From Group Travel to Solo Travel

As I mentioned in my introduction post, I travel solo a lot.  But, one of my most recent travel adventures was an organized travel group that included 15 other travelers from six different countries.  It was a new experience for me.  I’ve never traveled with more than just a couple of people.  I found positives and negatives to this type of travel…mostly positives.

After ten days of traveling with the group, I headed out for the solo part of my trip.  Wow…what a difference.  Quickly, I was once again “living my life on the perimeter”.  I don’t know if it was the extremely high altitude, the exhaustion from the active trip I just finished, dehydration, or the “social nose dive”…but, I felt horrible.  I hedged my bets and decided it must be the altitude and dehydration.  I went to sleep early and drank a ton of water.  Luckily that helped and I felt amazing the next day.

However, it took a day or two for me to really get over the “social nose dive”.  Who knew I could get so use to being surrounded by a large group.

Aside from work I can go days, sometimes even weeks, without spending more than just a few minutes with people.  This is going to sound pitiful…I look forward to getting my ice tea from Starbucks every morning and afternoon.  I know it’s just good customer service, but it makes me smile that they know my name and drink order.

Would I travel with a “large” group again?…most definitely, but not too large.  However, given my “perimeter life” there is NO CHANCE that my solo travel is finished.

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