16 Jan '11, 6am

The allure of travelling alone includes never tiring of the company you are with

YOU know friends who do it and you think: "It doesn't sound so bad. I could traipse around a foreign land by myself, with my camera, guidebook and my shadow ... I guess. Someday. Um, maybe not." No, you're not alone in this affliction. Yes, there are ways of getting over the loneliness of travel. And yes, you can become one gung-ho solo explorer who'll be at ease wherever you are. Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust And Lipstick: The Essential Guide For Women Travelling Solo recommends being comfortable by yourself for an extended period before making the trip - from watching a movie and having a meal alone to starting light conversations with strangers. "Give yourself permission to be more independent. These simple things can be the first step in grand adventures," she said. Frequent solo travellers like finance analyst Edwin Tang agreed. "The idea may sound scary to some ...

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