I get reacquainted with myself...
When I'm traveling alone I enjoy the freedom to go where I want and when I want but (I admit) I often do get lonely. When I want to share some special place or some laughs I just reach out to other single ladies in public places -- like a restaurant or hotel lounge, or touristy area. If I pay attention to their body language and I notice them looking around or looking rather alone themselves, I say "Hi". I wait to see what response I get. If it's a smile and a little sigh of relief, I introduce myself and tell them I'm travelling alone and I start up a conversation telling them why I'm there and ask something, about them. It's easy in an airport because I always start off by asking where someone is coming from or going to. In a tourist area, I can always comment on the area, "Isn't this beautiful" or "amazing".
Also, I go to specialty
stores of my interest at a slow time of day and strike up a conversation
with the clerk or owner. I can usually make connections because they live
there. Or they can suggest local places of interest to visit, shop or
eat. Often, that little personal connection will drive away the loneliness
for a while. Being surrounded by lots of people most of the time, I use
travelling alone as a special time for me to have with myself --to really
hear myself think and feel. Often, (we) women are hearing and feeling
for everyone around us and we don't hear what we think and are strangers
to our own feelings. When you travel alone, you can really get re-re-acquainted
with yourself! Here's to great adventures and new acquaintances for all
JourneyWomen around the world.
I talk to people...
Melanie, Montreal, Canada & Jerusalem, Israel
I dine at home...
Selma, Vancouver, Canada
I travel with my computer and camera...
Diane, San Francisco, USA
I go shopping...
Alex, Alabama, USA
Tales from women travelling solo...
In A Woman Alone, Travel Tales From Around the Globe, 29 women answer the question: Why go solo? This collection, featuring the true-adventure stories of women travelling in every corner of the globe, tackles the myriad obstacles and successes of solo travel with honesty, warmth and humor. If you've always wondered what it would be like to go solo -- or if you're already packing your bags -- these essays will feed your wonderlust and inspire your travel dreams.
Edited by: Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick & Christina
Henry de Tessan Published by: Seal
Women's words on loneliness...
calls me by name.
Leah Goldberg, Nameless Journeys, 1976
loneliness persisted like incessant rain.
Loneliness is the poverty of self;
is black coffee and late-night television;
Women especially are social beings, who are not content with just husband
and family, but must have a community, a group, an exchange with others.
A child is not enough. A husband and children, no matter how busy one
may be kept by them, are not enough.Young and old, even in the busiest
years of our lives, we women especially are victims of the long loneliness.
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