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.