When traveling solo, the best thing is doing exactly what you want, without considering anyone else’s interests or preferences at all. The more I do that, the less interested I am in traveling with others. It helps to be happy with your own company and to have high comfort in solving your own challenges and dealing with unknowns, which are tough for many folks.
Sometimes, I’ll meet up with friends while traveling, but even then, I do it only with women who are independent — they don’t need to be with me most of the time and don’t need me to show them around. Like I went to the Mideast for weeks and met up with a friend for two days, then she went back to doing her own traveling. Or years ago, I traveled with a friend for a week or two and we’d spend time on our own, doing stuff solo all day and mtg up for dinner.
In my circles, it’s not at all unusual for women to travel alone. I worked in news for decades, where women were reporters, producers, video journalists or war correspondents, for instance. Since they did so much on the fly and solo, leisure travel alone is a cinch.
My first job out of college, I moved far from everyone I knew. That was in ye olde days, pre-internet. My third job, I moved abroad by myself and my husband followed months later, likewise pre-internet. Nowadays, I find things a cinch by comparison, because of tech and the accessibility of info. And you’re rarely unable to reach someone close.
For nearly the past decade, I’ve worked in the startup / tech world, where many of us telecommute, as well as have plenty of control over our own schedules. And many of us have generous paid time off, including sabbaticals. Among such folks, many travel alone at various points. It’s not at all unusual, wasn’t even pre-pandemic.