Under 72 hours now until departure! In keeping with the theme of the photo, I’ve gotten a lot of fun reactions every time someone finds out I’m about to spend three months backpacking solo around South America. Obviously, going it alone has its advantages and disadvantages but I’m looking forward to it. I would expect that being alone, I’ll get a better appreciation for mysurroundings and the art of traveling. In a group, you have a tendency to stick to the group mentality and never really open yourself up to the world outside the group. I’m also hoping that by leaving myself with no other choice, I can improve my ability to meet people, engage in conversations and just generally be social – a skill set that never goes out of favor.