For 2006, the original plan was to go to Peru to hike the ancient Inca trails to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, my friends informed me that they could not do a trip this year because of other financial commitments. I was at first slightly disappointed (not in them), but in the fact that I wasn't going on another international trip.
Then I asked myself, couldn't I just do a solo trip. I had read of many accounts from my favorite travel community (Slowtravel) of others who have done it and had a good time. I'm a capable person. Certainly I could do the same. Part of me was a little scared of doing this solo trip, but I could not bare the thought of not being able to travel internationally just because I can't find someone who was also in the right place to take the trip with me.
This is essentially how my Back to Europe Trip 2006 was born and why I gave it the theme of "Life is Full of New Beginnings.