When I decided to leave a great job and a wonderful San Francisco apartment last year to travel solo around the world, the first reaction I got from most people was “wow, you are courageous.” I think this was actually a polite way of saying “wow, you are a little crazy.”
And I maybe I am. Hopefully, we are all a little crazy when it comes to what we love — whether it is our kids or our dogs or mountain climbing or playing the guitar.
I did leave behind a lot of security and familiarity and close companionship. But my travels didn’t require much courage and here is why traveling by myself is not anywhere on my list of the scary things that have happened to me in my life.