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.
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