I’m a wanderer, an adventurer, and a lone wolf. As an introvert, I find peace and solace in the silence of nature, in the aloneness of the wilderness. It fills up my internal well and brings me contentment. I do a lot of solo travel, and it’s thrilling, comfortable, and fulfilling for me, but for others it can be very scary to consider traveling without company. This article should inspire you to take to the road, to the trail, or to nature and experience adventure by yourself, with confidence.
I called this blog post, “Almost Solo Travel” because I rarely travel alone. I’ve always got my dogs! I had Mica for almost 3 years before I got River, so he and I have many memories traveling together. We’ve gone to Maine by ourselves for a full week, vacationed at an amazing canine retreat in upstate New York, hiked all over Vermont, moved cross-country from Vermont to Minnesota, and camped for the first time ever together.
In the wilderness, I’ve been very thankful to have him by my side. He alerts me to others coming up the trail and to possible wildlife encounters. He provides security and comfort when we’re hiking the trail alone. And I take care of him, too. I help him experience new things, reassure him, and help him overcome challenges. We are a team.
You don’t have to have a super strong bond with your dog to go adventuring together, but you’ll certainly form one along the journey. Having Mica along lent me confidence to try these adventures. I was never an avid outdoorswoman before I got him. Getting a Border Collie prompted me to explore more, and it sparked a love for the outdoors that I’m so grateful to have. You can start at any time of your life; pick an activity that interests you, do some research, and give it a try.