On my tod and SO happy!


A HOL­I­DAY on your own com­pletely changes the way you see the world — and the way the world sees you. I dis­cov­ered this when jet­ting off for two weeks on a solo trip to Ja­pan (right).

De­spite lost lug­gage, be­ing caught in the worst typhoon of 2018 and no plan­ning, it was the best hol­i­day I’ve ever had.

A com­mon mis­con­cep­tion about trav­el­ling alone is that you’ll be lonely. But I found new friends ev­ery­where I went. Go­ing solo forced me into con­ver­sa­tions with all sorts of peo­ple, from lo­cals of­fer­ing direc­tions to an Amer­i­can blog­ger at Tokyo’s Sumo Hall and a Cana­dian wood carver at a hill­side tem­ple.

Some en­coun­ters were as mem­o­rable as the places I vis­ited. In fact, my trip be­came so so­cia­ble that I started crav­ing time to my­self.

Trav­el­ling alone gives you the free­dom to be glo­ri­ously self­ish. Yes, there were frus­trat­ing mo­ments — in­clud­ing be­ing sold two train tick­ets by a woman who couldn’t fathom that I was by my­self. But over­com­ing these chal­lenges and en­joy­ing my own com­pany has given me a new con­fi­dence. I can’t wait to book my next solo trip.

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