Another week, another inspiring solo female travel story. For those who don’t know, Women Who Wander is a travel series I have on my blog where other bloggers can share their stories of Solo Female Travel. It’s something I personally have not done enough of but reading all these incredible stories inspires me to no end! This week Meghan is sharing her unexpected, unplanned yet amazing experience of solo travel in Nassau after her cruise was re routed.
Meghan is a teacher in Washington DC traveling every chance she gets. As a teacher, she’s always on a budget and looks for the best deal every time. She’s been to 21 countries so far and is always planning her next adventure. She hopes to inspire others to make the most of their adventures and realize travel is possible no matter your budget. Follow along on her adventures on her blog, meghanthetravelingteacher.com
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Don’t Be Afraid to Try It
Not me. Not ever.
That’s what I told myself, it’s what I told others! For a long time, I was scared to travel alone. It’s easy to find excuses not to do it. Honestly, little me going to another country by myself, not knowing a single person? How would I make friends? How would I get around? What will people think when they see me alone? I’d given myself every excuse in the book. Then, because of a delayed flight, I was thrown into solo travel and all those excuses had to go away – and I’m so glad they did!
“I don’t do solo travel – or do I?”
A year ago I was planning on going on a cruise with my boyfriend at the time. Because of work, I had to fly in a day later and meet him at the first port for the cruise (not ideal to begin with, but work is work). As I was getting on my flight to meet the cruise, he called and told me that the cruise had to change course and would not be coming to Nassau. I was going to be on a trip by myself for two days before the cruise got there. Nassau is not even a scary place – like at all. Still, I wanted to go into panic mode! I have never done anything like this. What do I do? Where do I stay? How can I get around without someone to help me?
Spring Into Action
Instead of being helpless, I got on my phone ASAP, I started searching for the best things to do in Nassau and where to stay. What could I do by myself? Within three hours I found an AirBnB that offered car service, booked a tour, and was on my plane to Nassau. I spent the whole plane ride hoping that the guy from the AirBnB would be there despite an instant booking and that things would work out. I wondered what it would be like to be alone in another country. What I would do the whole time? That was the last time I wondered.
The next two days were a blast! The AirBNB owner picked me up without a hitch and I made friends with the he and his wife who ended up taking me to dinner for conch fritters. I went to an incredible national park where I rented snorkel gear and went all by myself to see beautiful fish surrounded by the largest underwater statue in the world. I tried taking self-timer photos on a hike and failed. Also, I ate rum cake, drank on the beach, and gambled at the Atlantis Resort even though I wasn’t staying there. The whole thing was a blast and I realized something about myself – I LOVE SOLO TRAVEL!
Just Try It
Just like that, I was hooked. I mean seriously – I had such a blast going on my own to try out these new things. There is something about experiencing a place for yourself that I had no idea would be so rewarding. While I have yet to take a large international trip alone, I have made space for myself to explore on my own on different trips I have taken ever since. I spent a day in Beijing by myself, then I went to Puerto Rico alone too for an extra day before a cruise. This week, I leave for Greece where I have a layover in Turkey for a day on my own and this summer, I will spend two days in Dubai on a long layover.
Hopefully someday, I will take a trip all for myself too. For now, I am looking for ways to add in a day or two whenever I can to be on my own. There is something so special about being on your own when in a new place. So while I was forced into solo travel, I am so glad I was! I am a more confident traveler, woman, and person in general because of it. Adventure is always waiting, go out and find it!
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