Arguably one of the best travel quotes of all time, British explorer and travel writer Freya Stark once said, “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” As a uniquely adventurous woman thriving in the 20th century, she was wise beyond her years, and absolutely right.

Solo travel is a rapidly growing trend, attracting more and more enthusiasts for a wide variety of reasons. Traveling alone is a chance to escape from everything, and just focus on numéro uno for once. Solo trips offer the opportunity to truly absorb the present moment and connect with Mother Nature, the culture around you and most importantly yourself.

Colleen Lanin of recently stayed with us in Hana on her own solo travel adventure. At first, she was almost taken off-guard by the overwhelming idea of a Hawaiian vacation without her husband, children and even her cell phone. It wasn’t long before she was reveling in the magic of Hana’s stillness and beauty. The peace and contentment that comes from traveling alone is unmatched. “Solo travel makes me more aware of my senses… in Hana, there is quiet. There are only the sounds of waves and wind and birds, and I am left to think, and not to think, and to be.”

Similarly, travel writer Leslie Farnsworth, took her first solo vacation to Travaasa Austin back in September 2012. The grand plans for her scheduled alone time: read, write, relax, rejuvenate… And that’s exactly what she did. Was she lonely? Not for a second. Did she accomplish her objectives? “I relaxed, exercised, and ate healthfully. Rejuvination complete. I read a sizeable book a day. Reading done. I didn’t write as much as I’d planned. I blame my desire to stay as far away from the computer as possible. Verdict: Two out of three. Not bad!” 

Put aside any fears you may have of “feeling alone” and embrace the idea of solo travel. Not only will you gain peace of mind and enjoy unmatched relaxation, but you will likely be surprised to discover something about yourself you otherwise never would have known.