Travelling Solo

Based on Traveling Through Grief  by Claire Bidwell Smith, unpublished.

“No matter your emotional state, traveling always provides an insightful vantage point into your life, but when you’re grieving, that vantage point often widens into something much more. Grief is an isolating experience. It’s lonely and quiet and it’s easy to sink into. Reminding yourself that there is a whole world out there still turning on its axis can be vital…A couple of months after my father died when I was twenty-five, I found myself on a tiny island in the Philippines, traveling alone in a place more foreign than any I’d ever been. By myself in a quiet mangrove forest one afternoon I actually felt less alone than I ever had, simply because, standing there with my toes sinking into the mud, I knew that I was irrevocably connected to the world.”