Solo Travel 101

Sometimes a girl has to get away. Take a little time to regroup, center herself, and get a tan. There’s nothing like a last-minute trip to a sunny destination to cure the winter blues. It’s been three years since I’ve taken a vacation – a full on, no work, no schedule, no obligation – vacation. Complete with sun, surf, sand, and tropical drinks.

Shockingly enough, I went alone.

Not that I wouldn’t mind a companion or partner in crime. Actually, I tried my very hardest to grab a buddy last minute, but often times last minute vacations (planned spontaneously and without much thought) don’t really work into other people’s schedules. So I went alone.

Traveling alone is rewarding for so many reasons, you can sleep when you want, eat when you want, do what you want, the itinerary is set by you. So when you need to recharge, this might not be such a bad idea. There are some things to watch and be safe with. After all, you are a fabulous [hot, smart, sexy, wonderful, fill in the adjective(s)] Thirsty Girl.

Here are my tips of traveling alone:

  • Own it! Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner adventurer. Just with everything in life, walk tall, smile, and be yourself, embracing the act of traveling alone and enjoying your own company is half the battle.
  • Be SAFE! Safety comes with numbers and since you’re alone, be extra careful. That doesn’t mean that around every corner someone’s coming to get you but always try to blend in (no tourist t-shirts!), carry ID, and be aware of your surroundings. It also doesn’t hurt to lie a little when someone asks, “Are you alone?” Simply respond, “I’m meeting a friend, thank you” and be on your way.
  • Just because you’re alone doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy meals. Choose bistros, outdoor seating, and bars, which usually accommodate solo diners more than fancy romantic restaurants. Talk up the bartender, bring a book, or just enjoy people watching. Dining alone isn’t scary!
  • Keep in touch with people at home, always let someone know where you are, what you’re up to, and where you’re staying.
  • Dress conservatively. Try not to drawl attention to yourself with a plunging neckline, short skirt, or over the top outfit. That’s not to say you can’t look nice, but modesty goes a long way when you’re alone.
  • When you see a family, stick close. Choosing a seat on a bus, sitting on the beach? There’s protection in family, even if it’s not your own.
  • Let yourself be on vacation. Relax. Take some “me” time to read a trashy novel, drink a fruity tropical drink out of a coconut shell, sleep in, stay on the beach until dusk, you name it, do it. After all, you might not get another chance to for a while.

On my plane ride down I happen to be sitting next to an Amish couple, who impressively, packed a full supper for the flight … no joke, roast chicken, carrots, mashed potatoes, you name it.

I admit, on first glance, this was (a little) odd. After pulling out that spread, my glass(es) of cheap airplane wine didn’t receive the same enthused glances I was giving them …

As we were landing, the woman looks at me and says with complete sincerity, “I am so grateful to get to do this.” I smiled back at her and said, “I know, so lucky.” And I couldn’t have agreed more.

4 Responses to “Solo Travel 101”

  1. Avatar of Wineonmymind Wineonmymind says:

    Inspirational! thanks for a great post.

  2. I am so there. I wish I were like those people who carefully plan their vacations like clockwork. may have to try the solo route…thanks for the idea and tips!

  3. Avatar of redall redall says:

    I would absolutely give this a try…I’ve always wanted to go to Napa and Nashville – and my husband has zero interest in either place – I may have to make one of those a solo trip!

  4. I’m taking a trip to Napa alone in April. That will be my second trip alone there. It’s fine with me. :)

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