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