Whenever I speak to people who have been married for a few years one of the things they always seem to mention when reminiscing about their singlehood is “I can’t just drop everything and go, take a weekend trip to Italy on a whim or just drop everything and go.” So as a single person i have always taken it to andif you have the time and freedom you should too. We should sometimes just drop everything and go, fly to Paris for a weekend or take that 4 day cruise to Cabo.
If you haven’t tried it before it might feel a little scary but the beaches, museums, restaurants, tour buses, cooking classes and so much more are waiting for you. So how do you do it? Well, I can only tell you how I have done it. Start with the obvious, a place you’d like to go. My last solo trip was to Puerto Rico, I spent 4 nights there, gave myself time to just relax on the beach, had a day of tours, another for shopping and of course made sure to eat tons in between all the relaxing and sightseeing.
As I mentioned it can be scary. My first major solo trip was a 2 month backpacking trip through Spain when I was 25. I remember arriving at Madrid-Barajas airport, picking up my luggage and being reluctant to leave the airport. You see there were signs in English everywhere and I was immediately face to face with the fact that by my stepping outside it was as if I was at the point of no return. I sat at a snack bar, had an orange juice then screwed up my courage, hailed a cab and set off to have the most amazing life experience ever. I met people from all over the world, ate food I never heard of, went to a 3 day music festival (in the style of Woodstock) visited galleries and museums and walked through some interesting neighborhoods. I will forever be so glad and proud I finally walked out of that airport.
If you don’t feel up to doing the planning yourself and you want to travel solo in a group that is an option as well. Here are some tour companies that specialize in solo travel-
“If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and travel solo at least once — it’s one of the best ways to learn and challenge oneself. Of course, travelling by yourself doesn’t mean you have to be alone—unless that’s what you’re looking for. Sure, you might start a trip by yourself, but you’ll soon discover that G Adventures small-group trips allow you to experience your planet in a way you’d never manage on your own. Check out the benefits of travelling by yourself with G Adventures.”
“Our small group style of travel means you’ll stay under the radar, and travel, eat and sleep the local way. You’ll have the unsurpassed knowledge of a local leader, taking you out of the guidebooks and into a world you’re waiting to discover.”
Overseas Adventure Travel
“Freedom. Independent. Liberating. Alive. These are a just a few of the words solo travelers use to describe what it feels like to travel on their own. When you do, your adventure becomes your own: You don’t have to worry about accommodating another person’s schedule, interests, or needs. You can decide what you want to do when you want to do it. And traveling solo doesn’t just mean taking a trip on your own—perhaps you want to travel with your girlfriend, sister, or daughter. Whether you’re traveling independently for the first time, or you’re already a seasoned solo traveler, O.A.T. will take care of all of the details—making it affordable, easy, and more enjoyable for you to see the world on your own.”
Now that you are armed with new ideas, inspiration and information I would to hear about any solo travel you will now endeavor! Happy Solo Travels!