I've traveled for work alone. But that doesn't count; I'm there to work and I'm the client getting shuttled around and entertained.
This was a work trip, believe it or not.
I've traveled for races by myself. Camped on my own.
I've taken a few trips to visit friends.
But I've never taken a vacation alone. Like, alone alone. A real vacation.
I had a pretty big trip planned for this Spring. For this week actually. Was supposed to race a marathon in Paris then poke around Europe. And every time someone would ask how the planning was going, I'd brush them off with "Eh, I'll get to it." But I never got to it. Relieved when I finally admitted to myself that I simply did NOT want to go, I cancelled what few plans I had made. Whew. The thought of spending 9 days In a foreign country, all by myself...well, that feels overwhelming right now.
I'm such a wuss.
Let's be clear, I am an introvert. Being around others for long periods of time just wears me out; I need my space. But I actually do *really like* my friends and spending time with them. But you have to be on the same page to travel with someone.
And yes, I am fully aware that in any pair, I'M the difficult one with whom to travel. Let's be clear. I don't like to eat out, I won't stay at nasty hotels (and yes, I bring Clorox wipes and wipe down the entire room before settling in) and my idea of "resting" is sleeping past 6 am.
It's been a long time since I've had a big vacation. Since I've gone somewhere new to explore. And I'm ready to get away. Yes, I've taken a lot of short weekend trips this year, and have several others planned but I want to really get away.
Do I want to go camping? Sure! Glacier National Park is high on my list. But am I ready to camp on my own with bears and moose? Hmm.
Do I want to go hiking by day and relax in town in the evenings? Mt. Elbert has been on my mind. Not too many moose on CO. Just bears, cats and well, that's scary enough don't you think?
Do I want to explore a big city? Well, even though I've been there before, I've got Chicago this fall. (hi Meghan!) One thing is for sure, I'd like it to be somewhere at least a little cooler than Texas in summer!
Tired of sitting around, I've got some decisions to make.
Do you travel alone? What are your tips for not getting lonely when riding solo in YOUR lolo?