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It’s a cliché but traveling alone really does help you rediscover the self that’s buried under the layers of dust.It’s the new year and your sights are set on higher goals. You’re ready to begin afresh and discard your old habits, sort your socks into pairs, and find the nearest Boot Camp, Spinning or Cross-Fit class. I’ll stop right there and fall into step with the rest of you. You’re probably praying that the bad weather doesn’t end so that you don’t have to leave the house. Some kind relative just bought you a set of fluffy socks and you’re wearing them until such time as you can no longer ignore the sock-apocalypse. You’re convinced that Netflix is getting an uncanny handle on your personality, so you’re throwing in a decoy movie every now and again to keep them off the trail of the critically acclaimed indie chick flicks. But even if you’re looking to the New Year with trepidation, there are things you can do without leaving the house or even getting out of your chair. I’m referring to browsing the internet constructively. This may seem like a contradiction in terms, but if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, like traveling the world, some casual browsing could give you the courage to get going. At the Solo Travel for Women event at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, hosted by Go-Girl Travel Network and presented by Maureen White, the atmosphere was enthusiastic but practical. Girls in the audience contributed anecdotes about their own experiences as well as handy advice. Collectively, the group put together a neat little ring binder of tips and tricks, and nobody was wearing rose-colored glasses. A lot can go wrong out there on the trail, and the safety section of the talk was appropriately detailed, with lively exchange between Maureen, a seasoned traveler, and the ladies in the audience.
At long last there is a conversation being had involving people who are ‘coming out’ as introverted travelersWhen people confessed to what they’d been longing to do, surprisingly it often boiled down to the freedom NOT to do. Simply sitting on a park bench with a book, placing yourself in a beautiful place and allowing yourself to exist, eating when you’re hungry, going to bed when you’re tired… Traveling with a companion can be fun, but everyone’s rhythms are different and there are times when it might be good for the soul to avoid traveler’s gripe – that infamous tetchiness that can strike in a tedious museum or stressful market with a fellow traveling companion. It’s a cliché, but traveling alone really does help you rediscover the self that’s buried under the layers of dust. For Maureen, traveling alone was “a skill that I needed to keep practicing and practicing and get my feet wet.” But if being a solo female traveler is ultimately about taking the plunge, there are ways to make that cold water feel a little less harsh. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and help you research the best trips of your life. Safety
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