@LittleWomanBigCity Traveling Solita!
I have always had a fascination with Ireland and dreamed of visiting someday. It was a Monday evening after work and without thinking twice, I booked a roundtrip flight to Ireland! I made sure to book a long enough trip that would allow me to hop around Europe in between while I was over there. I decided on London and Paris. My parents and friends thought I was crazy but supported it nonetheless.
They know that I’m always looking for my next adventure and this time, I wanted to do it on my own.
This has been the most incredible thing I have ever done for myself! I met many amazing people from around the globe along the way. Each photo that a stranger took of me was accompanied by a conversation, even if it was simply asking them where they were from and how long they had been traveling for.
Some highlights from my trip include: The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, meeting Prince Harry in London (I told him I was from NY and he asked if I was a Mets fan!) and treating myself to the most amazing dining experience; dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
I am not sure how often dinner for a party of one happens at the Eiffel Tower but I’m so happy I did it! I walked in and confirmed my reservation with the host, “Table for one…give me your best seat!” He responded, “Madam, everyone wants the best seat…” with the biggest smile. They literally gave me the best seat viewing Trocadéro!
As I approached my seat, I saw a lady looking on, super giddy. She later came up to me and told me how happy she was to see me enjoying such an experience on my own and shared that her daughter had traveled to the states solo. It was a super sweet, genuine exchange.
I looked out the window and couldn’t help to get a bit emotional. I couldn’t believe I was there! They also had endless wine so I’ll blame it partially on that, lol. I had never felt so alive and on a cloud at the same time.
There were moments during my trip in which I had to remind myself to chill out and be present in the moment and simply take it all in. I had moments in which I would stare out at monuments I only dreamed of seeing and wanting to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe I was there.
This wasn’t a trip to find myself (nothing wrong with those kinds of trips!), it was a trip to remind myself to put myself first and to treat myself from time to time—I deserve it!
I encourage all women to take a solo trip at least once in their lifetime. There is nothing sweeter than doing what you want, when you want without having to compromise plans with someone else/other people. It has truly been an empowering experience overall! My advice to anyone on the fence about traveling solo is to not overthink it. Decide on where you want to go and just go for it! You deserve it!