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The Joys of Travelling Alone

The Joys of Travelling Alone: A Journey of Self-Discovery

I was speaking with someone yesterday who said, “I couldn’t do what you do, and travel the world by myself.”  I considered her words overnight, and here is my response.

In an increasingly connected world, the idea of solitude might seem anachronistic. Yet, there lies an unparalleled charm in travelling alone, a journey that is as much about the world outside as it is about the world within. The joys of solo travel are manifold, each trip becoming a personal narrative of adventure, introspection, and growth.

1. Unbridled Freedom: Travelling alone means setting your own pace. There’s no need to compromise on destinations or activities. Want to spend an entire day at a museum or linger at a café, watching the world go by? There’s no one to rush you. You become the sole author of your travel story, making spontaneous decisions without the need for consensus.

2. Self-Reflection: Solo travel provides a unique opportunity for introspection. Away from the familiar, with only your thoughts for company, you can dive deep into self-reflection. It’s a chance to understand your desires, confront your fears, and rediscover yourself. Every trip becomes a journey of personal growth.

3. Building Resilience: Travelling alone is not without its challenges (especially in my case when one has mobility challenges). From navigating foreign public transportation to overcoming language barriers, you’ll face situations that test your patience and resourcefulness. Yet, with each challenge overcome, you’ll find yourself becoming more resilient and adaptable.

4. Richer Interactions: When you travel with others, your interactions are often limited to your travel companions. Travelling alone, you become more approachable. Locals and fellow travellers are more likely to strike up a conversation, leading to richer cultural exchanges and unexpected friendships. (I actually, among my closest friends are people I met while travelling alone)

5. Increased Mindfulness: Travelling solo, you become more attuned to your surroundings. Every sight, sound, and scent is amplified. Whether it’s the rustling of leaves, the distant hum of a market, or the intricate patterns of architecture, you’ll find yourself observing and appreciating nuances that might be missed in company.

6. Empowerment: There’s an undeniable sense of achievement in successfully planning and executing a solo trip. From booking accommodations to making on-the-spot decisions, every aspect of the journey reinforces your sense of independence. You gain a new-found confidence in your abilities.

7. Flexibility: Without a fixed itinerary or the preferences of travel companions to consider, you can be truly flexible. If a place resonates with you, stay longer. If another doesn’t, move on. This flexibility allows you to truly immerse yourself in places and experiences that captivate you.

8. Personal Growth: Each solo trip pushes you out of your comfort zone, challenging your perceptions and biases. You return with a broader perspective, having learned not just about different cultures, but also about your own strengths and weaknesses.

If we choose to see it as such, travelling alone is a celebration of one’s own company. It’s an invitation to connect deeply with the world and oneself. While the idea might seem daunting to some, the rewards of solo travel are profound. It’s a transformative experience, one that leaves you with cherished memories and invaluable life lessons. So, the next time you think of taking a trip, consider going it alone. It might just be the journey you’ve been waiting for.

~ Bella

Ms Bella St John – aka Luxurious Nomad

the life of a digital nomad

The life of a Digital Nomad

the life of a digital nomad

The life of a digital nomad – a modern embodiment of the age-old wanderer, but with a dash of Wi-Fi and a sprinkle of global connectivity.

In this digital age, the life of a digital nomad is not one that treads the Silk Road but rather the silky strands of the internet. Their journeys, while not through deserts, are no less adventurous as they traverse time zones and cultures, all the while keeping their work (and Instagram stories) up to date.

Imagine the joy of waking up to the chirping of tropical birds one day and the next, to the soft hum of a European café. One’s office could be the sun-kissed beaches of Bali or a cosy nook in Prague. Every horizon offers a new perspective, not just in scenery but in the very way one approaches life and work.

The daily grind? It’s no longer 9-to-5 but whenever inspiration strikes. And let’s not forget the delightful potpourri of cuisines, from spicy Thai curries to rich Italian pastas, all within arm’s reach.

But, just like anything else in life, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Reliable Wi-Fi is the digital nomad’s lifeline, and the search for it can sometimes rival Indiana Jones’ quest for the Holy Grail. And then there’s the art of packing; a challenge to fit one’s life into a suitcase, deciding which beloved item stays and which goes (or in my case, everything goes – and I just buy more suitcases!)

Yet, these are but small prices to pay for the boundless freedom, both physical and metaphorical, that being a digital nomad affords.

In this ever-connected world, successful digital nomads have found the perfect balance between work and wanderlust.

~ Bella

Ms Bella St John – aka Luxurious Nomad

Rudston Mololith – Circa 2000 BC

I checked something else of my bucket list!  The incredible Rudston Monolith.

The Rudston Monolith is situated in the churchyard of the village of Rudston in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The Rudston Monolith is the tallest megalith (standing stone) in the United Kingdom, standing at over 25 feet (7.6 meters) in height.  This impressive prehistoric standing stone is nearly 8 meters tall, almost 2 meters wide, and around a meter thick – and investigation has shown that it extends a long way underground as well. The stone’s estimated weight is about 40 tonnes.

It was erected around 2000BC, and was brought to the site from Whitby – over an hour’s drive even today!

I will write more about the monolith later, but at least wanted to get this post up.

Oh, and the rusty gates?  I just saw them along the way and thought they were beautiful…

~ Bella

Bell Hotel in Driffield

For many reasons, my evening at the Bell Hotel in Driffield was one I will remember for a very long time.  If I could, I would have stayed and probably never left…


This beautiful coaching inn feels like one is stepping into another time and place – a time when things make sense, when the world seems somehow lovelier and sweeter…


~ Bella

(Scotland) Peterhead to Rosslyn Chapel to Rudstone (England)

Leaving lovely Peterhead, I drove south to my next stopover – the lovely old coaching inn, the Sun Inn in Dalkeith.

The following morning, the plan was to go to Rosslyn Chapel.  I have been before, but wanted to spend some more time there… well, that was the plan…

Unfortunately, this was all I was able to see as, since covid, they have drastically reduced the number of people who can be in the chapel and there was a two and a half hour wait to get entrance…….  Oh well…

Then headed south to England…

~ Bella