1972, when I flew from Chicago to New York by myself and stay there several weeks. That was my second time ever on a plane. The first time on a plane was three months before this, when I moved from New York to Chicago.
I could estimate in miles, but I’m really not focused on how many miles but how many things I learned. I believe in quality over quantity. I believe the tens of thousands of readers of the Travebest book series and listeners to the podcasts have traveled over a billion (1,000,000,000) miles since 1993.
I enjoy solo travel because sometimes there’s just nobody to go with. Sometimes you make plans with a friend and they can’t go so you have to figure out if you want to go by yourself.
I travel independently often. I define that as not on a tour. Often I will be with my daughter or with a friend, basically on my own with somebody else.
Advantages of solo travel are that you can actually do the things you want to do when you want to do them and it is transformative because it builds confidence for future life circumstances. When you are solo, sometimes you get bumped up to first class. That happened to me on a very long flight from Tokyo to San Diego.
Being solo allows people to speak to you in a foreign city or a distant town. You are approachable. That is how I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people from around the world. I was invited to lunch at a home in Chile, South America, and they had never seen a Caucasian person in their home before. An 11-year-old boy invited me to his house for lunch and it was delightful for his mother and grandmother.
The motivation is that you can discover new places and new people, you can go with the pace that you feel comfortable with, and you can set your expectations for what’s realistic.
In the summer of 2023, I plan on taking a trip around the world. I plan to start in Taiwan and then visit Europe, more of Asia and the South Pacific, Africa, Europe, and return back to San Diego in three months. I will be avoiding tourist traps and large crowds. Some of my plan destinations are Indonesia, Israel, Italy and Iceland And those are just the I countries.
5 Steps to Solo Travel
#1. Overnight stay close to home.
#2. Visit a nearby state.
#3. Travel to multiple states.
#4. Overseas to English-speaking country.
#5. Overseas to non-native country, learn their culture.
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