“Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love”, - wrote Hemingway, and hardly I can argue with that. If it is possible. “...If there are none, then travel alone”, said in Dhammapada. And again, hardly I would argue.
There was a time when I didn’t understand that and even was afraid. Some of my friends are wondering - how can I travel on my own? Especially to such countries as Peru, Indonesia, Zimbabwe or South Africa (or Russia, LOL :) But it turned out that, like with many other sides of life, for the first time it is scary, but the more you try the more you like it. Why?
I can relax totally. When you are on your own, it is much easier to get rid of improper thoughts and emotions, from routine problems and troubles, from boring people and habitual obligations. In other words, I can recall who I am, understand where am I, what is really mine, and what is imposed on me from outside.
I am solely responsible for my trip. And if I forgot the number of parking space where I left my car, lost some documents or missed my flight, it will be only my problem, and no one will pick my brain.
I am free in planning my time. I can spend all the day observing whales or penguins not feeling remorse. If I don’t want to rush - I can go at a snail's pace, but when I want I can drive until my head falls to the wheel.
I am free in planning my route. If I am going to go to Pretoria, but then suddenly decide to turn to Cape Town - I easily can do that. And again, my brain will remain unblown. I can lose my way and try to find it as long as I like. It's one of my favourite travel entertainments, because the most interesting things come up when I stray. But, so far, I haven’t met someone who in such case can feel the same emotions as me🤷♀️ I am opened to the World. Someone told that “When you travel alone you are never alone” - and it was damn right. You can meet hundreds of creatures walking the same trails as you; they are strangers and soulmates at the same time, and you can communicate with them as much as you want. If you want.
Traveling alone I have my freedom. I have my choice. I have my road. I am never alone.