Traveling alone for an extended period means you spend a lot of time inside your own head. Alone, bombarded with new stimuli at every turn, your mind can truly appreciate the juxtaposition of people, places and things. Most importantly, you're going to think deeply about whether you're living your life meaningfully.
With a six-week long university break stretching out before me and indecisive friends "umm-ing" and "aah-ing" over holiday plans, I decided to travel alone. My solo adventures in Copenhagen, Budapest and Vienna really emboldened me. Corny as it is to say, my solo traveling experience has literally opened up a world of possibilities.
A few years ago I took a very big leap and decided to go to Europe on my own. Since childhood I'd traveled all over the world with family and friends, but I'd never gone on a trip by myself. The very idea terrified me. But surprisingly, one of the things that made the experience so enjoyable was traveling by myself.
Between faster Internet, more options for cruisers traveling alone and pick-your-own deals, 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for cruisers. Whether you've set sail numerous times or are contemplating taking your first cruise, this year promises to be a memorable one for those hitting the high seas.
First, let's give ourselves a little reality check by remembering that things can happen to anyone at anytime regardless of our location in the world. In case you don't believe me, just turn on your local news. There are probably several examples of unsafe things going on in your very own city right now. Not trying to be pessimistic Patty. Just sayin'.