enjoying quality time alone is not weird, wrong, or unnatural, no matter how many strange looks you get from friends & envious co-workers
the call of the wild
QUIT WAITING for someone to do things with. Stop thinking that your mate will one day suggest an outdoorsy road trip. The time is now for you to start living the life you want, outdoors, in California - today!
If you've just about had it with the pressures of everyday life & the busy pace of society is starting to get to you, get a clue - before you loose your marbles. It's time for much needed rest & relaxation.
A change in scenery. A fresh perspective. A real break from the norm. No shopping, no phones, no television, no computers, nobody around. No one, except you.
Unplug yourself from the hectic rat race & go exploring. Give yourself time unwind, time to think, time to enjoy the outdoors & really find that special place of peace that comes only from earth. Yes, all by yourself.
Call it an annual primal ritual, or a first time experiment, traveling solo can be a blessing in disguise. Learning to be alone outdoors, become more aware of the physical world & enjoying yourself is an important key to a balanced life.
Whether you seek a quick refresher course for the weekend or a full blown month long road trip, seeking a new comfortable destination and the art of basic relaxing is the main focus for this trip.
When you travel alone, it's easy to take your own sweet time. Going slow is something we don't usually do in our busy city lives. Time is so precious, so you may as well stretch that vacation out as long as possible. Savor the moments.
Take as long as you like for - photography, picnicking, hiking & more. Driving back roads at 20 mph is luxurious. No one to be your back seat driver. Sleep in every day if you want. No pressures, nobody elses schedule, no worries.
Follow the back roads to seclusion, or reserve several days at a unique campground. Imagine night after night of peaceful rest, with the sounds of nature surrounding you & the stars of the heavens dancing across the darkest skies.
Explore new terrain every night & move camps often. Or make it a stay put week long meditation, in one spot. Whatever fits your needs. Either way, you'll enjoy the solitude & the healing powers of nature. Answering to no one but yourself, you may feel guilty or kinda selfish the first few days, but this will fade as you learn to embrace the solo journey.
And it doesn't hafta be all about roughin it either. While backpacking into the almighty wilderness has is pros, a simple weekend trip to a nearby Bed & Breakfast could work too. Choose something different & unique, yet know your own limitations (on comfort & on a physical level).
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Good Maps are a must have! The readily available National Forest maps are your best saviors for getting & staying away from the touristy crowds. Visit our Destinations page to decide what kinda place you wanna explore this season.
California has it all, A to Z! That's why the population always seems to be increasing, right? Helping you get away from your normal routine & the touristy crowds is what we do best here at Total Escape. Discover the thousands of pages, photos & links on this site to create your very own unique retreat.
Xterra Ken quotes: "Camping alone works. My wife & kids tell me that it makes me a better family-man. They say it is a VERY visible demeanor shift from when I leave, to when I return. So they usually say, "Please, just go!."
SAFETY TIPS: Give your schedule to someone! Any bit of info is helpful. A map or written itinerary given to a neighbor or close friend will help ensure your safety & timely return.
Bring your cell phone, maps & emergency supplies for added security.