March 13, 2014 is when it all began for me. At this point in my life I had been on a handful of trips (ranging from road trips to the U.S., a week in Spain, numerous Carribean resorts), but this time was different. This time I was alone. I had not spend months planning this trip. It was a decision I made three weeks prior to my departure. I simply wanted to go to my dream city at the time: Paris. I had barely slept the night before as feelings of anxiety swam around my body. I had seen “Taken” far too many times. But I was tired of waiting. And so I did it. I arrived in London for a few nights before making my way to Paris. Fast forward eight years later, I can honestly say that first trip alone changed my life: my confidence grew, I felt empowered to keep seeing the world alone, I met incredible people I still called friends, and I learned the world really isn’t that scary.
Why It Began
At first I was rather embarrassed to be traveling on my own. I hardly told anyone about it. “Will people think I have no friends?” I thought to myself. But as I met countless others traveling on their own, I realized I wasn’t alone. I embraced solo travel. In fact, I began to prefer it. And I truly began to believe every person, especially woman, needed to travel alone at least once in their life. This blog started because I know there are many others out there on the fence about traveling on their own. You might be one of those people. You’ve been dreaming about visiting a certain city for ages, but are hesitate to pull the trigger. Well, I started this blog for people like you in hopes that sharing a bit about my solo travel journey will inspire you to begin your own.
How It's Going Now
I’ve come across many blogs where travelers have quit their day jobs and packed their bags…and just went. I am in awe of that and have yet too much admiration for those people. I am not that person (yet?) and truthfully, I’m not sure if I ever will be. Running a travel blog as a full-time job is certainly a dream, but for now, taking a handful of trips a year and inspiring others to travel is my goal.