As a couple going on 8 years now, Todd and I have spent a lot of time together. We’ve lived together, travelled together, and even built Globetrooper together.
So it should come as no surprise that today, when we sat down to share a delicious Fairmount bagel, we decided it was time to go our own separate ways.
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about solo travel, and in particular female solo travel. Even though the concept of Globetrooper is about group travel, Todd and I have decided to travel on our own for a week to see what all the fuss is about.
Now this solo business doesn’t mean not travelling with anyone else. I’m keen to share parts of the route. I actually want to take this opportunity to meet up with as many people as I can to make new friends and share my adventures. But it will undoubtedly include some alone time for me to think about life and understand myself in a deep, psychedelic way. I hope to come out of it learning even a few of the things that Norbert talks about in 10 Things You Learn About Yourself When Traveling Solo.
A recent post by Janice over at Solo Traveler recommends Great Destinations for women travelling alone, especially first-timers. Janice advises first-time travellers to go to places where English is widely spoken (or to a place where your native language is not a barrier). I’m torn between this conservative, traditional thinking of ‘easing into it’ and the more impulsive, modern attitude of just ‘jumping in head first’.
If I’m going to spend precious time and money going somewhere, I want to get the most out of it. I want the whole shebang: the culture shock, mind-blowing adventures and exploring the unknown (unknown to me at least). I want to be surprised, even if I research extensively about it beforehand.
So, my questions now are:
- Where should I go?
- What could I do?
- Who can I meet? and
- How should I get there?
I’ll be starting from our base here in Montreal, Canada. I don’t want to spend the whole time getting DVT on a bus, but it has to be on the cheap end of the scale and last around a week, or thereabouts.
I’m from Sydney, Australia and haven’t explored any of the cities in the North-East yet, so I’m willing to go basically anywhere. I do like a museum or two and checking out a city’s highlights, but I’d prefer some more strange or adventurous activities.