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TRAVEL ALONE – A Way of self-discovery and self-awareness.

April 11, 2016


Do you like to travel alone?  I’m sure that most of us might find that idea a little over whelming, or perhaps scary, however this post may change your attitude to travelling solo.

Through blogging I have met some wonderful women of midlife who are embracing this wonderful phase of life and taking all opportunities.

I would love to introduce you to Annette who lives in Copenhagen.  Each year, Annette visits London for a week on her own for self-discovery and self-awareness.  I loved reading her post and also her tips for travelling alone.

Annette writes….

Hello all adventurous women – I am Annette – Danish jewelry designer and blogger and I have found a great opportunity to explore myself and the world. To travel alone.

Do you want to try something new ?. Many women throughout time have travelled alone, so it is not a new phenomenon. I love to travel alone. It is an experience all women should try . It gives a great sense of freedom. And it is good to try something new and get out of our comfort zone.

How it started !

When I was 25 years I got a scholarship to Florence and took off alone without knowing anyone. I found an apartment and  a lot of nice people and made a life there for nearly 2 years . Wonderful years that still has an impact on me emotionally

So I’ve always had it in me. 25 years later I got the idea. When my husband goes fishing once a year, I go to London to be on jewelery courses , get inspiration for new jewelry , look at art and enjoy life.

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I simply love London. If Italy is my heart country, then London is the creative and life -loving part of me. London is life, bohemian neighborhoods , ancient history, fascinating museums , lots of art , vivid people , lovely coffee shops and restaurants.

In London there are so many courses for designers like me.

I started to travel alone 7 years ago and the first years it was only for 3 days. The first day was strange.  It was the feeling of ” aloneness ” that was unfamiliar . But as I have always loved London, I made a small plan of what to do and it turned out to be a nice beginning.

The following year I went with my arms up when I arrived and this year,7 years later, I went for a week.

 How do you prepare to travel alone ?

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  • First of all you have to have the desire. And then the right attitude.
  • Start with being away one day – a trip into the blue or a few days outside your home
  • Think of a place where you can do something that fills you up. Maybe for you it is to be in peace and quiet to write , think and go for walks or you need to wander and test your physical limits .
  • Is it the serenity , the feeling of freedom or excitement you are looking for?
  • Choose a place where you feel excited! I would recommend that you have a small program , so you have a purpose for the trip .
  • Have the opportunity to contact someone at home

What do women gain from travel alone ?

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FREEDOM – an overwhelming sense of absolute freedom .

SELF – DISCOVERY – how it is to be alone and feel yourself.




There have always been women who have travelled alone. Grandma Gatewood she was the first woman who went through the Appalacchian mountains in the United States at the age of 67 years.

On my Pinterest board I have a lot of exciting input on travelling alone and live a BRAVE life – see

Enjoy! In freedom … Annette from

Meet Annette

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Annette is a Danish jewelry designer. She loves to design jewelry for women who want an individual and personal style. It is the close and personal, that matters to Annette. Annette is inspired by nature, people and the bohemian lifestyle which includes mind, soul, nature, culture, crooked ways of life, fun angles on life in general.

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  • Reply Mary April 14, 2016 at 02:29

    My first solo travel was from the US to New Zealand. The travel part was alone but once I got to NZ I was met by my best friend who was living there for a year during her husband’s film project. That helped with the scary part because I knew once I arrived, I wouldn’t be alone. Since then, I’ve traveled all across the US for business, almost always alone. It does breed confidence and competency and proves just what we can do!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 20:49

      Oh NZ is gorgeous isn’t it Mary. I’ve only travelled domestically in Australia on my own but even that can be confidence boosting. Of course we can do it we are women of midlife!!! So lovely to hear from you and have a great week!

  • Reply Rosemond April 14, 2016 at 05:05

    I used to travel alone but it has been a while for me. The tip to try one day away by yourself is a very good idea. It makes sense to ease in slowly so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed. I wanted to journey to Sedona at some point alone and thought this might be a very good trip to try alone!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 20:52

      Hi Rosemond! I liked the idea of one day away as a start for those who haven’t travelled alone. I have only travelled domesitcally in Australia but even that built confidence. I haven’t heard of Sedona so I will look it up. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Tam Warner Minton April 14, 2016 at 06:47

    I have been all over the world by myself! I just returned from a very remote Mexico location, and I’m off to Australia, Bali, Komodo and the Great Barrier Reef…then Antarctica! Keep going and age won’t catch up!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 20:53

      Hi Tam! You are the epitome of solo travel I follow your blog! Sounds like a great trip to my homeland of Australia, then Bali and Komodo. You will love the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy your next adventure, I admire people like you!

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski April 14, 2016 at 09:01

    I love getaways by myself because it gives me time to think and I am also not on anyone else’s time clock. You can relax and see more rather than rush. Eating out is more challenging. I’d love to do Europe by myself if I could go for free or win the lotto. LOL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 20:56

      Hi Rebecca it would be great to win lotto and travel the world wouldn’t it! I have my fingers crossed for you. I agree that time away alone gives us space to reflect and not be held to someone elses time frame. Have a great week!

  • Reply Lisa at Grandma's Briefs April 14, 2016 at 09:08

    Annette sounds like tons of fun. An adventurous woman, for sure!

