Upon returning to Pousada Picinguaba, my husband and I went our separate ways. He wanted to spend the rest of the afternoon slumbering in our suite’s hammock, while I wanted to further explore the grounds.
In my previous post, I discussed living a life of excitement and that my greatest passion is travel. Over the past decade, I have traveled solo, with my family, with my friends, and with my ex-lovers. As I became more comfortable with traveling, I preferred traveling solo. I know it is not for everyone, however I do believe that everyone should at least try it once in their lives — nothing will teach you more about who you truly are as a person than exploring a foreign land on your own.
My husband and I had traveled together before, but not for more than a couple of days at a time, and never outside of the Americas. This was due to our unique long-distance relationship. Just to see each other we had to travel 10,000 miles, thus to then take off on another journey was not what we desired at the time. We chose to explore each others respective cities instead; his being Buenos Aires and mine being New York City. This gave us a feeling, albeit temporarily, of having a somewhat “normal relationship.”
Half a year before we got married, I decided that I needed one last solo trip as a single woman. I wanted it be a place where I could be alone in my thoughts and where I could celebrate the old and new chapters in my book of life. Thus, I chose Easter Island. Could there be a more perfect destination for this transformational trip?
That trip will forever remain a special memory for me, however what I did not know then that I know now, is that not only when I said “I do” was I gaining a husband, I was also gaining a lifelong travel partner as well. I am certain that I will take more solo trips in the future, but they are not necessary for me like they were before. Now, I prefer to travel with my husband; to share these deep, meaningful experiences and, of course, the excitement of these beautiful adventures with him.
I love knowing that for the rest of my life I have someone to watch pink sunsets with.
Who do you prefer to travel with or do you travel solo?
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Gosh I hope to find my travel partner for life!
You totally will one day!!!
That pink sunset is amazing!
Wasn’t it gorgeous?
Your sunset pictures are gorgeous!
Yep, I prefer to travel with my husband as well! It’s less expensive than traveling with a friend (sharing a bed – and food!) and they’re always there to help you find new things to enjoy, or with directions home. I’m glad that you have good opinions/memories of solo travel… I’ve got some of that coming up in the future and it makes me a bit nervous!
Thank you so much! Traveling with hubbies is fabulous!!! Traveling solo is nerve-wracking, but I swear it will change your life in so many beautiful ways!
Great pictures, Andi! I have to admit that I am a terrible solo traveler and feel blessed every single day to have found my perfect travel ( & life) partner 🙂
Thanks dear! You are SO blessed!!!!! Your life/travel partner is AMAZING! 🙂
I need to take my wife there!
Yes you do!
So pretty. Though doing nothing in a hammock sounds pretty good too!
I prefer to travel with my GF, although there is something quite liberating about going solo.
That twinge of nervous anticipation as you step into a totally new world is much more acute when its just you and your bags!
btw – what camera / lens do you use?
You described solo travel SO succinctly, I love it! Honestly I can’t remember which lens I used for these pics. I have a Canon 30D.
A few of my photographer friends have Canon’s. Am off to Morocco at the end of April so am discarding my old camera and getting into the world of SLRs.
Any good pointers for a beginner model? (I am fine with second hand!)
If you’re going to go all out get the Canon 60D — it has an HD video option!!! You definitely need an SLR in Morocco baby!
Yeah it’s a toss up between the 60D and the 550D! Both look amazing though I’m sure they will do Marrakesh justice…
Let me know which one you end up buying! Can’t go wrong…
Couldn’t agree more. I think it’s just as important to talk about travel when planning a future as it is kids or money. I couldn’t imagine not having a partner who didn’t like to move around or try new things. I’ve been really fortunate that Kike has been abroad less for work, so it’s made him want to travel more – even if just to a secluded beach around here!
We talked about traveling a lot over our 6 year courtship, but we never got to really test our travel compatibility! Good thing we were perfect for each other!!! Agree that it’s as important as kids and money.
