I can't tell you how many of my own trips were enjoyed without a travel companion. Sometimes the result of a chaotic work schedule, other times it was a simple matter of making travel a priority when others wouldn't. Obvious highlights can include unlimited time spent doing whatever it is you want to do and not a moment wasted on anything you don't! Sounds a bit selfish, perhaps, but let's just roll with it as a benefit in this forum category. On the flip side, it can be a bit disconcerting when the unexpected pops up. Not having a trusted companion can be unsettling or even lonely when no one speaks your language. Lastly, the world of travel can seem like it's built for double-occupancy. Outside of a seat on a plane, everything from cruise cabins to hotel beds seem like they're made for two, especially the rates. What I'd like to foster here in the Travel Forum is a shared sense of adventure, with some practical advice centered on safety and comfort. You may be determined to try something on your own or dipping your toes in by joining a group. Wherever it is your heart takes you, as a part of the Explorer community, we're your trusted community for those times you need realistic suggestions and guidance.