Take a look at these 50 utterly fantastic photos of bridges around the world.
At first, I didn't think of this as something to write about on a solo travel blog. But scanning (or should I say "spanning") the photos stirred up so many memories of my travels.
I thought maybe it would do the same for you, even if you haven't been across or in view of any of these particular bridges. For instance, seeing the bridge in Venice - one of so many you cross as you walk the quiet, carless streets - reminds me how special a place that city is.
If you've never gone because you haven't had someone to travel with...not a good excuse. You could wander for hours on your own marveling at the uniqueness of the place and stopping for pizza, gelato, cappuccino (what's not to like about eating in Italy?!) Bring a camera and a book and take your sweet time exploring any which way you'd like.
I didn't see too many other bridges I'd actually visited represented on the 50 Fantastic Bridge Photographs post. But as my mind wandered, I remembered Chain Bridge in Budapest. I got to visit that one because I had gone to Club Med alone, met someone I became friendly with and a couple of years later she moved to the city for work and invited me to visit.
Wouldn't have happened if I hadn't pushed myself to go to Club Med alone. And trust me, it wasn't easy to set out alone. Nor were the first couple of days too comfortable. But the last five? Crazy good. Fell in with an energetic crowd and had a grand old time.
And the impressive 14th-century Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava River in Prague? I flew to visit friends who were there on business so that made it easy to get on the plane. But I also spent many days wandering on my own and concluded it would have been an easy city to do completely on my own...once I got past that solo travel apprehension that keeps many of us from starting out on those great trips we want to take.
New Zealand has some wonderful swinging bridges, and a famous bridge that launches bungee jumpers toward the river below and might have been the first place where people jumped from. Can't be sure about that.
I joined a group biking and hiking trip there and met great people, two of whom I would have no problem getting in touch with now and telling I'm coming to visit (in San Francisco or Nova Scotia) - despite the fact it's been several years since we last emailed or spoke. It's that travelers' bond.
I could run my mind further but I'll stop now and insist that you look at the photos I've linked to, taken by some very, very talented people...and then imagine where you'd like to go next.
Venice bridge by MorBCN
Tower Bridge, London, by Anirudh Koul