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I’m a firm believer that everyone should travel alone at least once in life. The benefits are so extensive (read all about them here), and at times so life changing, that it should really be at the top of everyone’s bucket-list. Yes, it can be THAT powerful!

However, I can certainly understand the trepidation felt by many who have not yet discovered this most incredible way to experience the world. The questions are many: will I get lonely? Will I be safe? Will I get bored? I may smile to myself and think ‘oh if only you knew!’, but that’s easy for me to do. I travelled alone for years, all those fears are now long past me. But I vividly remember what it was like to get out of the airport, in a foreign city, all on my own for the very first time. If I remember correctly, I was a nervous wreck, sucked a whole Ventolin in a jiffy and thought I wouldn’t last five minutes. Twenty years later and the memory of that first week-end away still warms the cockles of my heart.

Lone ranger, the world is your oyster! Here are the best ways to shuck it out of its shell.

Travel Alone: Top Tips for a Safe and Fun Adventure

Travelling alone may seem daunting to the uninitiated, yet ask anyone who has actually tried it, and they’ll likely sing lyrical about the whole experience. Solo travel can be an amazing opportunity for self-growth, as attested by all those (like me) who tried it once, got hopelessly addicted and continued to indulge for many years. Unlike what many believe, it is not a punishment or statement of failure!

Travelling alone is a gift, an indulgence...and about the best present you can give yourself.

And here’s why:

Travel alone: gift yourself this amazing experience

Mar 18th 2014, 11:19 by Laura Pattara

Spend a week-end away with a few friends and you’ll soon discover just how irritable, short tempered and impatient you are. Well I’m here to tell you that, in fact, it’s not you...it’s them! Being stuck in a foreign city with exasperating travel-personalities is enough to make even the most zen-infused guru seethe with frustration. While there are literally hundreds of things you could do or say to drive your travel companions up the wall with madness, there are a few defining ways to really ensure you crush life-long friendships and make enemies wherever you lay your hat. Is you ambition to get indicted into the Travel Companion Hall of Shame? Then by all means, follow these genial hints and success will be guaranteed!

How to LOSE friends and NOT impress people when travelling!

Mar 10th 2014, 13:23 by Laura Pattara

In retrospect, it’s fair to say that someone so accident-prone should have never been allowed to dine in the dark. Quite frankly, considering I tend to spill vino on myself and fellow diners when I am allowed to keep all my senses working...what did I think would happen when I dined with my eyes wide shut? Ooohh!! And add an irrational fear of the dark to the equation and you can just imagine the kind of delightful dining experience I had at Dans Le Noir.

What I LOVE, however, is anything remotely experimental, weird and incredibly nonsensical; which is how some people have described this dining experience. Once I read those reviews I just knew I had to try it. My adventurous spirit will override all other senses each and every time!

Dining in the dark..

Mar 4th 2014, 14:00 by Laura Pattara