I grew up in Philadelphia and now live in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. I work as a project manager for technology projects, and luckily I work for a company that offers generous amounts of time off, allowing me the time to do what I need to do: See that big world out there and satisfy my appetite whenever I can.
Traveling as a Loner
Having suffered deeply from depression, anxiety, bullying and other similar issues in life, it took me a while to gain the confidence take the first step on my own. I started with a fairly safe itinerary taking me from London, where I have family, all the way down to Barcelona. I made a lot of mistakes the first time, including being stranded without any money! I learned from those mistakes and now I am more confident. I have occasionally traveled with a few friends, my parents and now my significant other, but the vast majority of my travels have been just me. Even when traveling with others, I have an overwhelming tendency to go off exploring on my own, especially when they get burnt out, because nothing excites me more than being somewhere new – somewhere different.
Traveling alone isn’t always easy. I am a natural introvert so I can be social, but am not likely to make 500 friends while traveling. Sometimes I make acquaintances, and sometimes I don’t. The key is to simply be happy to be able to experience a new place, regardless of the company. You don’t need someone else to look at beautiful art or architecture. You don’t need someone else for your taste buds to savour a delicious dish. you don’t need someone else to drive, hike or bike through nature’s beauty.