From Worry To Glory
At the pre-departure area of Iloilo Airport

I waited for my flight at the coffee shop. I am traveling alone. I still have 30 minutes before boarding time so I decided to taste the brew of the day, hazelnut gourmet coffee at JD Coffeeshop, .

The airport’s pre-departure area was already full of passengers. Every now and then a voice rang out through the public speakers announcing updates on incoming and outgoing flights. The wide-screen TV sets placed at the waiting area kept the people entertained as they waited for their boarding time.

Laughter and excitement were so clear on those who were travelling in groups. It seemed that they never ran out of stories and laughter.

I just contented myself in finding the “coziest” nook at the coffee shop and observed the people around. I thought of finding an acquaintance as I scanned my periphery but then deep inside, I felt relieved to be alone, at least for the time being and in the next one hour of my trip.

As I sat alone drinking coffee, I felt that the isolation is giving me a feeling of peace. I felt detached from my work and I felt so relaxed. While I can’t help thinking of my family, that I am on a trip and everyone knows where I am going, I realized that I am not obligated to contact anybody within the hours of my traveling time. Definitely, I am alone with my time.

The advantage of being solo is you can decide where to go, anytime, and you do not look over your shoulder to check whether you left somebody or a backpack or luggage because you are only looking out for yourself.

Perhaps the most unforgettable moment in traveling alone is getting lost. Maybe, this is the main reason most wanted to travel with a companion or a group.

You could recall too, that it was when you got lost that you learned a lot and you develop confidence. If you got lost on your way, don’t be a loser by sulking and feeling desperate. Try to find your way by asking directions from the locals or the people you meet.

From Worry To Glory
When you're alone, digital gadgets like laptop, iPad, iPhone, netbook, etc. enables you to browse the Internet and interact with friends and family through Facebook and other social media sites.

The best lessons in humility (or self-humiliation) could be learned in traveling alone. In this microchip and digital age, common public devices such as faucets, dispensers, doors, and switches could become a technological mystery to a neophyte traveler. What could be funny is when someone would pretend to know because he or she feels embarrassed to ask questions.

Before making a mess out of your ignorance and end up humiliating yourself, better be humble enough to accept your inadequacy and ask help from staff who for sure knows how to use the gadget.

Always remember that even if you are on a trip alone, you are still a social being. Now is your chance to make new friends. When you are touring with your group or family, you are limited to interact within your circle of friends or family.

Be amiable and have that happy disposition by wearing a smile and most of all, be polite to everyone.

Finally, the call to board came and as I lined up the passenger tube to enter the plane, I was wondering who will be my seatmates.

Well, it was just a matter of bowing slightly my head, saying a greeting and giving my friendliest smile before I get to know and learn that my seatmates were heading to a summer getaway.

I shared that I’m a blogger and I’m into online writing.

They are escaping the sweltering summer heat so they are going to spend a week in a mountain resort, with fully furnished cottages, swimming pool, and golf course. To get there, they plan to have a long drive up north on a rented Dodge truck.

As I left the plane, I wished my seatmates the best of times.

I got their email addresses. I told them that I will be inviting them to the lofty place so that they are motivated and can find inspiration while cooling off at their cottage.