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Travel alone at least once in your life.
Originally posted on Beradadisini:
Started in 2007, at least once a year, I travel alone. It doesn’t really matter how far or how close the destination is. The idea is simply to go to a foreign place, a place where you know no one, alone. It’s not that I dislike travelling with friends. I do enjoy spending summer with my best friends: shopping and partying with the girls and going poetically mellow in a remote village with the boys. But travelling alone gives a different kind of pleasure. It’s more of a journey to know who you really are, better.
Travelling alone gives you a lot of time to spend with yourself, to do things as you wish, to see things that you want, to spend more or less time in places that you find most or least interesting, to say yes or no to a stranger’s invitation for a drink without having to consult anyone, to spend your time doing nothing—or anything, for that matter. To me, it’s an opportunity to wander around, to daydream, to write, to read, to draw, to take pictures, and most importantly: to think.
The most interesting part is, when travelling alone, you have no one to accompany you but yourself. It’s a great test to see how much you like being in your own company. Do you see yourself as a good friend; someone you can feel comfortable with, or someone you can’t stand? Do you see yourself as someone you can count on to? Will yourself disappoint or fulfill you? Can you make peace with your own thoughts, worries, fears, dreams, passions?
Traveling is something most of us like to do, wish to do, or need to do. This year, why not let the Cheap Travel Deals book a trip to someplace that’s unique? You could enjoy time somewhere like Hawaii, France, or China. However, you won’t have as unique an experience as you would in someplace like these great islands, the Azores, Madagascar, or Greece, where you can see a new culture, taste new foods and have new experiences. It would be like visiting another world.
The Azores is a collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Western coast of Portugal in the North Atlantic. The locals there speak Portuguese. The weather varies throughout each island, but they range from 70°-80°F during the summer. They have a food and culture that is very unique. Some traditional meals are Shrimp Filling and Coscorões. Those two meals are popular during their festivals or holidays. If you visit the Azores you will have a wonderful experience. One of their traditions is Carnaval, which includes pageants, lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks, floats, and a parade to showcase them all. Another traditional event is bullfighting, an annual event that takes place throughout the island from March to October. However, you are certain to catch a bullfight everyday somewhere in Terceira between May 1st and September 30th.
Madagascar is an island nation 225 miles off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The scenery is beautiful on the island and the beaches are never crowded. If you are a nature lover, this is your spot. About ninety percent of its animal and plant life are found nowhere else in the world. The best time to visit Madagascar would be from April to October because in the Southern Hemisphere, it is winter in those months. The weather can be pretty hot during the summer, which is during the months of November to March. There are some wide climate changes, such as the heat getting too overwhelming for the animal life during the summer.
Santorini, Greece is one of the most beautiful of Greece’s 1,400 islands, but only 227 are inhabited. It is the world’s only inhabited volcanic caldera. Here, you can try some of the best seafood in the Mediterranean at Sphinx Restaurant on Perissa Beach. The Sphinx offers diners a great view of the sun setting over the Aegean, while the diners enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines. If you only visit one archaeological site, make sure it is Ancient Akrotiri, where workmen discovered the remains of an ancient town in the 1860s. Near the end of the day, don’t forget to watch the sunset with all the locals in the small town of Oia.
There are so many places in the world that you can visit that are unique in their own way. All of these islands are beautiful places to see and try new things. When you are traveling, make sure you travel in the right month that is best for that location, get translation books, and be prepared for something new. The Azores would be a fun get away for the whole family, Madagascar would be a great experience for more mature people, and Santorini, Greece could be that romantic getaway you’ve been looking for. The Cheap Travel Deals can make it happen for you.