Travelling solo ‘enhances experience’
Tags: Lone travelling, Marrakech, Morocco, Travelling alone
Many UK women are getting ready to pack the car, get on a bus, head to the airport and leave on August holidays with families or friends, but in future they might consider the benefits of travelling alone, one expert says.
Travelling by oneself can be frightening, but the more intense enjoyment of a new place experienced by a solo traveller can outweigh any pitfalls, according to Womentravel.info’s Rosemary Neave.
“Travelling alone enables you to truly be in the place you are,” Neave said. “Making your way alone is entirely dependent on you making sense of where you are.”
Lone travellers get to decide where to go with no one “pulling in a different direction”, she said.
Neave also highlighted the importance of experiencing a new culture and engaging with a local people, rather than only travelling inside “a western bubble”.
Remembering a visit to Morocco, Neave recounted how she helped a local woman there draw water from a well.
“Not a word passed between us, but we met each other in that moment of simple ordinary living,” she said.
The travel expert also suggested visitors look for accommodation “that enable[s] you to connect with that place and its people”.
An official from the Moroccan National Tourist Office said last year most British travellers visit his country in the winter.
“The majority of the British that we get, come to Morocco during winter time and they come mainly to the city of Marrakech,” Jamal El Jaidi said.