Hell is Other People

The title of this post is a quote by Jean-Paul Sartre. I wasn’t aware of this quote until I read it in a post by EssexWanderer – a member of the TripAdvisor community.

And that is just one example of how other people can be good. Other people can create things that entertain you and teach you things you didn’t know.

But let’s face it, they can be real PITAs as well. Absolute nightmares. Really, really horrible to be around. I’m not talking about you, the current reader of this post, of course – I mean other other people. You know the ones I’m talking about.

Anyway, IRHS likes to travel alone and has noticed that while other solo travelers seem to relish the opportunity to meet new people on their journeys, he prefers to see places and things and generally be left alone. Does that make him weird? Not according to most of the self-selected participants in this online discussion … who are all presumably alone with their monitor as they type their replies (Mikel writes while sitting alone at his keyboard, tending to agree with IRHS’s approach to solo travel).

The great thing about being an anti-social introvert – no one is ever around to call you on it.

How about when you’re traveling with another person though. Do you ever feel like it might be nice to have just one day where you each go your separate ways and see what you want to see? Does anyone actually do that? How about when traveling with your spouse? Would love to see your answers in the comments section below.

And if you would rather not discuss that topic for fear that your spouse might one day see what your wrote, I’d be equally interested in seeing alternate endings to “Hell is…”.

Image: “Please leave me alone Benetton” by Damon Garrett. CC BY 2.0.


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