People are always a little surprised when I tell them how much I enjoy traveling alone. I guess it could sound lonely, or even a little scary – especially when traveling internationally. But I really love it. (And I’m a total scaredy cat, by the way.) Meals can be a little awkward/lonely, but the last time I traveled alone, I spent my meals writing postcards or reading a book… (or in some cases, I made a few friends along the way.) But overall, it’s just really nice. I love the thrill of going somewhere new on my own… and the feeling that I can do whatever my little heart desires. It’s a little selfish, but it can be really nice not worrying about what your traveling companion wants to do, and if you want to sleep in or spend a day by the pool you don’t feel guilty about it! The last time I traveled alone was four years ago… I spent two weeks island hopping in Greece. I was between jobs and it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done for myself.
So now, in just six days, (at Viv’s recommendation) I’m off to Playa del Carmen for a week. I”m really looking forward to it. Some time to myself in the sun… lots of reading + relaxing on the beach… a day trip or two to Tulum to explore the rainforest and Mayan ruins. Maybe some snorkling, maybe some outdoor yoga… who knows! Really, I just can’t wait.
PS – If you’ve been to Playa Del Carmen or Tulum before, I will love you forever if you could leave your recommendations below!