Lately I've enjoyed reading posts from solo travelers on the reasons they travel solo.
From a blog called the Simply Luxurious life, two thoughtful posts on solo travel.
Why Not...Travel Alone?: When traveling alone "be reminded of what stirs your passions" and "boost your confidence" and "realize the difference between alone and loneliness." I like the quote the writer found: “The first rule of travel is that you should always go with someone you love, which is why I travel alone.” – Andrew O’Hagan
Why Not...Part Deux offers some tips on dining alone and getting a seat at a New York theater. And there are cautions about safety. For instance, travelers should dress to fit in and consider springing for a taxi from the airport or train station at night rather than walk around a strange place alone, in the dark.
Is solo travel becoming trendy?
The number of women traveling alone is increasing, according to Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a hotel booking site. Between 2010 and 2011, bookings by women traveling solo increased 53 percent in this company's core markets, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, the UK and the USA.
A quirky rendition of some "rules" solo women should remember, such as the contradictory "Ask questions and observe" rule followed by the "Shut up" rule (by which the writer means be quiet and appreciate what's around you.) She offers up some basics, such as staying sober, not getting picked up and packing wisely.
Someone is actually doing a study on solo travel. An Australian university seeks participants and companies catering to solo travelers for a study, since solo travel is a growing market. Hallelujah! Maybe companies will start catering to us? Wow.
Photo: Ellen Perlman. Falafal is so omnipresent in Tel Aviv, one vendor clearly is trying to get himself (or herself) noticed by piling the fixin's high. It certainly got my attention. But it was too early in the day for me to sample.