Solivagant is a word that can refer to a "lone wanderer" or "someone who wanders on their own." A beautiful word with a tinge of loneliness at first glance. After all, why would anyone choose to travel all alone? To forego company during trips can mean trouble for the uninitiated but for others, it's part of the journey to self-reflection.
Going on trips with family and friends is almost always fun. You can share the experience with the people who are closest to you. You get to enjoy new cuisines and visit places you've only seen on TV or in magazines before. Travel photos are also not complete without group pictures. They are a great way to commemorate the fun times you've had and are a delight to stumble upon years after.
However, there is also a special kind of fulfillment you can find when you travel alone. You have all the time in the world to do things you want to do. Your itinerary is dictated by your heart and not by your schedule. Peace and quiet are your company. No unnecessary noise, it's just you with your thoughts while you continue with your journey.
When you look at it that way, traveling alone doesn't seem terrible. Perhaps, it can be a way for you to relieve that pressure that often comes with planning and going on trips. Everything is easygoing and laid back. No worries hanging over you like a dreaded deadline.
That's exactly the vibe we are getting from these travel snaps from our community members. The people in the photos are alone but far from lonely. The photos they take are deliberate and not just taken by accident. We love the contagious sense of freedom that is emanating from the scenes. The views alone are delightful to see but it's really the emotion behind the shots that can make you want to give wandering alone a shot.
How about you? Have you ever gone on a trip alone? Share your stories down in the comments section below.