When I took two weeks off and left to Paris I was ecstatic. I was supposed to be going with a friend but in the end it didn’t work out and I ended up going alone. I’ve always dreamt of going to Paris. Even though I’d never been I always felt at home there. So I continued planning and I went….alone. It was the best thing I’d ever done. I wasn’t worried about what if anything should happen, I’d be alone…blah blah blah. I’m an excellent trip planner. Ask my friends! I can have a trip planned in 2 hours. Any who I went, I sat alone at dinner, I went to the monuments, I people watched, I met people, I danced, I walked in the rain, I sat in parks, I rode the train, I cried, I laughed. It was perfect.
The older you get the harder to coordinate your life with those of your friends. People have jobs, they have to give notice, they have to save and it all becomes a waiting game. I’ve never really been afraid to travel alone. You learn a lot about yourself when you are alone. In 2012 I planned a trip to Spain alone and at the last minute a friend decided to come. One day we wanted to do different things so she went her way and I went mine. When you travel alone its very freeing. You depend on yourself. You can do what you want. You don’t have to compromise or wait for anyone. My solo trip to Paris was the best of my life.
I plan on doing a lot more solo trips. I didn’t have any problems making friends. The first week in Paris I spent discovering and seeing the sites and eating the foods. the second week was fashion week and I spent time going to shows and making friends with other bloggers and show attendants. It was really a whirlwind of fun. I’m no idiot though, my mother knew exactly where I was staying and a number for my host. I didn’t go out past midnight alone and I always knew how to get to wherever I was going thanks to googlemaps.
It takes some balls to go on an international trip alone but I highly recommend it. Its better than sitting around waiting to do and go the places you want to go in life because no one can go with you. This year I want to visit Italy and if there is no one to come along with…I will be there solo as well.