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TRAVEL: Doing it SOLO!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New York, US to San Juan, PR
"Why the hell would anyone want to travel alone?!"

But anyone who has shopped alone will tell you, there's a freedom that comes with doing things solo dolo.

Recently I took a spontaneous trip to Puerto Rico, and had I had it my way, Mama Dukes and several of my closest friends and family members would have been on board with me, but a last minute plan means you risk your offer getting declined - and that's EXACTLY what happened.

So, I either had the option of losing the chance to fly ROUNDTRIP to San Juan for $110 or go to a place I've NEVER been and make something out of nothing, ALONE. So I said "F*CK IT!" and booked the flight!

After my trip I can honestly say that traveling alone is underrated :}

Why? Because you do what you want, when you want & how you want! Best deal, if you ask me ~ :}

Best lone travel tips? 

Stay at a hostel. Yes, a hostel! 
Despite the terrifying horror movie series that gave hostels their bad reputation, they are actually great places for lone travelers to meet OTHER lone travelers. Everyone at the hostel I was staying at (Island Time Hostel) had traveled there alone. It reminded me of college or better yet my study abroad experience in Japan!
Hostels are great for your budget and usually have staff that is knowledgeable about the area's local activities, best transportation options and cheap food hot spots!

Don't bring your valuables! 
This mostly applies if you're staying at a hostel. Personally you have less to feel responsible over which equals less worry. Some hostels offer some form of a safe box, but I find it easier to eliminate the problem altogether (leave the Louis and Kors at home ;})

Bring cash. 
Even though I'm talking about this from an international travel experience standpoint, this could apply to domestic travel as well. Bank fees are a pain, especially if you're traveling on a budget so avoid that ish all together and carry a good amount of paper mula, dispersed or well hidden among your belongings.

Create a one page information print out.
Despite this being the almighty digital age, there are times when it fails us. It never hurts to create a simple one page word document of all the information you'll need on your trip including addresses, flight confirmations and even phone numbers of loved ones (remember when people actually remembered those?)

I hope this has inspired all of you considering the venture to toss the hesitation aside and go for it!

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