Wondering how, where, when? Well I’ll tell you…
Honestly, it was pretty simple.
First, though you have to make up in your mind that you want to travel and experience what’s on the other side of any flight. I say that because traveling isn’t just about going abroad. Traveling is simply traveling whether it be domestic or abroad.
I’ve been envisioning this international solo trip for a little while now, but wasn’t sure how I was going to make it happen, where I was going to go, or any of it. I just knew that I wanted to go.
with no real destination in mind, I started with a Google Flights search, I set the dates of my trip, started with JFK to and hit search. What Google does is show a worldwide map with the prices listed for many destinations from your starting point. All I needed to do was select a country and review the price. I decided to start in Stockholm, Sweden. Total price roundtrip $259.00 that includes all taxes and fees.
Many times when people are looking to travel they are looking for the glitz and glam of it all. Traveling should be lived for the moment, experience, and memories. So what makes this trip so affordable. All of the glitz of picking my own seat or glam of ordering an over-priced meal isn’t a thought, I don’t need to add those onto the cost of my trip. Like grandma used to do on long road trips, I’ll be packing a snack before my flight and continue to push forward.
It’s possible to travel on a reasonable budget, all it truly involves is being open minded to the various possibilities and doing some research.
Here are a few other tips about safety and what to do when considering any trip, more importantly a solo trip.
- TONS OF RESEARCH IS KEY. Don’t just book any destination, I’ve learned through my travel to do extensive research, like popular neighborhoods, how far is the airport from the city center, how much is the average cab ride, is there any public transportation. It’s necessary, I was once in St. Maarten (beautiful country), I decided on a resort next the downtown area. To me downtown area is where everything is. What I didn’t know was in St. Maarten the downtown area is not where everything is, the shops and restaurants close early, there are any clubs or casinos on that side of town. So research is very important, regarding crime/safety, crime statistics are very easy to pull up and typically identify do’s and don’t for tourist.
- Upon arriving and looking for accurate information, check out the information desk in the airport terminal. Pick of maps and resource guides. Also while there speak with airport staff, police officers and other identifiable officials. Transit workers are also good points of contacts for key information about your destination. But also verify the information before setting out, ask one person and turn around and ask another totally different person. This will help you to make sure you are headed in the right direction before taking another step. Having a local map can also help with this.
- Don’t make yourself vulnerable or a target. What does this mean, stay in highly populated areas. If you are going out at night, get taxi information from the hotel directly, make sure you have a contact number and trace the route on your local map before leaving. If possible, make arrangements with the taxi driver for a pick up as well, I know in many places I’ve visited this has worked out for the better. It’s possible that you can get a discount on the ride, you know someone will be picking you up and they’re likely to accept knowing it’s a guaranteed fare.
- Lastly, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO NO MATTER THE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH OR WHERE YOU ARE. IS BEING AWARE OF AND IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS. THIS DOESN’T REQUIRE RESEARCH OR PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, SIMPLY YOU BEING MINDFUL OF WHERE YOU ARE AND WHO IS AROUND.
GO TRAVEL. TRAVEL FAR AND WIDE, EXPLORE THE VAST REGIONS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANET. AND WHILE YOU’RE DOING IT, DO IT FOR CHEAP!