“You discover who you are when no one is looking”
Happy Wednesday, guys! Earlier this fall, I travelled solo for the first time, and it was the best gift I ever gave myself. To be honest, all my life I believed that going on a solo trip is just as crazy as eating in a fancy restaurant alone. Yes, sharing the joy of discovering new places with your loved one is definitely amazing, but there is nothing so empowering and eye-opening as travelling alone. Just imagine the inspiration and self-confidence you will experience after:
- getting over your fears and overcoming those unexpected challenges all by yourself
- socializing with locals and other solo travelers from all parts of the world
- finally spending that quality ‘me’ time
Let’s be real, my biggest fear was loneliness. You know, that feeling you get when everywhere you look, there are couples holding hands, families or friends laughing out loud. To make sure I don’t feel that during an entire trip, I included a yoga retreat as a part of my plan, what brought me friendships and connections with amazing people. Even though that was a great decision, on my very first day of travelling I realized that meeting new people on a solo trip is easy and fun, especially if you are willing to stay away from your cell phone. Plus, who said that being alone means being lonely? A little bit of “loneliness” is what we need to reconnect with ourselves and focus on living in the present moment.
My second fear was something every fashion girl can relate to: excess baggage. Even though I am far from being a new traveler, I haven’t mastered the art of packing light yet. Every time I travel to a new destination, I usually come up with a ridiculous number of vacation outfit ideas*, and I’d convince myself I need all of them. Having an extra tote bag rolled up just in case in my carry-on literally saved my life. Even if you are not taking half of your wardrobe with you like myself, I strongly recommend rolling it up and keeping it in your hand luggage.
Finally, safety. Even though I am unrealistically optimistic by nature, there are places in this world where I wouldn’t consider going alone. I mean who wants to be overly alert when on vacation? So when Google and a few friends told me that despite being incredibly picturesque, Croatia is one of the best places to solo travel, I didn’t think twice. They were so right. People are extremely friendly and welcoming (and usually speak enough English to give the directions); it’s easy to get around just by using public transportation and totally safe to walk alone late at night, even if you feel like wearing a risqué dress from Missguided.
*Stay tuned for more cool vacation outfit ideas in Part 2!
I was wearing:
Blouse by Zara (similar here on sale, here and here)
Trousers by Zara (sold out, similar here and here)
Bag by Chloe
Espadrilles by L’Intervalle (sold out, similar here and here)
Hat by Brixton
Ring by Le Château (sold out, similar here)
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