It would seem that there are Some Men who cannot wrap their minds around “a beautiful woman” traveling by herself. As if only unattractive women are allowed to roam about unescorted. I had several conversations that all went something like:
HIM: So you’re traveling by yourself?
HIM: But why? (Imagine this being said with a whine.)
ME: Because I want to and I can.
The Bewildered Man would then toddle off, which was better than the worse case scenario of being abducted, tortured, and murdered. I then returned to reading my book about women being abducted, tortured, and murdered.
I was tempted to change up my answer and say, “Alone? Pshaw, my good Sir! I’m traveling with my imaginary friends.” But for Some Men, crazy is a turn on not a deterrent. I guess the real crazy is that this trip was intentionally for me and I did not need to be rescued from the pleasure of my own company.
Side note: the One Woman who asked me if I was traveling alone responded with a smile, admiration, and a nod of approval.