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Solo Travel: More Than Just Dining Alone at the Bar

This week’s episode of Miles to Go features a fascinating interview with New York Times travel writer and author, Stephanie Rosenbloom. Her first book, Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, goes far beyond a “How-To” on traveling alone.

The Benefits of Practicing Slow Travel

By incorporating solo and slow travel behavior into her everyday life, Rosenbloom highlights the importance of:

“Savoring the moment, examining things closely, reminiscing — these practices are not strictly for use on the road. They’re for everyday life, anywhere.” 

The New York Times Book Review

Many times remote workers, road warriors and digital nomads alike face solo travel. Either dining alone with a laptop at the bar or sandwiched between two strangers in a middle seat. The author’s studies on the ways technology can help or hurt our experiences, leads to several takeaways.

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There are certainly times when loneliness sinks in. More often than, however, it’s easier to quiet the voices by observing what’s going on around you when solo. There’s also great insight provided on how embracing slow travel practices in everyday life can help balance out the stress of being connected 24/7.

Personal Renewal Through Solo Travel

Additional takeaways include the benefits of solo travel or slow travel when you are looking for personal introspection. J.P. Morgan´s Annual Reading List included Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude as one of their 10 books for 2018, stating:

Mixing her own analysis with insights from psychologists, sociologists, artists and innovators throughout history, Rosenbloom documents the restorative qualities of her 12-month tour of Paris , Istanbul , Florence and New York. If you’re looking to reconnect with yourself and the world around you, this utterly unique reading experience will prove an inspiration.”

2018 J.P. Morgan Reading List

Balancing Alone Time with Social Interaction

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why we love coworking so much? No matter where you go, even if you are solo, a coworking space can provide connectivity and community. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation”. By balancing benefits of social interaction from coworking and practices of solo or slow travel, those traveling for work solo can enjoy both! Either way, the author’s interview with Miles to Go host and travel blogger Ed Pizza will have you adding the book to your Amazon cart and booking your next trip…for one.

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