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The Adventure Of
Traveling Alone

Suzanne, 27, Negril, Jamaica –  “I was bored out of my mind with dating men who turned out to be jerks and girlfriends who lacked the energy and money to travel.  So, I decided to go away on my own to a place I had always wanted to go to and had never been to Negril, Jamaica.  I booked a room at the Azul Beach Resort.  I wanted to stay at an upscale hotel because I felt the security would be better. As I stood in line waiting to check in,   I noticed a man in another line staring at me, and I blushed like a schoolgirl.

He was very handsome and was dressed distinctly in a white suit.  I didn’t see him again until the next day when I was walking across the lobby to the restaurant. He stepped in front of me and asked if I was going on a tour that was about to leave the hotel.   I told him no and he explained that it was his first time in Jamaica, and he wanted to visit all the places he’d heard about.  We began talking and learned that we both were traveling alone. He suggested we tour the island together and I accepted.

At first, I was nervous about joining a stranger.  But then, I remembered that I had come in search of fun and adventure, and I decided to go for it.  After all, I knew how to take care of myself.  We hit Negril in all its splendor like two wide-eyed tourists and had a ball.  When we got back to the hotel that evening, we parted because he had a meeting with a client.  Later that night, he called me to join him for cocktails in the lobby bar, and we sat in the lobby talking until 6:00 a.m.

In the next six days, we toured the island hot spots and ate the hotel’s wonderful cuisine under the beautiful night sky.  On the day I left (he still had business in Negril) he went with me to the airport and presented me with a gold bracelet with the engraving, June 2019, Negril.  He told me he never wanted me to forget what we had shared that week.  But, I never heard from him again. (I wrote, but he never answered my letter.)  However, I’ll always treasure the experience of what we shared and my decision to travel alone.

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