How to Travel Alone

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A friend once let me in on her secret to traveling abroad for periods by herself. “I think of traveling alone as an occasion to pamper. So I always make sure to book a time for just that anywhere I go” she counseled.

What a clever concept, I thought.

Even in a lively city, moving from sight to scene alone can oftentimes feel lonely. It’s a sad reality, but one I’ve taken to heart and now feel more prepared for. In the instances in which I visit a non-English speaking country, it becomes immediately exciting to take in the sound, the color, the kindness of strangers. But whenever I seek a more lasting comfort, I do something I call full body immersion.

I book a massage!

I’d like to think that when feeling lonely, caress is the most straightforward way to express affirmation and affection. It’s amazing how human touch affects the body after long days in a new place.

Another way to ease the muscles and mind is to run a hot bath in your hotel room. You can lie down with a book about the place where you are (I bound the cover of A Moveable Feast and brought that to Paris last summer so I could fully absorb Hemingway’s Europe without the embarrassment of feeling cliché!). And so there you are, exploring from the comfort of your tub.

Our trip to Fäviken

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Last winter, a band of my foodie friends recommended I check out Chef’s Table. I did and was immediately drawn to Fäviken, Magnus Nilsson’s restaurant. I dreamed about the quiet Swedish winters, tender game and briny vegetables, the mountains and the rivers.

My boyfriend and I were very lucky and managed to book a table (or rather, two seats at the communal table) for the first evening of the summer menu. And so, off we went to Åre, Sweden! Here are some pictures from our May trip, if you’d like to see…

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