5.24.18 20

I Booked a Solo Trip!

This past weekend I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes:

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one.

But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

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You may recall that one of my goals for 2018 was to take a trip by myself. I was really stoked on this idea back in January, and even went so far as to talk to several of my friends who have taken solo trips to get their advice.

But, I kept making excuses for why not to book a trip—I didn’t want to “waste” my PTO days on myself, I could never find a good time, I didn’t want to miss something important at home, I didn’t know if I could actually do it.

On Tuesday night, I decided once and for all there’s no time like the present, and jumped at the chance to head back to Charleston—this time by myself—when I came across a great deal on Jetblue that I could easily pay for in airline miles. I booked it as soon as I saw it so I wouldn’t have time to talk myself out of it. And so on June 17, I’ll be embarking on a three day, two night solo journey to one of my favorite places. 

While I’m definitely a little apprehensive about the trip, I’m so excited to make this dream of mine become a reality. I actually travel quite a bit by myself for work, and while I often meet up with coworkers at the destination, I’ve had experience navigating how to eat a restaurant by myself and exploring new places without a friend. I’m sure it’ll be different on this trip since I am there for about 72 hours, but it’s nice to know I have some experience to fall back on.

I am starting to think about what I might like to do on this trip, and so far, I’ve booked a candle making workshop at Candlefish and have started dreaming about all the delicious food I can eat while I am in town. I can’t wait!

If you’ve traveled alone before, I’d love to know if you have any tricks of the trade or great stories to share about your solo journeys. And, if you’re thinking about booking a solo trip—life is never not now! We can compare notes! x

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20 Comments

  1. So impressed Katie- you inspire me! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

    Published 5.24.18
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    • Allie V wrote:

      I can always meet ya at Husk 😉

      Published 5.24.18
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      • Katie wrote:

        Aw thank you, Gentry! Allie, you’re always welcome! x

        Published 6.2.18
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  2. Ashlee wrote:

    I LOVE this, Katie! As much as I’ve traveled, I’ve never done more than a day by myself. Now I’m inspired to do a trip like this myself …

    Can’t wait to hear about it afterwards!

    Ashlee | http://www.cobaltchronicles.com

    Published 5.24.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      I am so sure you would love it and could do it — and I can’t wait to hear about all your upcoming adventures! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  3. Heather wrote:

    YESSS, you booked it!! Have so much fun! I’ve always wanted to do one of Candlefish’s classes – so cool!

    Published 5.24.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      I am super excited – can’t wait to see how it goes! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  4. Molly wrote:

    So excited for you! It’s going to be so fun!

    Published 5.24.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      Can’t wait to hear all about how Germany goes for you! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  5. Adrie wrote:

    This sounds so great!! My fave solo-trip experience was treating myself to a fancy local spa treatment

    Published 5.24.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      I am going to add that to the list! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  6. Wow, I can’t wait to hear about this! I’d be so nervous to go by myself, but at the same time I think it’d be great. You can spend the whole time doing what you want to do and not have to worry about anybody else!

    Published 5.24.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      I think it will be a great growing experience for me personally — can’t wait to share! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  7. Jenn Mitchell wrote:

    This is awesome and so exciting! I’m 100% putting this on my 2019 to do list! Can’t wait to read all about your experience 🙂

    Published 5.25.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      I can’t wait to share — definitely add it to your list! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  8. Rachel wrote:

    I can’t wait to hear your experiences and recommendations for solo travel! That is also on my to-do list but it definitely takes some courage.

    Rachel // http://www.rachelstriving.wordpress.com

    Published 5.27.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      Definitely takes a lot of courage — and I am still really nervous! But definitely worth pushing my comfort zone! x

      Published 6.2.18
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  9. what an awesome idea! I think sitting at the bar versus a table is a great way to strike up conversations, unless you want to get lost in a book by yourself… both great options! look forwarding to seeing your recap 🙂

    Published 5.29.18
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    • Katie wrote:

      Yes — could not agree more! Can’t wait to share the whole experience. x

      Published 6.2.18
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  10. Rachel wrote:

    How exciting! I’ve never done a solo trip either. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

    Published 6.5.18
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