Saturday, August 6, 2016

Flying Solo

I think if you asked most people if they would prefer to fly alone or fly with friends or relatives most people would say they prefer to fly with other people rather than flying alone. I feel like this is yet again another instance where I am not the average person. I'm somewhat undecided on this one. Although I can clearly see the advantages of having travel companions, I love having my independence. I often find it very freeing to be by myself.


As I'm currently sitting in London's Heathrow airport all by myself, I'm realizing that out of all my air travel over the last year or so, which consists of about a half dozen trips, all but one of them I flew to my destination by myself. This is mainly because with my family in Philadelphia, if I am traveling with them, I generally meet them at our final destination. It's just easier and more efficient than going to philly to fly with them. I've also now travelled a couple times for work and so far that has been solo as well. I guess you could say that I inadvertently became very accustomed to being by myself in airports.

There are clearly advantages to having travel companions.  For example, if you have to go to the bathroom, you can leave your bags with those you're traveling with. Although I've gotten pretty good at taking my stuff with me in the bathroom and traveling light. 

I kind of like my independence in airports. I find them to be very surreal places with all these people coming in and out from all these different destinations around the world. I like to take that time to think and to reflect. It beats having to listen to someone complain about the uncomfortable seats and the over priced food. And with the growing number of airports that offer free wifi, staying entertained by yourself keeps getting easier (case and point, me at this very moment taking the time to blog while waiting for my next flight).

In the end, I think there are many people out there that are simply afraid to fly alone or to travel alone in general. This is something that I respect, but I don't think I'll ever understand. Traveling with friends and family can be fun, but sometimes you just need to get out there on your own. You can't truly stand on your own two feet until you can sustain for a couple nights in a foreign city by yourself. In fact, I think those are the trips where you really find yourself.