Solo journey is one thing everybody ought to attempt at the least as soon as. It doesn’t should be an elaborate backpacking journey up the Pacific Crest Path a la Cheryl Strayed, or a whirlwind monthlong European extravaganza.
Even taking a weekend journey by your self could be enriching and refreshing, and that’s exactly what I did this spring on a spontaneous journey to Portland, Ore.
I’d wished to go to Portland since shifting to Seattle final fall, however the timing to go along with pals had by no means fairly labored, because of the unusual hours and irregular weekends of a newsroom schedule. However after spending a soothing Memorial Day in Seattle, the inundation of trip pictures on social media gave me a journey itch. I checked my calendar for the next weekend and in an uncharacteristically spontaneous resolution, I booked an Airbnb for one.
Just a few days later, I awoke, tossed a duffel bag in my automobile and drove down Interstate 5 with a number of suggestions from pals however no set agenda. I had no disgrace about doing “touristy” issues as a result of I’d by no means been to Portland, however I hoped to profit from a short while with out ready in lengthy traces.
I moved to Seattle from Missouri alone for my first job out of school. I reside on my own and I’ve traveled alone earlier than whereas interning or finding out overseas. By all that, I’ve discovered that the primary factor it’s a must to conquer is the self-consciousness that comes with doing issues alone.
Get previous this imaginary stigma and also you’ll discover that whereas touring with family and friends is all the time enjoyable, there’s one thing about having the ability to expertise a metropolis at your individual tempo and by yourself phrases that may be significantly…