Wednesday was a historic day for me. For the first time EVER, I went out of town…alone.
Well, let me clarify. I did go out of town for work twice during my career, but I always traveled with others. This time, I spent the night in a hotel room alone, and did not have to meet up with a soul.
Of course, this trip was for a purpose. My daughter was at a basketball camp four hours from home, and I didn’t want to get up and drive at 6:00 am. So, my solution was to book a room and spend the night.
It actually was hard for me to leave the house, but just because I am pathetic. However, I got over it once I turned up the radio and started thinking about how I could eat dinner wherever I wanted!
I love driving, and the four hours were incredibly pleasant. Listening to any song I liked, or listening to nothing at all, was great. Driving alone gave me a chance to really look at the scenery and just enjoy different things that I may not have noticed otherwise. One day I think I would love to just hop in the car and drive, without any destination in mind.
Once I checked into the hotel (which was free because of points earned from previous stays), I got changed and decided to go walk through the huge cemetery across the street. Yes, that may seem strange, but I think it is genetic. My parents visited a lot of cemeteries, and I have always found them fascinating. (My favorite cemetery is in the middle of Boston.)
Anyway, as I walked around, people whipped past me on their bikes. I thought it was very strange that people were biking in a cemetery, and possibly even disrespectful. I followed where they were going and found that at the back of the cemetery, there was a path that connected to a beautiful nature trail next to a river. I walked/ran a couple miles and was so happy that I stumbled across something so pleasant and unexpected.
The rest of the evening very relaxing for me, at least until the baby in the next room started screaming. I realized then that there were probably many people that were forced to turn up their television sets when they were stuck in a room next to us when our kids were babies…
Overall I must say I learned a lot during this little adventure, such as:
*It is good to get out once in awhile on your own terms. I felt so totally relaxed just being away without an agenda or anything to worry about.
*You never know what a locale has to offer. I had no idea there was even a river near where I was staying, let alone an entire nature trail.
*Always pack food when traveling, even when it is just for yourself. When the family travels, I always make sure a cooler is packed. For myself, I waited until the very last minute to leave and left somewhat unprepared. My evening snack ended up being Yoo Hoo and peanuts.
*I don’t like Yoo Hoo.
I really enjoyed my night of relaxation, and I loved the free hot breakfast. I think I could even handle a break like this for several days. However, after long I think I would get pretty lonely.
Have you done much leisure travel alone? (Work does not count.) What did you think? Do you prefer traveling alone or with someone?