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Rolling Solo: 5 things I learned after my first solo trip

Traveling with friends is usually great. I feel like you have the most fun, are able to be yourself, and can share memories with the people in your circle. However, planning with your friends can be problematic, and sometimes you want to take the leap and travel somewhere new, but it’s hard to get everybody on the same page. Or maybe, you just want to get away from everybody!

I found myself in the latter predicament when I returned home on Monday morning after working a trip (I’m a flight attendant). Upon arrival, I realized I really didn’t want to be home and I really wanted to see something new because I found that life had been getting a little too monotonous lately. I had to get away. That day, I hopped on my laptop, looked up flights with the most seats available and saw that a flight to Grenada was relatively empty. Tuesday morning, best believe I was gone!

I took a three day trip to the beautiful island of Grenada and I learned a lot about not only myself, but lessons that I will take with me to every solo trip moving forward.

Be prepared to pay full price for Everything

Due to the fact that you are by yourself, you most likely wont have anybody to split costs for lodging, activities or transportation. This does suck, but at least you can stay where you want, do what you want, and go wherever, however you want! Everything you do on your trip is up to you.

I stayed at the Seabreeze hotel, a quaint boutique hotel on a hill that was a 3-5 minute walk to Grand Anse beach. The hotel went for about $65 a night for two nights. It was private and safe, just like I wanted.

Take a tour or do a group activity during the day

As a woman traveling by herself, safety is my number one priority. At the end of the day, you are in a different country where you don’t know anyone and it is important to take necessary precautions to keep a peace of mind while venturing out into your new unfamiliar territory.

I kept my peace of mind by making sure that I did most of my activities during the day. I decided that I would do a Dune Buggy Annandale Waterfall tour where we rode through some trails around the island and ended up at one of the more popular, touristy waterfalls, the Annandale Waterfall.

This activity was a bit pricier at $130, but we were on the road for 4 hours, so to me, it was worth it!

Don’t tell everybody where you’re staying

This is a given, but you shouldn’t go around announcing where you’re staying to everyone you meet. No one wants random, unexpected visits from strangers! It’s okay to tell some people but definitely, do not be too trusting with that information.

Get those fire pictures off by any means!

I know it can be nerve-racking to not only take pictures of yourself in public but to ask people to take pictures of you (especially when you want to do the most and break the internet)…but do it anyway! This still gives me a bit of anxiety, but this trip definitely taught me to not care what people think in regards to this. Everybody is a little vain in their own way, so who cares? Self-timer, tripods, and random strangers are your friends!

And ladies, there are men who would be ECSTATIC to take your pictures for you. It would make their day. Just use that to your advantage (lol).

Stay cautious, trust your instincts, and take risks

As I stated earlier, safety is a number one priority, and if you feel like there is a possibility that you can be in danger make sure you go with your gut. However, I do believe that it is important to take risks and meet new people and not be afraid to experience places with new people that you feel comfortable with. They can show you things and places that you never even would’ve thought to go if you hadn’t met them.

I had the chance to meet someone in Grenada who showed me a great time and I would consider them a friend that I would keep in touch with for as long as possible!

It’s important to ask the person many questions to gauge your trust level upon meeting. If you feel like this new person is someone you can hang with, I would definitely say to go for it!

In conclusion, the key to a successful solo trip is to have an open and flexible mind, keep safety a priority, and take risks.

Don’t let other people make you miss out on an experience of a lifetime.

2 thoughts on “Rolling Solo: 5 things I learned after my first solo trip”

  1. I definitely hate having to pay for everything as a solo traveller but the pros outweigh the cons! Ironically I find it easier to get good photos on my own as strangers are willing to help and often have more patience than your friends when you’re on your 5th photoshoot of the day lol

    1. This is so true! I’m still working on letting go of the slight anxiety I have when asking for photos lol

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