I’M 27 and female. Since I was 21, I’ve been away at least once a year, for anything from 3 nights to 9 months, alone. I also go on trips with friends, but I make a point of regularly going solo.
When alone, I’ve been met with various reactions, but they tend to fall into two broad camps:
- Awesome, that must be really fun! (Wide eyes, look of interest, wants to hear stories)
- Really? You’re on your own?! Why? (Raised eyebrows, expression of slight distrust, thinks I’m weird)
Both reactions are totally valid. In fact, depending on what’s happened that day, either can feel completely (sometimes painfully) justified.