I said it before, this isn’t a great time for me. I broke up with my girlfriend two months ago…I mean we broke up…well, things are still uncertain, I’m not sure how exactly it’s gone so let’s just say we’re not together anymore and I feel heartbroken. I mean literally. Like my chest hurts. I love her but I can’t help but say she’s a bitch. Hell, you don’t even want to reply to my messages, not a word from you in two months?! Yeah you told me that, you have to move on. So do I. Hence, being a travel addicted I thought it could be the right moment to plan a new trip. And I did it. I’m leaving. Ok, it’s not that I’m leaving tomorrow, but it’s all set. No matter I’m going alone and I’m not used to it anymore, I can get used to it again. Because see, I’ve traveled a lot alone and I have to tell you, it’s one of the most instructive and beautiful experiences you can have. I know what you’re wondering right now. Isn’it nicer to travel with a girlfriend? Share the experiences with your better half? Hell yeah, thanks for reminding me that. But there are a series of reasons to find convenient going abroad alone, wich I’m going to explain.
1 First of all, you can plan your travel whenever you want, choose the dates that fit your schedule instead of avoid that particular week because her parents are coming to visit and not being at home when they show up might seem rude.
2 You can go wherever you want. You don’t have to ask anybody “how about Dublin?”. You just go to Dublin.
3 You can book and sleep wherever you prefer to. Even under a bridge if you feel like it. Nobody is going to tell you “these sheets are dirty, where is the toilet paper? This hotel sucks!” (Honestly my ex wasn’t exactly like that, but you got the point).
4 You don’t have strict restrictions about when and what to eat your breakfasts, lunches and dinners. (Someone could even argue about “how” to eat something). You’re hungry? You just eat.
5 You can meet a lot of people who travel alone like you, make new friends and share experiences, hence have the chance to join them for a little walk around the city, a tour a dinner or a beer. Or much better, let them join you.
6 You are forced to interact with people, even with people you usually don’t interact with. You do that because you feel you need to, otherwise you might go crazy, specially if it’s a long travel.
7 You have the possibility to push to its limits your new smartphone, trying all its features, specially the camera ones, like self-timer and voice controls. You’re going to find spots to put your phone on to take a picture of you, that were unthinkable before. You don’t feel like taking selfies like a dumbass in front of a nice monument? You can always ask some tourist to take the picture. Pictures are very important, you know that.
There’s also the possibility to go with a friend if you’re really scared of doing alone this kind of spiritual travel. That is up to you. Me, I’d rather go alone for all the reasons I just told you. Plus I forgot to tell you this little thing about myself. I don’t have any friends. It’s not that I’m a freak or something, it’s just that I’m not that good at socializing and making friends. I prefer have a girlfriend to share experiences with, so when I don’t, that leaves me pretty much a short number of other options. Like zero. I go alone.
Be aware that I’m not saying traveling alone it’s always easy because I can tell you already. It’s not. I still remember my first time. Wondering what the hell I was doing in that shitty hostel in Valencia. You’ll be alone a lot of time, then you’d better have a good relationship at least with yourself. But that is exactly the point. The reason why after a travel like this, you’ll come back fortified, stronger, richer in the soul. Plus, you’ll have some new friends, a lot of new pictures to renew your several accounts (the main reason why people travel nowadays) and a good experience that will make you feel a better man, a grown man. And maybe when you’ll be back you will have forgotten your ex. I gotta tell you though, I still have to test the theory. I’m sure it’ll be better anyway. I’ll let you know.