I love going on vacay… BY MYSELF.
I’d like to say that I became a solo traveler because I was on my Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love author) flow in search of some next level of existence and understanding; but in reality my first international trip alone happened because none of my friends were available to go with me. I’d officially reached the point of being tired of not doing things because other folks couldn’t fit me and my wanderlust into their Google/Outlook calendars and decided to pack my DVF bags (Marshall’s find) and headed to Barbados for the 2013 Food, Wine, & Rum Festival anyway.
Scary? No. I figured since I traveled regularly by myself for work, going on vacation alone had to be just as easy.
Game changing? HECK YES! I had the most amazing time doing every single thing that I wanted to do during the 6 days and 5 nights that I spent in Barbados. Being alone meant that I had to be creative about the activities that I filled my days with. After waking up each morning to eat breakfast and pray in the ocean, I found some new way to spend my time; from attending festival events (one of which was a catamaran situation with an open bar), to going on a date which included a personal tour of the island with Beres Hammond as the soundtrack. And while I left the man in Barbados, I came back with a deeper sense of self and a hunger for my next solo trip. In 2014 I went to Mexico and Panama, and this year I’m scheduled to visit South Africa and another TBD location SOLO.
Here are my tips for traveling alone:
- Use a Travel Agent/Travel Specialist: Having this support is super helpful in planning the logistics of your trip and keeping an eye on prices. For 2 out of 3 of my trips, my go to agent www.sodynamite.com got me price adjustments on my packages after we booked.
- Buy Travel Insurance: Travel insurance protects you to and through your trip.
- Follow Travel Focused Accounts on Instagram: Use them for inspiration on where you should go and what you should do while you’re there.
- Stay at All-Inclusive Resorts: It takes a lot of the pressure off of finding food and cocktails during your trip.