Traveling alone can be self-rewarding, therapeutic, and educational. It is a time where you can be you, and you can do whatever you want to do without coordinating an itinerary with someone else. My younger brother just returned from his first “solo trip”, and he said that he loved the fact that he could do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted to do it! That is exactly what I had told him he would feel before he left on his adventure.
When I travel internationally, I always keep a journal. I try to find a quiet space at some point everyday and just write. I write about my feelings. I write about what I’ve seen. I sometimes just vent about life. But when I go back through these journals years later, it’s like going back in time. I also like to write things down because I’m never going to remember “this” moment “this” way for the rest of my life; so I write about it. Cameras cannot capture your feelings/emotions, but your writings can. I would love to one day publish a book with excerpts from my journals, and that is why I created this blog.
My traveling started before I had unlimited access to the internet. I would go to the library or a bookstore and research! I like to rely heavily on Lonely Planet or Let’s Go books based on the country that I am visiting. I usually buy the book in advance, study it a little, mark pages, take notes, and study more in-depth on the plane. These books have proven to be invaluable tools in my travels to help prepare me for what to expect. The books are normally published every year with updates (however, I have found outdated info in them). More about these books on another post.
Until my next post, happy travels!