Up until last month, I never thought I would really solo travel. I figured I would hate it since I would have no one to talk to during my meals and lack the feeling of security that the “buddy system” brings. But that changed last month when I went on my first business trip to New York and experience solo travel for the first time.
At first I was pretty nervous to be in New York by myself but the reason was because my “free time” to explore New York by myself was after 5. I love New York, I’ve gone 4 times now and could confidently say I know my way around the city but I hate walking by myself at night ANYWHERE! But since I wasn’t sure if I would get a chance this year to go back, I wanted to take advantage of being in the city.
So on my second day I had my great solo adventure and I have to say, you definitely end up with more stories to share while traveling by yourself. After completing my work, I headed over to one of my favorite restaurants in New York, Becco. They have THE BEST pasta I have ever had in my life. I always get their pasta sampler because they create three different homemade pastas that change every day and let me tell you they never disappoint.
After dinner I headed to my next activity, “The Book of Mormon.” It was a fairly quick walk and I wouldn’t have minded anyways since walking is my favorite thing to do in New York. I got in front of the theater pretty early, while waiting for the doors to open this older woman came up to me asking about my tickets and if I had them already or if I was waiting to pick up. We started talking for the next thirty minutes while waiting, mostly about musical theater and I learned that she used to be a casting director on Broadway (HOW COOL RIGHT?!?). When they opened the door, she turned to me, looked me in the eye, and said, “Enjoy the show kid.” with a smile. It seriously made my day, what a cool experience!
Of course I enjoyed “The Book of Mormon,” it was funny and I have been sorta obsessed with the music ever since coming home. I may or may not be driving Sean crazy listening to it over and over. This night is probably something I’ll always remember, mainly because it was my first solo travel adventure but also for the fond conversation with a total stranger. I’m definitely more open to the idea of solo travel now, obviously I would love company but I think there’s a special thing about traveling by yourself. You might notice things you may have never before, you have more free time to just do what you want to do, and the entire agenda is what you want it to be. Honestly I think it would be AMAZING to do a solo trip in a European country where I literally just paint my surroundings. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough for that yet, but hey a girl can dream right? Have you traveled alone anywhere?Let me know in the comments!