There are many benefits to traveling solo especially when you are loving your hotel. Lol Nothing like working in your pajamas, starting the day with a cup of Starbucks coffee all while relaxing in your hotel room. I grew to love traveling and exploring cities that I’ve never gone to. Traveling is one of my most favorite things to do. In fact, my favorite way to travel is not having to take photos or seeing famous monuments but rather, getting to experience the city that I’m in, eating at great restaurants, shopping, exploring and meeting new people.
I remember my very first trip traveling alone I was soooo nervous. In fact, I had no clue that I was traveling alone until I boarded my flight and was notified by the company that no one would be joining me for the trip. I traveled to Norfolk, Virginia for a meet and greet event and stayed at the Sheraton Hotel in the Waterside district. This hotel was so nice, I had a perfect view of the river, my hotel was conveniently located backing up to the river and in the midst of great restaurants. The icing on the cake was that it was only blocks away from the mall.
Although, I was super nervous about traveling alone, I decided that the city was just too beautiful to allow fear to keep me from experiencing it. I decided to get dressed, get out and explore. In doing so, I found myself at such peace, not afraid and I walked to the mall and back and forth along the waterside restaurant row. I ate at a restaurant alone, (which was a first for me) and I even got to experience live performances during the Pride Parade that the city was hosting. I literally danced alone to the music and had the time of my life. Surprisingly, I never felt more free and amazed at my own bravery to walk around a city that was foreign to me, experience the food, the culture and depend on myself for navigating and getting over the sense of dependability. As you can see above… I even set up my tripod outside of my hotel and shot these pics of myself. Believe it or not… the backdrop of the river and was truly this beautiful!
Being married for 18 years at the time and having 3 kids, it’s very rare that I get alone time and surely no opportunity to travel alone. Doing this for the first time was literally life changing, therapeutic, relaxing and it peeled back layers of my intuition that laid dormant for so long. I got to discover another layer of myself that I’d long forgotten about.
My first experience ‘traveling alone’ was a trip to Norfolk, Virginia for a work which required me to catch an Uber to get to a few places for my event which was at least 2o minutes away from my hotel. During the event, I met so many new people and got great recommendations for places to go and visit.
It truly was an amazing trip and turned out to be my all time favorite travel experience. Not because it was the most amazing destination of all the places that I’ve gone, but because I pressed passed my fears and comfort zones and just enjoyed myself by myself for the first time in a very very long time.
Which brings me to my top 5 reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to travel solo:
- You develop a keen sense of awareness that you wouldn’t otherwise experience when you have others traveling with you.
- You get to decide on the when, where, how, how long, etc… Meaning you hold all the power and you don’t have to accommodate to anyone else. You call all the shots.
- You get quiet time to reflect, relax, think, pray, enjoy and experience without distractions, opinions, chatter, or concern for others.
- You never have to share a bathroom or closet which is AMAZING! Lol
- You get to experience, explore, discover & rely on only you and God. Back to independently experiencing your own thoughts, opinions, feelings, emotions, senses, tastes, etc… without the interjections of others.
Comment below… Are you afraid to travel alone? Have you ever traveled alone? If so, where did you go? If not, would you travel alone? Also, what are some of your favorite things to do while traveling?