Alone Time

Alone Time

Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude


'Full of heart.' Michael Harris, author of Solitude

Being alone isn't something to endure - it's something to relish.

The average adult spends about a third of his or her waking time alone.

Yet research suggests we aren't very good at using, never mind enjoying, alone time.

Rising to the challenge, travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the joys and benefits of being alone in four mouth-watering journeys to the cities of Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York, in four seasons.

This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time and lays bare the magic of going solo.


  • Stephanie Rosenbloom writes with irresistible curiousity and grace. I was drawn in from page one. Alone Time will make you love your solitude and it'll leave you raring for solitary travels. This book is deeply researched and full of heart.
    Michael Harris, author of The End of Absence and Solitude

About the author

Stephanie Rosenbloom

Stephanie Rosenbloom is the staff columnist for the Travel section of the New York Times, where she has been a reporter for various desks (including Styles, Business and Real Estate) for more than a decade.
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