In many ways, solo travel has shaped me into the person I am today. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to travel this earth and connect with people from all over the world.
New York 2015
New York will always be special to me because it was my first ever solo trip. I was 19 when I decided it was time to experience solo travel and New York was always going to be first on my list. New York City really boosted my confidence in pretty much every way possible. It gave me the faith to talk to strangers and enabled me to build relationships quickly. My fear for ‘long haul’ flights was put at ease and most importantly, the bright city lights made me hungry to see the world.
Australia was always going to be a solo trip for me. It was an experience that I always imagined doing alone and looking back, I wouldn’t of done anything differently. Sydney was my first stop on my East Coast adventure. I met so many like-minded people in Sydney, and met friends that I still talk to today. I really did feel like my happiest and my strongest when I was in this city. I miss the person I was then.
My first initial reason for visiting Manchester was to see my favourite band, Take That. But, somewhere in-between stepping on the train and the journey itself, I fell in-love with the city. Not only that, Manchester introduced me to independence and the sense of freedom.
Alice Springs 2017
“An adventure, an escapade through the Australian bush in search of that something I had been looking for, not knowing if I would find it, yet not entirely caring if I didn’t. For in the end it was not the result but the process I was craving.” – Entry from my diary September 2017.
Alice Springs, taught me a lot. I experienced a mix of emotions while visiting this small town in the Northern Territory. Loneliness, excitement and adventure. I made a lot of tough decisions while being in the outback, some I am still facing the consequences of. Nevertheless, I do believe everything happens for a reason and this town taught me exactly that.
What experiences have shaped who you are today? Let me know in the comment box below!
A 24 year old from the Midlands, always looking to escape her hometown for an adventure.