We have similar thoughts on traveling solo or as a couple. Before getting married, I used to do a lot of solo trips and I felt totally at ease. Better to go alone than to wait for others to go with you. Since I got married, I have enjoyed a lot of trips with my husband. We don’t have any couple’s drama when we are in a foreign country. Now,it is difficult to imagine a trip without my husband. Like you said, I would probably travel alone at some point but it would not be the same anymore.
By the way, did you visited Parati? I am running a couple of stories in my blog about the town. we visited the area almost at the same time last year.
We are EXACTLY on the same page, love it! We did visit Parati. Next week I will blog about it. GORGEOUS city!!! Can you send me your links? XO
Here they are:
And this is one I posted some time ago:
I will be blogin more about the area in the next few weeks.
Wahoooo can’t wait to read them!
Huge thumbs up for this post!
Glad you enjoyed it!
Nothing beats traveling with the one you love!
Couldn’t agree more darling!
You are the blogging queen!
Haha thanks Jesse!
Beautiful photos!! John’s my perfect travel partner – I’ve done most of my overseas travel with him at this point (I used to go with my parents) and I can’t even imagine travelling solo. I still think it would be great fun to go with another couple or a trusted girlfriend though – travel is such a bonding experience.
You guys are my heroes in terms of a traveling couple!!! Nothing bonds deeper than travel, except probably illness and kids.
What a gorgeous hotel!
Yes yes yes!!!
My gosh that place looks like heaven!
Picinguaba = heaven on earth!
I like traveling with a companion because some of the experiences I have are ones where you just turn to the other person and say “can you believe THAT just happened?!” and if I were to do it myself, who would I turn to? 😛
I am definitely starting to feel that way the more I travel with Lucas! And we love reminiscing about the special travel moments we shared months later!!!
I prefer traveling with my husband. Always. How could I leave him behind? I once went on a trip without him. When I came back 2 weeks later he had lost 6 pounds 😉
Awwwwww that’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard! You MUST travel with him always from now on!!!!!
I can’t get over how gorgeous these picture are! And I love to travel both ways! I like time by myself to explore, but I also love to share special moments like that with my fiancé.
Thank you so much!!! I’m at the airport right now headed on a trip without my husband. It just feels wrong. 🙁
Love the pictures!!! Every single one!!! I loved traveling alone but staying w someone. I spent the days alone and nights w friends. I went to Colombia alone all the time and stayed alone at my parent’s apt when they werent there. but I had friends to go out at nights. I almost went to Europe and bsas alone but something else always came up. Like getting LASIK instead of going to Paris alone! Same trip when we met in bogota!! Andre loves to travel as much as I do. I don’t mind splitting up for a day if we want to do something different. I love having someone to complain when something comes out the wrong way. And to sleep on our shoulders at the airports when we miss a flight. It is hard to consult “where to travel” instead of just buying a plane ticket on impulse. However I feel lucky to travel with a laid back person. You and Lucas will make many trips together!!! And if u want a girls trip just let me know!!! Xoxo
I love this comment Cata — I agree with everything you said. You’re such an amazing woman! And of course I want a ladies trip!!! Viva Colombia! 😉
What a life you have!
Thank you sweetie!!!
Aww, I love traveling with my husband too 🙂 With his schedule, he can’t travel with me much right now, and I do think about how I could just go alone, but the truth is that much as I have the travel bug, I’d rather wait in order to be able to share the trip with him.
I couldn’t agree with you more gorgeous! We’re SO on the same page. <3
There is something about traveling alone that makes me a whole new brave person (and I’m generally not very brave) – and I love that feeling. But I like traveling with IC even more.
IC isn’t so much into travel as I am. He has no real desire to go south america or asia (WHY NOT I say)- but he’d worry too much about me if I went alone, so I guess he’ll have to come with 🙂
Isn’t an AMAZING feeling??? What a high I get from it. And it makes me SO proud of myself. Your hubby TOTALLY needs to come with you. I think once he gets there he’ll catch the travel bug.
