Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Traveling Alone

Sunset over SoHo

For the first 7 years of my marriage Alex and I traveled everywhere together. Leaving town meant a vacation, no matter how mini. However, when I took a new position last year and the work travel amped up I had to get used to traveling alone again. Not that it's a bad thing, just strange not to have my airplane seat mate/baggage handler/local beer critic nearby. The worst part is that I'm a sharer (if having a blog isn't proof of that...) so being by myself means keeping my adventures to myself, at least until we talk again. Luckily,  I'm completely content to wander a city, talk to strangers or eat in public alone (gasp!). I guess you could say, the only problem I have with traveling on the solo is how sad it makes me that the ones I love aren't along to share it all. The point of this post, well I guess there really isn't one. I'm in the Big Apple (all alone) and just felt like sharing. You were warned :)

How do you feel about traveling alone - is the mere thought dreadful or is it a welcome escape?

P.S. Couldn't resist a roof top shot from my hotel. The building on the right is the office I'm spending time at this week. How's that for a commute??

13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful picture. Every time I have to travel without my fiance I get a bit sad too. But it's mostly as you said that I get to have the adventures and no one to share them with!
    xo,
    Sarah
    http://comingunstitched.blogspot.com

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  2. Traveling alone can be well...lonesome! I have to go to NYC for 4 days (4!!!!) in a couple weeks and while I am excited because I miss the energy...it's so much more fun to share it with someone else. Especially the food part!

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  3. I've gotten pretty used to traveling alone - between conferences and research trips it's not unusual for me to be on my own in a strange place for anywhere from a weekend to 3 months - but I'm always relieved to be heading home at the end of it.


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  4. I worked for years in retail apparel and traveled ALOT. Having kids it is nice in the sense that I only had to get myself ready in the morning, could watch whatever I wanted on tv all night...but it does get lonely when you are used to sharing all of your time with someone else.
    Great post!!!

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  5. I've never traveled on my own (except on a plane to see my friend in Vancouver, and then in Toronto) so I'm not sure what it feels like but I can imagine it would be lonely sometimes. But on the other hand you probably get to know yourself a little better and have time to yourself that you can take advantage of. Of course, I agree it would be better to share a new city with a loved one though...

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  6. I travel a ton for work...maybe to a point where if I don't have a trip scheduled each month I start to get antsy. It took me awhile to get used to traveling alone and I still have yet to sleep comfortably in a bed by myself, but on all my trips I manage to keep myself busy catching up with friends/family to ensure I don't have time to think about how much I miss Matt and my dogs.

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  7. first off, gorgeous photo! lucky girl!
    Traveling alone is not my favorite, especially because I'm horrible with directions and need someone to guide me. but, I like the idea of roaming the streets and taking it all in for yourself!
    enjoy your time in NYC!
    xx

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  8. Interesting post - I've never really travelled by myself but it seems like it would be a good but of self discovery!

    whitney
    seeshopeatdo.com

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  9. It's funny, I've only traveled alone for super stressful stuff like auditions, and it's those times I know I couldn't share a hotel room with anyone else! But I can imagine that if you always had your sweetheart, it would be hard to suddenly start traveling without that built-in airplane pillow!

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  10. I don't mind travelling by myself but it's definitely not what I would prefer to do for teh same reason as you - I like to share great experience with people. Things are just more fun with company.

    Sorcha x
    Bonfire Brunette

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  11. It's OK if I have to or if I've travelled that route before otherwise company while travelling is good

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  12. Thanks for sharing. I have never traveled alone.

    You stay safe and enjoy your trip.:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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