A few years back the company I worked for went bankrupt and I was out of a job and pretty bummed. I needed something to clear my mind and spirit, but what I didn’t know.
A friend showed up within a few days and suggested we take a vacation, he had two airline round trip vouchers. We decided to head south to Mexico. This sounded great!
We made our reservations and I was ready to go. The day came to meet at the airport. My friend never showed up and didn’t answer his phone. I had never gone solo on a trip out of the country, that’s when the anxiety set in. I was short of being terrified not knowing what to do or what might happen.
I managed to board the plane and the free rum and coke did help me relax. We landed and I waved down a taxi down to take me to the hotel. By this time things started changing, my unexpected solo trip soon began to flow. I stood out as a solo traveler and this brought attention and conversation from others, my comfort zone sored.
In no time I was having the time of my life, being invited by others to join them in activities and being questioned on why I was travelling alone and previous places I had travelled to.
Even when I went out alone my new born confidence led me to conversations with the locals and of course the art of bargaining for merchandise in the local market. Going to a restaurant alone was no longer an anxiety filled experience. And once again, I stood out and was approached by other travellers eager to buy me a drink and listen to my stories.
When it came time to leave, I felt like I had just gotten there and wanted to stay longer. I reluctantly boarded the plane to depart. After arriving back home, I discovered my friend had set me up from the beginning for this solo trip. I felt no ill will but was glad he did. My eye’s and confidence level had been opened to a new world of adventure I had never experienced before. I’ve traveled solo ever since.
How did you make the Jump into Solo or Adventure Traveling?