Beautiful photos! Isn’t it amazing what you can capture when you just take the time to explore? I love traveling with different groups… Mark, my family, my girlfriends. Traveling solo for a long period of time is just not something I have mastered yet though. I think my introvert instincts would take over and I would forgot to talk to another human the entire time!
Now that I’ve gotten into photography I’m all about taking strolls alone so that I can truly take in my surroundings. It’s amazing the details you can miss if you don’t take your time!!! Mark seems like an AWESOME travel partner.
Wow, that picture of the back-lit orchids is one of the most stunning floral photos I have ever seen. Absolutely love it. Ah, this makes me long for the full onslaught of Spring!
OMG what an amazing compliment thank you dearly!!!!!! XO
I gotta try to travel solo!
Yes you do!!!
Haha, I’m not surprised that you opted to explore while the Argie went for siesta time! Classic Andi-Lucas dynamic…he chills and you’re all energy all the time. That’s why you guys are so good for each other!
Girl you described us to a T!!!!!! And yes we’re complete opposites, but perfect at the same time!
I love to travel solo!
It’s an amazing experience!
oOo Easter Island. Always wanted to visit. I think I’m good solo for short term travel. I enjoy exploring on my own, but now 3 months into our long-term travel, I appreciate having someone to share every moment. I think I’d be quite lonely otherwise. We’ve talked about taking day trips apart, and I like the idea but truth is, I enjoy the adventures as a couple. Can’t just be anyone though. Lucky for me, we share the same likes and dislikes, food and traveling ways. 🙂
You are VERY lucky to have found the perfect travel partner, but I think day trips apart might be fun? Think about all of the interesting stories you would have to tell each other at the end of the day? GO TO EASTER ISLAND!!! It will change your life.
These pics belong in a magazine!
What a sweet thing to say Will!
Now I want to travel to Brasil!
And you should!!!!!
These photographs are beautiful! The experience of travel does depend on who is accompanying you, but at the end, if you make it incredible it will be incredible! 🙂
THANK YOU!!!!!!! And I agree 100%!
Oh my goodness! An amazing post!!!
Thanks sooo much Isa!
Beautiful photos, as always!
Thanks my darling girl!
Wow!! I love your shots but these ones are superb! Taking pictures is the best way to remember about your travel and to make other people dream! Thanks
Thank you so much, you made my heart smile with this comment!
Wow!! This place is amazing!! I will show the photos to my husband tonight !!
Awww that’s so sweet of you!
Wow, amazing pink sunset!
My very first trip alone was in 2007. I went to Europe for two weeks and loved it! It really changed me and knowing that I can do things on my own.
But now, I like going on trips with friends and my bf.
We’re the exact same! Wasn’t that pink sunset gorgeous? It was purple in the end!!!
The best of the best!
You write the best posts!
I’m so so soooo glad you enjoy them!
I like traveling with my hubby because we both appreciate many of the same things and it is fun to do them together. But I also like my alone trips because I am an introvert and I can do things that 100% please me, even if it means sitting in a cafe for hours and hours just people watching!
Just like our names, we travel the same! 🙂
This is an awesome post!
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
You are so amazing Andi!
Awww thanks Angela!!!
You confined me to travel alone!
Love your pics!
This website is absolutely amazing!
Thanks for dropping by Luxury Haven! Nice blog you’ve got here & what a joyous event! Love these beautiful shots 🙂 Would love to have u follow me & looking fwd to see more of your comments! Have a wonderful weekend & a blissful marriage!
You’re welcome and thanks for your kind words! 🙂
Wow, looks and sounds like an amazing honeymoon!
It truly was! 🙂
these are lovely photos, Andi! Bella, bella! loving the nature shots!
Thank you so much Jen, you’re such a sweetheart!
Andi stunning photos as always -and love that you had you last trip as a single woman to Easter Island – what a destination!
Thanks darling girl, I think I chose wisely if I do say so myself. 😉