This is our monthly project on #Solo #Travelers which are created from interviews and engagements that Travlyng authors have with active travelers. If you are interested to be interviewed for your travels, please reach out to us on Twitter.

Interaction is like an eternal elastic band, whose expansion is directly proportional to the stretch one assigns to it. If alliteration be the subsequent occurrence of similar sounds, like you may have already noticed in the first line, interaction is the reiteration of sounds, the intonations manifold.

Discovery, like we have earlier mentioned, is the leitmotif. However, in our second phase of communication with solo travellers, we removed the top layer to dig ourselves a burrow further down, to unearth the discovery itself. By that token we would shed light on the desire to attain a cultural commonality that travellers live by. It is a grand gesture, true, but it has its baggage (?) in the forms of displacement, hybridity, and even, dissociation. We live by a typical problem, the problem of an urge to dismiss words that start with the prefix ‘dis’. But is dissection possible without disembodiment? Ian, for example or the “Barefoot Backpacker” is the deviant traveller who would rather (inadvertently) expose himself at gun point in a tricky place like Hebron, Palestine, where many would fear to tread, than “lazing on a beach for two weeks.” Yes, he has learnt to not reply back to a uniformed individual, but learnt it the hard way. He claims that he has never been in trouble because “trouble” to him has different implications. To him being robbed or stranded while travelling is as commonplace as sighting a Roo in Australia. This is the kind of dissociation that has lead him to accept Transnistria as an independent nation while the world and its administrative parlance would declare it as an

autonomous territorial unit with special legal status

Caleb, an academician for whom education had been the connecting dot between knowledge and exploration, says,

I have been in many situations where I had to tell myself, Okay, I`ve lived well, I`ve tried to live fully, and if this situation kills me then I`ll just have to accept that

Post her trip to Ghana at the tender age of 17, which was a part of a charitable mission, Jess felt a need to venture out, to

see more of the world, (and) more of what makes us all different yet deep down, all the same

Despite being mugged in Brazil she will go back to the country in a heartbeat because according to her there is more “good” in this world than “bad”. Jess is not the only traveller we have interviewed who has talked about similitude. When asked about what he feels about the influence of the Anglophonic culture on other nations, especially Commonwealth, Caleb suggested

cultures, languages, and ethnic groups have been mixing, interacting, and adapting to each other for millennia, and that`s how cultures and languages evolve

and become the “prism of culture” than an “oppression” of it. Take for example, Mickael, who is adept in English and on his way toward learning Russian, though he was born and bred in France. To him “language barrier” is a concept that rests within us.

If you decide to talk, to make sure someone will understand you even with the body language you will break this barrier for sure!

For many travellers, travel and living exist on the same wavelength. Both Mickael and Caleb embody the beautiful relationship between the journey and the vocation. Barbara is also a self-proclaimed Digital Nomad. Her story is that of the intermingling of the passion for exploration and a profession sprouting out of it. She pens down her experiences in her blogs and books.

Though she has removed herself from the country she was born into, there is no reason to think that she is one without a community. She has created a community, with her at the helm of it, by the token of her travel tales. This is what we call the paradoxical association that comes with dissociation. It is actually a gift that helps us become the global citizen. When asked about her initial hesitation, which turned out, well, to be non-existent, Barbara’s answer was straight and matter-of-fact.

I just wanted to leave and explore the world. To be honest, I didn`t think a lot about travelling with somebody. I asked one friend she had no time so it was clear for me to do it on my own.

She has beautifully expressed how to deal with fears. According to her, we should rather ‘dance’ with them! Chels, or Vacation Valley, was not as confident as Barbara initially. She warmed up to solo travelling gradually. But the end result was the same. She became a part of a global community.

Acceptance and resonance are the twin sisters of community. Without a community, quirky but absolutely feasible stratagems like wearing a fake wedding ring and carrying an emergency whistle, while on the road would not exist. Here’s another one:

If you’re worried about looking like a “target” or just plain old tourist, don’t pull out a map on the street. Walk with confidence so you look like a local.

These are the Road-tips which Vacation Valley shared with us. A Master’s in Literature, she is building a writing career around her experiences as a traveller.

We nurture a romantic notion about travellers. We are deluded into thinking that they are on some sort of extended holiday. But, in reality travelling is not all fun and games. It is a discipline honed through practical application, come hail come storm. The Instagram-friendly envy inducing results are the product of a lifetime devoted to pushing boundaries.

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