Saturday, 19 May 2012

Going Solo

Contemplating the next Ozujsko and sladoled as I sit on Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brač in Croatia.

Going solo...a scary prospect for most of us.  The thought of being the only person, the singular, the solitary is often viewed in a less than positive way.  Never more so than when that lone traveller grabs their oversized backpack or hefty suitcase and decides to explore somewhere new.  I want to change that.  I want 'alone' to be seen positively; the single traveller as the trailblazer, forging the path ahead with confidence as an exclusive adventurer who, far from being the isolated soul, is the hostel common room conqueror, the bar vanquisher, but most of all excited about going out there and exploring your own lonely planet.

"Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement." (Alice Koller)

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