Most importantly, Pippin has found that traveling alone can help her in other ways when she is with her family: she uses her downtime while away to catch up on work so that when she is home, she can make the most of her time with her family.
Still, she stays in close touch with her loved ones back home no matter how far away she is.
“My kids are old enough to text and we do so several times a day and we Skype,” said Pippin. “I’ve come around to enjoying my time away.”
Going solo for beginners
If you are one of those people ready to cast your inhibitions aside and take to the skies without any cumbersome human baggage, Blecker, the travel agent, recommends easing into it. A good first trip is one, like a cruise, that allows you to be on your own part of the time, but also maybe with other travelers at other times. She says getting used to interacting with other travelers is good practice if you should decide to book complete solo trips, as Castro does, and interact with locals.
Blecker doesn’t recommend booking reservations at all-inclusive resorts unless you really want to be on your own all the time, since these are designed for couples, she says.
Blecker said cruises are a good choice for singles, as they allow people to have independent vacations while still interacting with other travelers. “You can get to know your table mates at dinner and share shore excursions,” said Blecker.
If you do decide to head for that exotic island or glamorous city on your own, Blecker recommends opening yourself up to the possibilities of meeting new people, as Castro does when she travels. “Sit at the hotel bar – many people will start conversations with you if you don’t isolate yourself,” said Blecker. “If you open yourself up, you can also have more local interactions and it’s not a pick-up or an attempt to sell you something. Generally, locals are just as interested in you as a person and where you’re from as you are of them.”