One of the great advantages of being a single Christian woman is that you have the freedom to do what you want to do when you want to, like taking off for a while to travel to some far-off and exotic place. At this stage in your life, you don’t have to choose between school fees and that trip of a lifetime, or wait until you can afford a trip for the entire family. One disadvantage though is that without a husband or children, finding a ready travel partner is not as easy: your friends may have other priorities, not have the time, or not have the funds to go along with you.
So what do you do, when you have a burning desire to travel somewhere but no one has the time, money or interest in going with you? You go it alone.
Frankly, it comes down to whether years from now your greater regret will be not having had friends along with you on that trip to Europe, for example, or that you let excuses deprive you of the chance to go to Europe. I know what I’d regret more. How about you?
When I said I was going to Peru alone, my mother clearly thought I was crazy. I’ve always wanted to visit Peru, a mecca for history, culture, and tasty and creative cuisine, but my friends either didn’t have the funds or the interest. So, I set off alone. And I loved it!
Don’t get me wrong, travelling with family and friends is great, but there is something about being able to do what you want when and how you want it. You can stay in the museum, shopping centre, or whatever floats your boat, without feeling guilty that your companion is getting weary and bored. You can leave your hotel for a day of exploring as early or as late as you want. Furthermore, and this always amazes me, without your entourage, it is so much easier to start up conversations with total strangers, including locals who can provide unique insight into their own culture.
Sure there are dangers out there; there are dangers everywhere even in your hometown, and you have to take certain precautions. One of the things that should make the solo travel decision easier for a Christian woman, however, is having the conviction that God is watching over you no matter where in the world you are. I mean, Proverbs 15:3 reminds us that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place” (NIV). That’s greater comfort than any amount of pepper spray or travel insurance.
So are you going to let the lack of a travel companion keep you from visiting the place you always dreamt of?
Daughter of a King