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The Day I Decided To Travel Solo 

From reading various travel blogs, I noticed many bloggers travel alone to all these wonderful places. I felt jealous, I said “I wish I could do that!”, but then I thought “Why not?” So, this year I’ve decided to travel solo. I shouldn’t miss on opportunities just because nobody is willing to join me. 

Amsterdam has been on my bucket list for a long time now… I’ve traveled more than 150,000 air miles in the past two years and I still haven’t visited Amsterdam. Why? Nobody wants to come with me or they already visited. Ugh. Enough! So, as my first travel solo experience I decided to visit Amsterdam. 

Traveling solo requires a lot of preparation, especially as a female. My trip to Europe is only one month away, and even though I already booked all my plane tickets, hotel reservations and wrote down the things I want to see & do, I still have a LOT of things on my to-do list. 

Sometimes I travel with little to no preparation. When you travel like I do,  it’s hard to find the time to prepare every single detail of your trip. And, to be honest going with the flow it’s very exciting. For example: when I visited Toronto with my friend Jackie, we had no clue what we were going to do. The concierge suggested to go on a day tour to the Niagara Falls and it was amazing. Not only because we weren’t expecting to visit a natural wonder of the world, but because it was out of the blue. 

But this isn’t going to be the case for when I travel solo. Here’s a list of all the things I need to do for my trip to Europe this upcoming month: 

  • Do an extensive research of the cities I’m going to visit. This includes: read books, search travel guides online, watch documentaries etc.
  • Prepare a detailed schedule of the entire trip. This should include airline reservations, hotel’s address and phone numbers, check-in and check-out time, airport pick up information etc. 
  • Buy a whistle and travel-size pepper spray. For safety purposes, it’s important to have a whistle with you at all times and a pepper spray in your pocket or purse. 
  • Separate money and credit cards in three different wallets. What if something happens to my wallet? I’m screwed and alone with no money. That’s not a good combination haha 
  • Make copies of all my travel documentation. Print it, save one copy to my Dropbox and send it to my e-mail (just in case). 
  • Set up the “Find my Friends” app on the iPhone. That way, my friends and family know my exact location at all times. And at the end of the day, I need to check-in with them. Something like “Hey! I’m still alive, no need to panic. All good!” 

Traveling solo can get scary and lonely at times, but with the right preparation everything should be OK. While surfing the web, I read on a blog that once you travel alone and experience what it is to truly do everything on your own, it opens a whole other side of independence. I am excited. Just the idea of going on this adventure by myself gives me an adrenaline rush. 

– The Fabulous Script 

20 Comments

  1. Michelle says

    Fabulous blog y que hermosas experiencias! Por favor todos los detalles al regreso de travelling solo!

  2. I was so frustrated with my family when I decided to travel solo. I had done all the research, prepared my schedule, and yet they were still convinced I was going to be kidnapped or something. Glad to hear more people are just doing it though!

  3. Great list of things to do before leaving for your solo trip! I don’t think it’s legal to buy pepper spray in Canada; but a whistle is a good one! Separate places for your money is always good. You never know when you could get your things stolen *knock on wood that doesn’t happen* or misplaced. Have a wonderful time in Amsterdam!

  4. This has come really timely as I have just booked a ticket to Havana, Cuba and scared shitless as I will be going solo, possibly. I never thought of whistles and pepper sprays and will definitely be getting that for my trip. And you are right, preparation is key.

    Thanks for the tips.

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    • Mariella says

      Hi Ufuoma – Don’t be! Cuba is very safe. I visited last October. I also wrote a bunch of blog posts if you want to check it out 🙂

  5. So glad to hear you’re not missing out because others don’t want to join. I’m sure you have a fantastic time, at least you can do what you want to do during your trip and not have to please others 🙂

    • Mariella says

      Haha Thank you, Aysha! It’s so true, once you travel alone you just want to go everywhere by yourself 🙂

  6. you might consider a “Joey bra”. ….which is basically a bra with zip-able pockets for keys and cards.

    I just use a bra with removable padding, and stuff my emergency cash in it. No need for 3 wallets. I just have one wallet with the real $$ hidden on my person, a fake one for corrupt cops or robbers, and my passport concealed in a money belt or something.

    And I guarantee you will probably never use a “travel sized pepper spray”, although they do make them in convenient lipstick-style containers.

    Congrats on your first solo adventure. Im sorry about the impending travel addiction you are about to face 😉

  7. I agree, if nobody wants to come along then do it on your own. After my first solo travel I stopped setting expectations on people. Before, I used to feel real offended when somebody backs out or when somebody doesn’t want to go to a certain place with me. Now, if they don’t want to go then to hell with them. I can do it on my own. It’s a good thing that you went out and did it, and you picked a pretty good destination too.

    • Mariella says

      Thank you, Marge! It was a great experience. Once you travel solo a whole other side of independence surfaces. Don’t you think? 🙂 Have a great day!

  8. nice that you are taking that leap! I still haven’t done that… I travel a lot with my boyfriend but sometimes I wonder if I should go alone as well once in awhile, just to learn to do it on my own… Kudos to you!

  9. Have a great trip! I travelled a lot in my 20’s and though i now prefer to travel with my husband I occasionally challenge myself to go places alone – the last time was a trip from London to Zurich and back by train. If you are well prepared it makes things a lot easier!

  10. Preparation is key for solo travel! That’s one of my biggest secrets to a good trip. I rent all the guidebooks for free from the library and read an insane amount of Tripadvisor reviews haha. So glad you had a good trip!

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