The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
– Henry David Thoreau
I like this quote, Several people have asked if I am traveling “alone”. Many are surprised that I am traveling “all alone”. Based on nature, humans sometimes have the perception that when your “alone” that your actually “alone”. Many that are “alone” get lonely which is a very common human feeling, although this “feeling” or emotion can be transcended which the power resides within.
First, and for most I would never ever bring anyone with me. I don’t even think I could even find anyone who would be able to travel for a good 5 to 7 years. It would very irritating to have someone with me and then they complain because it’s to hot or other discomforts that a traveler runs into. If a person is expecting comfort when traveling that person would be better off staying home. I also never have the feeling like I am “alone”, nowadays that concept doesn’t even make sense to me.
I am always open to meeting other travelers on the way. I really enjoy being around those English babes from England, there voice is a pure pleasure to be around. I am much more interested in culture, people, the history of the country than sight seeing here, there, and everywhere which gets very tiring. Of course I am going to see wonderful things but it surely will not be my focus every single day.
From personal experience I would never put up with anyone who can’t handle waiting, walking, being inconvenienced or always needing to have something to do. That would drive me nuts.
I will certainly be going as a traveler, a big difference compared to a tourist.
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.”
– Daniel J. Boorstin