HOW TO BOOK YOUR FIRST SOLO TRIP
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
You ever been afraid of doing something alone? Ever have a fear of things going wrong? Ever thought, "Me? Solo traveling? NEVER!" Well I’m here to tell you that all of this is possible if you let go of self doubt and primarily fear. I was once that girl who feared ever sitting at a restaurant alone, imagine an entire vacation by myself! Trust me when I tell you there is nothing more liberating than loving yourself, nurturing your needs, refocusing your mind and refreshing your body. I’m here to fill you in on this LIFE CHANGING trip I took, that may (or may not) help you change yours. You're probably asking okay so where do I begin? Here's what you do:
1. PICK A DATE
Make sure you pick a date and you stick to it! Whether it's in a month, 6 months, a year. Just pick a date and don't ever look back (the past sucks anyway!).
Pick a where to! Do you love tropical weather? Do you love the cold? I know that my ladies out there are wondering, "Is this even safe?". Look it might be scary to travel alone as a woman but don't be afraid, work around it. You may want to pick a resort destination like I did so you have access to everything you desire (food, drinks, entertainment) plus the comfort of safety. Please do your research like I did, it’s important to keep yourself safe at all times. I’ve actually been to Mexico 3 other times (Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Tulum) so I picked this place as a recommendation from a friend and to explore a new part of Mexico but I did my research. People thought I was crazy, like, "What, Mexico?" yes, Mexico!
*WARNING ONCE YOU GO ON YOUR FIRST SOLO TRIP THE ADDICTION WILL BE REAL*
Start putting the vision of your trip out into the universe. Picture yourself there already. Research. My go to is expedia.com, especially for bundle packages (whether its an all inclusive with a flight OR a flight & hotel combo). They always seem to beat the competition but if you stumble upon something better please let me know I’m learning how to travel too! Do as much research as possible until your budget (step 4) is met and it's booking time!
4. SAVE MONEY AKA BUDGET YOURSELF
I expect that some of you may be saying, "ugh, but can I even afford this? it's so expensive", well I’m here to be extremely real with you, cut out your excuses! We're all adults and capable of putting a little more effort into ourselves. If you feel like you're a spender, plan accordingly, but don't cut yourself short of a LIFE CHANGING opportunity because of YOUR own excuses. It's all about budgeting. I knew I wanted to do this so I planned accordingly. I made myself save $300/month 6 months before I planned to book this trip. I get paid bi-weekly so I knew that meant $150/bi-weekly would get me to my goal of $300/month. I ended up booking my trip 1 month before I left so I had $1,500 to indulge on myself for this trip and I ended up paying $1,250 (not bad right?). If you have to miss a few events to do it, so be it. Why not save for new experiences rather than the same things you do every weekend? so SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
5. YOU'RE READY TO BOOK!
Do one final scan of all different pricing (Tuesday 2am is the best time to book) and once you pick out your itinerary, just click "COMPLETE BOOKING". Yes, now you can be happy and anxious all at the same damn time because you're officially the bravest person I know! You're going on your first solo trip ever, YOU DID IT! #vacation #dream #firstsolotrip #loveyourself #dinnerforone
Go for 3-4 days so you don't overwhelm yourself with the fear of being alone too long. It’s your first solo trip so it's understandable (especially for my anxious people, I happen to be one of them so I get it).
CARRY ON! - Buy a nice sized carry on if you don't already have one. It allows you to pack light and you save that stupid bag fee (you can buy a nice top instead). Remember you're only going for limited amount of days so be smart when packing.
My last and MOST important tip (and please actually do this, it helped me a lot) is a month before your trip grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and set aside 30 solid minutes where you write down 10 things that YOU love doing. Really think about the things you love and jot them down, take your time, get to know yourself. After these 30 minutes pick your top 3 and if their travel friendly pack em' up and bring them along for the ride of your life! If one of these things happens to be an activity do some research and do it out there!