I’m finally home. Back in the good ol’ snow in May Minnesota. (yeahyoureadthatcorrectly).
My second solo trip was completely different than my first. Whole heartedly different. This go ’round, I had more confidence, excitement, and sense of true adventure. I was more than willing to put myself out there!
But the cool thing is, both brought about huge changes to my life.
It was fun to look back and compare and contrast it with my Colorado trip. So, I thought I’d put together another list of things I learned from my solo trip.
Without further ado, the 10 (more) things I’ve learned from my solo trip!
1. You are not the only one in this city who is alone
So, don’t make such a big deal out of it! Just have fun and know you’re safe!
2. By putting yourself “out there” combined with good intention will connect you to great people
Ultimately, I know that people are good! They want to talk to you, connect, and hear your story! Allow the flow to happen and be interested in what they have to offer too! Think of it this way: what can you gain?
3. Going out to eat in a restaurant alone is normal and should be enjoyed!
When was the last time you sat by yourself at a restaurant? OK, maybe recently, but for me, this is all new territory! I loved the quiet simplicity of enjoying a a meal by myself. Honestly, I enjoyed and savored the food even more! I wasn’t rushed, and actually felt full faster than I would if I were out with girlfriends, or the like! I’m going to try this now that I’m back in MN too!
4. Notice the signs that you’re on the right track!
I cannot tell you the last time I found pennies on the ground. Many people, (including Dr. Dyer, who actually spoke that he often finds coins on the ground) see this as a sign from above that abundance (in many forms) surrounds you and always will. This week, I found a BRAND NEW dollar bill, a nickel, and a penny! WOAH! Thanks! And, I also sat down next to the most beautiful white feather…thanks angels!
5. A mini van makes for a wonderful rental car
I laughed…out loud…when I was told I would be driving a mini van for the week! At first, thoughts of “OMG everyone’s going to totally laugh at me” ran through my mind, but then, I thought…this is another way to practice that “go with the flow” attitude. I even got to pick out my van so I chose the one with the license plate that read: 328 YEA!
6. Ask locals + friends for their suggestions on dining, seeing, doing
And…actually take their suggestions and go out and do them! I love asking for tips on what to do and experience while I’m out of town. But, rarely, do I actually get around to doing them for whatever reason. This time, I was able to experience a lot of what my friends suggested and I wrote about them in my last post. Trust that they know some of the best offerings in the area!
7. Packing for 5 days in a carry-on can be done, and should be awarded!
Seriously, what’s the highest number of days you’ve packed in a carry-on? One less fee you have to pay for at the airport equals more bison burgers or goofy t-shirts when you’re exploring! Am I right!?
8. When all else fails, just buy some chocolate covered almonds
Sometimes, a girl doesn’t want a big meal. She just wants chocolate covered almonds…my go-to vacation snack. What’s yours?
9. A good book is a faithful companion
In a world where we’re addicted to technology and tapping away on our iEverythings…I have to say, there is nothing more comforting than a great read when you’re traveling. Especially when you’re by yourself, it’s nice to tuck in to something soul-stirring and inspirational. Bring a few with you!
10. Savor this ultimate freedom
I can’t think of a better way to reconnect with self. Solo travel recharges you, and helps you grow in ways you can see and some in ways you cannot. If you have the opportunity to travel, anywhere…near or far, for any amount of time, I would so encourage you to stretch those wings of yours and fly!