The Joys of Solo Travel
I just returned home from a short trip to Kingston, Jamaica. I went to the Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, and had my first cheat meal on my new meal plan. There's something about solo travel that's freeing. I've traveled solo through several countries and found each experience to be valuable. Being in a strange city alone forces you out of your comfort zone. You're relying on yourself to get around, to make sure you don't lose important things like your passport, to be safe, and much more.
There's a saying that you find yourself when you travel solo. For me, that couldn't be more true. On my first solo vacation, I visited four countries in Europe in the span of two weeks. I was alone, but I was free. I was free to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I didn't need to ask others what they wanted to do, what they wanted to eat and all of that fun stuff. Nope, it was just me, myself and I. I'm my own best friend and solo travel allows me the alone time that's sometimes hard to get at home.
The beauty of solo travel is there's no singular way to enjoy your vacation. It's all up to you to decide how you want to spend your trip. If you go to Paris and want spend the entire time sipping coffee at a café instead of visiting Le Louvre, thats perfectly fine. When I went to Jamaica this week, I brought two bathing suits with me and didn't visit the beach once. In fact, I spent my time kicking it around my hostel, visiting a couple of tourist sites, reading and studying. I had no interest in hiking the Blue Mountains or taking a taxi to the beach and that's okay. It was still a wonderful vacation for me.
Traveling alone is an experience everyone needs to have at least once. That city you've always wanted to visit? Go. Book a trip just for you. Traveling doesn't have to be expensive, either. There are websites like Living Social and Groupon that offer great travel deals. Hostels are an inexpensive way to find a place to stay in the heart of a city and meet other solo travelers.
If you're thinking about solo traveling, but need some extra advice or tips on safety or how to navigate a strange city, especially in a foreign country, feel free to contact me. I love talking to other travelers and learning about their experiences.
Oh and that cheat meal I had? It was marvelous. I ate three Jamaican chicken patties, two curry chicken and one jerk chicken, two pieces of coco bread, and two pretty hefty servings of ice cream. If you ever go to Kingston, Devon House needs to be on you list of places to visit. Their patties and ice cream are some of the best I've ever had.