Traveling Solo: Why You Should Consider Going Alone

Traveling Solo: Why You Should Consider Going Alone

Traveling is and probably has always been considered a group activity, but it really doesn’t need to be. There are many benefits to traveling alone as opposed to with a significant other or with friends and family. While it can be difficult at first, learning to travel by yourself can be liberating and certainly life-changing when you return home again.

You decide everything

Obviously, if you’re the only one invited on the trip, you’ll be able to decide exactly what to do, where to eat, who to engage with in conversation, and what the next stop is on the trip. What could mean a conversation or even argument with your fellow traveling companion is not up for debate when you travel solo. Want to take the next stop on the subway just to see what is there, go ahead. Have a hankering for sushi? Go get some. You can make the most of your trip and define the itinerary as you go.

Gives you a boost of confidence

Since you’re calling all the shots and learning about your surroundings as you go, you’ll ultimately give yourself a vote of confidence that will carry you to the next destination or follow you home.

You can save money

If you want to travel and are budget-conscious, you can easily make the trip as inexpensive as possible with little effort. If you’re not concerned where you get the majority of your meals from, you can be frugal and only eat at restaurants that fit your budget. If you travel with someone else, they’ll likely have their own idea of where they want to eat and it might not fit into how much you’d like to spend. You also don’t have to go along with any activity that you consider outside of your price range, just because your travel companion wants to do it.

You’ll appreciate coming home

There’s no denying the thrill you have when you get to use your time off from work and take some time to travel. Going to a new place can be incredibly enjoyable, but you will also learn to appreciate the satisfaction of coming home again.

No drama

Most of us have experienced our fair share of fights and arguments during a vacation that is supposed to be fun and relaxing. When traveling alone, not only do you not have to worry about what anyone else wants to do, you also don’t need to tip toe around someone else or worry about whether or not you might get into a dramatic argument with another person.

 

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3 Must-See Sights in Italy

When some think of sights to see in Italy, their minds immediately go to the biggest tourist attractions — the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, and so on. Of course, Italy offers more than just these sights alone. The country is packed with rich history and stunning views from shore to shore. Here are a few sights you absolutely cannot miss on your next trip to Italy:

The Duomo in Florence

Built by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1418, this domed cathedral is one of the most magnificent sights in all of Florence. After touring the exterior of the building and the cathedral, guests have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Duomo to get a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling city below. Although this feat requires a bit of stamina — as there are 463 stairs to climb and no elevator — the end result is worth it, especially once visitors get an up-close look at the fresco-covered ceiling that was meticulously designed by Giorgio Vasari. Cost of admission is €15 ($16.71 USD) and hours vary throughout the week.

The Village of San Gimignano

Many who visit this Tuscan village claim that it is like stepping back in time — which, truthfully, is no exaggeration. San Gimignano is renowned for its fascinating medieval architecture, towers that provide visitors with breathtaking views, and the centuries-old walls that still stand around the perimeter of the city. Visitors can find many things to do in San Gimignano, ranging from visiting the local art and history museums, getting a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, or even touring the city with a map provided by the Associazione Pro Loco San Gimignano.

Casa di Giulietta

Located in the city of Verona, this 13th century home was owned by the dell Capello family and is supposedly the main inspiration behind William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. Although it is likely that Romeo and Juliet were just figments of Shakespeare’s imagination, many locals still refer to the dell Capello home as the birthplace of Juliet Capulet. Admission to the Casa di Giulietta museum is €3 ($3.35 USD).

Three Beautiful Travel Words

Three Beautiful Travel Words

In the 2016 film ArrivaAmy Adams’ character, linguistics professor Louise Banks is asked to come to a secured location in Montana for a special translation project. The project? Help decipher the language of extraterrestrial invaders who have just landed in twelve locations on the planet. The suspense in this film however, drives not from the typical sci-fi thrills of alien vs man, but how language defines our perception of history and each other.

 

While we’re not contending with extraterrestrial beasts when we travel, we are confronted with languages that may tingle our ears with their unfamiliar inflections. But your native language may limit how you want to express yourself and how you understand others (Read about the Sapir-Whorf theory). The type of feeling you want to describe is often restricted by the words available in your language.

Inspired by Migrating Miss Sonja’s great list of 24 Unusual Travel Words You Should Know, I wanted to share some words related to travel and identity.

 

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Schwellenangst. Schwellen in German means a threshold – a liminal moment in time. So, schwellenangst is the fear to of embracing these liminal moments. Travel is an opportunity to embrace the courage to forge through these daunting passageways.

 

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Mono no aware (Japanese 物の哀れ): This is sad way to speak to the melancholic passing of time. It’s a way to address the beauty in the beginnings and endings. This term is fairly young; it was coined in the 18th century as a literary critique the Tale of Genji, of its sadness that brought its readers together. It is often translated into the “ahh-ness” of things.

 

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Do you ever feel frustrated, anxious, and angry that you can only experience the world through the one body you’re given? You’ll never really know the experiences of those living across the world; their cultures, daily life, textures of the landscape. No matter how much you travel, you can never fully grasp the bigness of this world. Now you have a word to describe these feeling; onism, a Danish portmanteu to describe the awareness of all the things you’ll never quite touch. Monism is the philiopsophy that things can be explained in terms of a single reality, so onism is a kind of monism, because your life is limited to the single reality of what you see, people you meet, and experiences you encounter in your brief existence on this wondrous planet.

Now get out there and have a great time traveling, even if you’re stuck with a bit of onism from time to time. Learn some languages, meet new people, and embrace this big beautiful world.

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Aruba – The Happy Island

Aruba is one the best places to travel if if you have the opportunity to do so. From the beautiful weather to the fine dining Aruba truly has it all. If you enjoy the ocean there are so many activities to experience.You can go snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and much more. The hotels here are also amazing, so you really can’t go wrong in whichever one you decide to choose.    Check out this amazing video below to get a better idea of what you have been missing out on! 

Top Travel Destinations in West Africa

The New York Times recently released their notorious list on some of the best places to travel in the world. Among the places featured were destinations in South Africa, Colombia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, countries linked or rooted in African culture.

As more African-Americans travel all over the world, it is important to continually highlight Africa and areas in the world influenced by the continent as a great space to explore identity and history.

Here are some of the best places to visit in West Africa, home of one of one of the largest cities (Lagos, Nigeria) on the continent. The western region of Africa boasts some of the most beautiful beaches along the coast line, fresh food, history and vibrant cities .

Calabar, Cross River state, Nigeria

Seated in the lush Southeast belt of Nigeria, this gem is slowly becoming one of the best places to visit in the Country. Calabar’s government has made toursim one of it’s strongest priorities , and it shows in how catered the state is to the business. To get the most out of Calabar, visit the Marina Resort, the Drill Ranch , the historical slave museum and enjoy some of Calabar’s finest food.

Accra, Ghana

Ghana is usually one of the first countries people visit when they travel to West Africa. To get the most of this experience, visit Bojo Beach, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial. Aburi Botanical Gardens, kokrobite beach and the famous James Town.

Lome, Togo 

Once dubbed the “pearl” of West Africa, this vibrant African city rests on a beautiful coast line, and home to some of the best resorts in the region. Discover Togo through the 5 Day Castle tour, the Grand Marche “the big market”, Monument De l’independence and the National Museum. Lome also boasts a great nightlife scene and is a country filled with very friendly people