January 15, 2008

Go Your Own Way - ed. by Faith Conlon et al

The full title is "Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo" and the editors are Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan.

I have been contemplating the value of traveling alone, and I found this collection of essays while browsing around Amazon. Some of the essays are better than others, but overall this is a very inspiring collection of personal accounts of women's experiences while traveling alone. My grandmother was an adventurous traveler, and I want to follow in her footsteps. She had a good friend who traveled with her - they were both widows, both interested in history and archeology, and were a good match. The only person in my circle of friends and family that is a good match for me is my sister, and she has a husband and child she doesn't want to leave behind while traveling. I'm not willing to wait, so I guess I'll have to strike out on my own! I found these essays to be inspiring, as I said, and I recommend the collection to anyone who likes travel, whether alone or in a group.


Brian D. said...

I've pretty much always traveled alone. I never had anyone to go with. I told myself if I don't go by myself then I'll never go anywhere.

Aside from the housing costs for traveling solo (and there are ways around that) I believe traveling solo is easier once you're used to the idea. You can go wherever you want whenever you want. I adjusted my schedule on the fly. If I saw a street ad that looked interesting I went to that place when I felt like it.

Part of the joy of traveling with others is to share the joy so I shared the joy with my friends through my infamous email travelogues. I had plenty of friends with me on my trips! They were just on the other end of a computer.

She Rants said...

I could not agree with Brian more. When you travel with others you end up compromising and sometimes miss out on the things you wanted to do. I've been to London three times with others and the last time I went I took a full day off from them so I could see Highgate Cemetary on my own. I loved that experience!

I also loved traveling Japan on my own. Although the language barrier was there I was still able to get lost and not have anyone get upset with me.