A story in today's Boston Globe gives great common sense tips and encouraging stories on the joys of solo travel and preparation for doing so safely. Funny enough, the writer, Kari Bodnarchuk, a great adventurer (and gear head) was on my recent travel writers' trip to Egypt.
Virtually all solo travelers with an open mind and a welcoming demeanor usually express something similar to friends and family when upon return from a solo trip.
Kari closes with reasons why everyone should try solo travel at least once. It is the connections with people you meet that make travel meaningful. If you're traveling with friends or family, you are much less likely to make those connections.
As Kari puts it:
"By the time I arrived home I had forgotten the names of the mountains I had climbed and the museums and temples I had visited, but I remembered clearly each friend I had made along the way."
Photo: Solo traveler Ellen (blog author) and new friend Mauricio from Chile who met during a day trip to Segovia, Spain (see link above). His sister Paola took the photo.