I have many moments of loneliness. First there are conscious times of loneliness – created by choice.
Taking trips by myself
The benefit of traveling alone is that I get to decide exactly what I want to do. I am able to make connections with strangers without any restrictions of others impatiently waiting for me. I am the master of my journey and don’t need to make any compromise. I even learned that the language barrier is not that much of a big deal. Besides German and English I speak very little French and Italian. I’ve traveled to countries like Hungary and Czechoslovakia (when it still existed as one country) by myself. time and my choices. I’ve also spend time in France by myself without really mastering the language.
I traveled to Dublin once and already made friends on the airplane. I never even got to leave the airport until midnight because we ended up in a bar.
I’d come home and had a story to share. The trips felt more intense than traveling with a group. I felt that I owned my memories.