I started travelling by myself when I was in high school .
It was a weekend trip to Boston and I can honestly say that I really didn’t know what to expect , nor did I do any research on where I was going.
This is something that you should NEVER do whether you’re going on a trip around the world or doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere .
Do your research before you go anywhere , that way you have some idea of what’s expected of you.
I have since traveled by myself to London, Singapore , Kuala Lumpur and Penang , Malaysia as well as Brisbane and Sydney , Australia .
I won’t even mention all the times and places in the United States and Canada that I’ve traveled to by myself .
Did I feel uncomfortable going by myself to these places, in some cases , not knowing anybody ?
I’m not lying to you when I say no.
Actually , I didn’t and I still don’t even after all these years of traveling by myself .
Don’t get me wrong.
Lots of thoughts went through my mind, but nothing like will any physical harm come to me in these places .
I was more concerned about will I have a problem because I’m carrying an American passport?
This was way before the current political climate , by the way.
I worried about when I went overseas , will these places have people that speak English ?
How do some of the places that I’m going to feel about a woman traveling by herself ?
Most of all I worried about will I have a problem with the fact that I’m an older woman of color travelling by herself .
Luckily, I didn’t have a problem and people were very nice.
Although , in Singapore and Malaysia some well meaning ladies that I met in the shops and on my plane ride wanted to know “where was my husband and how could he let me travel by myself ? ”
Most of my travel now is in the United States and Canada .
Because I was raised to be very independent by my folks, may they rest in peace, I don’t feel uncomfortable at all traveling by myself.
I like to think that the Good Lord is watching over me no matter where I go , so everything is going to be okay .
Of course, even here in my own country, I research and am very aware of my surroundings .
If something doesn’t feel or seem right, I avoid it like the plague .
I don’t wait for anyone to go with me, I have to go somewhere because , you know, staying home is NOT an option .
Although when I do one of my famous 30 Plus Teams Tours, and I’m asked by some well meaning person why am I going to this city , who do I know there , I’d be a multimillionaire for all the side glances I get when I tell them that I’m going for a baseball , basketball or a hockey game.
What about you ?
Do you ever feel uncomfortable when you travel by yourself ?
If so, how do you handle it?
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