we really like and who we really are.

If you haven’t traveled alone yet, please, just go!

And let me know how you felt and discovered?

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  • Pavel
    Posted at 22:12h, 26 April Reply

    Hi Mariana.
    I have travelled a lot in my life, for various purposes: professional, tourist, visiting friends or with my father as a child and teenager. I have gained all lines of experience and knowledge thanks to this. It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that made me, shaped me as I am. I travelled with friends, family, workmates, life partners of then and, to some degree, alone. Travelling alone I always missed someone to talk to, to share my ideas and opinions but I must admit: when you travel alone you travel faster and with more freedom, this is out of question. Since a couple of years I’m happily married and I travel with my wife whose experience in this field is much poorer. All the years of gaining my experience now serve as a background or base for me to be a guide to the person who I decided share it with. A few months ago we decided to settle in Valencia. This week, for instance, we are visited Barcelona. For me it is the forth time here but each time I see the city from different point of view. My answer to your question is: No, travelling alone and liking it is not bad. I think everybody should live this kind of experience. For me it was early years of my life 21-33 years old, since I started to work internationally very early. But for you it happened later, everyone has its own life path. I’m sure what you learn now will be sooner or later a base for sharing something valuable with someone. I think it is great to create your own world, among others by means of travelling too, and then share it with other person. I hope I have come up with something that would not bire you 🙂 Best reagards. Paolo.

    • Mariana Pimenta
      Posted at 08:21h, 27 April Reply

      That is a great story to hear Paolo. About the part you said of “missing someone to talk to, to share our ideas”, I must say that nowadays with internet and tools like whatsapp, facebook, and so forth, it’s much easier for us to share with those we love who aren’t there physically with us. Not the same thing, of course. But helps not to feel alone. Thank you and keep traveling with love!

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