    I’ve had a few press trips on my own (not in groups) that have made me realize the value of heading out on one’s own now and then. It’s quite empowering and fulfilling. I hope to do it again soon.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 20:57

      Hi Lisa! Annette is fabulous and I love her free spirit. Travelling along is empowering although I’ve only travelled alone domestically in Australia. Usually I have hubby with me on overseas trips! We should all start planning a get away soon. Have a great day!

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt April 14, 2016 at 09:17

    Great post, Sue…although I have never traveled alone, I have flown alone to meet my hubby in Mexico. It was my first Int’l flight and I speak little Spanish. The flight had problems, etc, but it all worked out so I all I could do was call it an adventure! Congrats on your 1600 FB followers!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 20:58

      It does sound like an adventure Terri! I’ve only travelled domestically on my own and I thought that was pretty brave at the time. Thanks for the lovely words about FB I’m trying and that is all we can do isn’t it. I hope that my honesty shines through and I’ve met lovely people like yourself along the way. Have a beautiful day my friend. xx

  • Reply Carol Cassara April 14, 2016 at 11:33

    I love traveling alone domestically. I took two trips out of the country alone, one to Asia and one to Italy and frankly, in those places I really wanted to share with someone. I take significant alone time but found I preferred to do that in the US

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 21:00

      Hi Carol thanks for your patience in overcoming the speed on my website I really appreciate you commenting. Yes I love sharing experiences in travel with my husband and have only travelled domestically on my own. I probably prefer a weekend getaway somewhere quiet for reflection and not too far away. Have a great week and talk again soon.

  • Reply Cathy April 15, 2016 at 01:25

    I only have traveled alone for business, usually to a conference, so there was something to do. But even that was empowering. I actually am right this minute house sitting and of the three weeks, the first one I was alone. and writing my next book. It’s great for a bit, but admittedly lonely. So I think the key is to go to a place where there are things to do that truly interest you. I’m not afraid to talk to strangers, but I get in trouble for that from my kids all the time because I will talk to anyone! Thanks for the encouraging post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 15, 2016 at 15:44

      Hi Cathy I’ve only travelled alone domestically and I agree it is sometimes more fun travelling with someone to share your experiences. You sound like a fun person and being able to talk to strangers is a gift – some people are too shy! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 15, 2016 at 12:18

    I’m so out of practice at doing things alone! It scares me silly being by myself in a strange place. My mum started travelling alone a couple of years ago and she loves it, so maybe it will be what I end up doing in another 20 or so years (I can’t afford to do it now anyway!) I like the idea of starting small and working your way up to bigger trips.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 15, 2016 at 15:51

      Me too Leanne! I am rarely alone so when I am I cherish it. At least you had a trip with your Mum which has lovely memories for you.

  • Reply Kathleen April 15, 2016 at 19:42

    I have no desire to travel alone, I love sharing experiences. I can identify with the feeling, when I first got my drivers licence in my thirties, that was a wonderful feeling of being able to be independent and go where I needed by myself. It was awesome. I did enjoy Annette’s story, and who wants to stay home when the other half is off fishing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 06:37

      oh you must have felt freedom getting your driver’s licence Kathleen. I do like time alone but I also love travelling with my husband and sharing the experience. I have travelled alone domestically and that certainly helped my self-confidence. Have a lovely day Kathleen!

  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog April 16, 2016 at 06:16

    Haha! Kathleen is so funny. When my other half goes fishing I get to have the house to myself. I only like to travel with my family. I like to share these experiences with them. I am an only child so being alone comes naturally to me. I don’t have the need to go away. But it must be fun for other people. Sue, I am hosting a new link party and would love it if you could join us at Sweet Inspiration. It runs from Friday till Tuesday.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 06:45

      Hi Mary I’m the same I love being home alone although that doesn’t happen very often. I love travelling with my husband to share our experiences but I do admire women like Annette who are confident enough to travel alone.

  • Reply Sage April 16, 2016 at 12:36

    In many ways I prefer to travel alone. I also enjoy backpacking, canoeing and kayaking alone–which freaks people out, but it is a soul searching time for me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 06:49

      Being alone is a great time to reflect and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than getting out into nature. Sounds ideal.

  • Reply Nikki April 18, 2016 at 22:51

    So, as usual, what a great post. We all need to work at figuring out who we are, and once we reach middle age we seem to change. Without all of the trappings that have made us who we were in our twenties and thirties, we can now branch out and figure out who we really are. Travel seems like a great way to do this, there’s so many great places to explore.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2016 at 21:24

      Thanks Nikki! Midlife is certainly a wonderful time to rediscover who you are not that you have ‘grown up’. I think any travel is enlightening and a journey of self discovery whether it is alone or with someone to share the memories. Have a great week.

  • Reply Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew April 19, 2016 at 07:11

    Funny we have a blog post coming out tomorrow on Travelling alone! This post brings it sharply into perspective. Its doable and I discovered last year taht its a great ay for self discovery indeed. And a whole lot more that I share on our Travel Hub. Thanks for sharing indeed! More power to Ann!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2016 at 21:28

      Oh I will have to look out for your post. I have to admit I’ve only travelled domestically but even that proves you can do things when you thought you couldn’t. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Reply Annette May 19, 2016 at 20:05

    THANK you so much everyone – it has been so inspirering to read all your comments. GO FOR IT, girls.
    I would love to hear about your adventures.
    Love Annette

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2016 at 17:44

      We all loved your story Annette and it was so inspirational!

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