TRAVEL ALONE … and see things from a different point of view. Traveling by myself is nothing new to me. When I was a young girl growing up in the Philippines, I’ve always gone to places unaccompanied or unescorted by an adult. I don’t remember […]
“My spirit gets nourished in faraway places. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a biological need, perhaps a biological flaw, that compels me to seek the excitement and challenge that comes of being in a place where nobody knows me. Other times I think that my compulsion to settle into communities that are different from the ones I know is related to my passion for experiential learning. I learn best and most happily by doing, touching, sharing, tasting. When I’m somewhere I’ve never been before, learning goes on all day, every day.” ― Rita Golden Gelman, Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
As I prepared for my fourth solo trip to Greece and Turkey a year ago, I was filled with some trepidation due to the fact that the said destinations might not be the best choices for a solo female traveler like me. These are countries that had been or are presently plagued with political and financial strife. It would be so easy if I was traveling with somebody or with a group. There is safety in numbers as they say. I was legitimately concerned about my security but a part of me, albeit naively, wanted to believe that nothing malevolent could possibly happen. There’s always a certain degree of anxiety before I embarked on my previous trips but everything almost always turned out okay and even when they didn’t, the memories and experiences are worth the aggravation and inconvenience. After all, Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
As a young girl, traveling around the world was what I always wanted to do when I grow up. It may have taken me awhile to get started but as soon as I booked that flight to Italy two years ago, I’ve been on a roll since. It’s truly been a dream coming true. Amidst the chaos of planning and packing, I thrive on the anticipation of visiting the places I’ve only seen in pictures and movies. I can’t wait to soak up all the sights, sounds and smells of every place and to get to know the people and the culture around me. I’m ready to go and take on the world, one destination at a time.
There’s no doubt in my mind that travel is my passion. Have you found yours? Please share your thoughts about this post in the comment section. I would love to hear about it.