Hey there! It’s Casey here, and I want to share a special post with you guys that’s alllll about travel, specifically: “solo” travel (which means you’re traveling all by yourself – just me, myself and I when talking about yourself). In March of 2019 I took a solo trip to Toronto, Canada for three days and man – It was incredible!
Don’t get me wrong! I love being around people and adventuring with my fellow flight attendant friends, but there’s something special about traveling alone from time to time. For one thing, when you travel solo you have zero guidelines. You get to decide your own schedule – where to to go, what time to go, how long you’re going to stay somewhere. You don’t have to worry about what others are thinking or how they feel because the decisions are all up to you and only you! Solo travel can be so relaxing. I even managed to do my workouts in the AIRBNB condo I was staying in that had a gym, but walking around/exploring a new city also counts for good cardio. When I was in Toronto it felt amazing to just walk everywhere outside in the fresh air, experiencing all that the beautiful city had to offer. I spent less time on my phone and more time just enjoying the scenery. It was definitely a game changer to unwind from technology and not be engaged as often as we are in the social media world.
I probably ended up walking about eight to ten miles a day wandering around the city! I ate at restaurants and enjoyed a few coffee shops by myself. I even had a beer solo at a brewery. It all was amazing! Another beneficial aspect about traveling solo is that it opens up your mind to new ideas. It pushes you to discover new things about yourself that you may not have known – things you like, don’t like, want to give up, let go, or new things you want to start such as a new hobby.
In my own experience, Toronto made me let go of fear, self doubt and it made me realize I don’t need to please people all the time. It left me with a more positive sense of self worth and opened up my mind to new opportunities instead of looking at past mistakes. Solo travel allowed me to let go of things that no longer served me, and helped me to move forward. It also made me realize how grateful I was for everything and everyone I had in my life. I guess you could say I learned to have more gratitude.
Of course it’s fun trying new eateries/bars, immersing in the culture/experiencing a new place regardless if you’re alone. You’ll never know who you’ll meet and the fun memories you’ll get to take back with you forever. I definitely want to do another solo trip in my future! Where to? I’m not sure yet, but I know it’ll definitely be worth it! Where’s somewhere you’ve traveled to solo or have been wanting to go to by yourself?! Let us know in comments below! Speaking of travel— we’ve got you covered when it comes to all your packing and travel needs in our book “Fit for Flight” that’s available now on Good Reads and Amazon!