Or maybe you don't feel like going out hard. Maybe you just want to wander around a museum all day and read every single placard in every single room, or go day drinking before buying yourself a pair of wooden clogs, all followed by a quiet dinner and an early bedtime so you can get up at 7am and going hiking the next day because, dammit, that's just what you want to do. Guess what? You can do ALL of it, and you can do it without someone else bitching or silently pouting.
And even better, should find yourself getting cranky and stressed (‘cause finding the right pair of clogs is never easy), it doesn't turn into a fight that will take the better part of the rest of the day to resolve. You just have your moment of internal tantruming, and then continue trying on wooden shoes. It's beautiful, really.
Look, there’s a "social stigma" with the idea of traveling and vacationing alone. I get it. I mean, most people struggle to do even the simplest of things by themselves, like dining out or going to a movie, let alone spend an entire week playing shuffleboard on the promenade deck with nobody to talk to except your newly retired friends from Sheboygan.
But here’s the deal, when it comes down to it: NO ONE FUCKING CARES. It's all in your head. You know what they do care about, though? Pretending to be having fun on a beach vacation with friends who are grating on their every last nerve but they can't show it because that's admitting defeat so instead they drink more and question all of the life decisions they’ve made to this point. Or something like that.
Traveling solo, on the other hand, is about living in the moment of your own self-entertainment. So really the question is not, "Why would you travel alone?" but, instead, why wouldn't you?
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Nicole Rupersburg is not a misanthrope, she just hates people. Follow her often-solo adventures on Instagram at @eatsdrinksandleaves.