On my own in Seattle

Space Needle

On my own in Seattle

Trip June 5, 2013 – June 12, 2013

Seattle was my first solo trip, and I planned it from start to finish.  This was going to be my test trip.  I wanted to see if I could travel alone.  Although I traveled to London and Paris on the plane alone and saw some of the sights by myself, I still relied on my friend for certain things.  I saved money by staying in her hotel room, but most of the tour was done with her and her coworkers.  I picked Seattle because it was one of three destinations I was supposed to go to with someone, but later, I backed out for some reason I can’t remember.  So this was my do-over trip.  Seattle is one of those destinations I didn’t know much about besides seeing it in one of my favorite movies, “Sleepless in Seattle,” and pictures of the iconic Space Needle. I was clueless.  So, I did some research.  I searched for flights and then hotels.  I usually determine how many days I stay based on the best airfare available for arrival and departure.  I try to stay over the weekend.

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I searched Viator.com to get ideas of what to do.  Most of my trips include three activities, a food tour and some adventure activities such as bike riding, horseback riding, or zip lining.  I booked two food tours and a walking tour with Savour Seattle Tours.  When I finally arrived in Seattle, it exceeded my expectations.  The weather was perfect, and it was relatively easy to get around the city.  My hotel took much longer to get to from downtown than I expected, but that added to the adventure.  I’ll share more details of my daily activities in separate posts.  I even took a day trip to Canada.  I do regret overplanning my days.  There were neighborhood events I would have liked to attend, but I had already prepaid my tours.

This trip taught me that I could travel solo and also figure out what my travel style is.  During the planning process, I considered staying in an Airbnb apartment.  I even picked a place I wanted to stay, but I waited too long to book it, and it wasn’t available for the days I wanted.  I tried to have one scheduled activity for half the day and leave the rest open for something else.  As many blogs I’ve read about solo travel, I’m still surprised how often I am the only one touring alone.  It’s cute sometimes how couples adopt me as part of their group.  I meet new people that way and sometimes learn about other places to visit.

After Seattle, it was settled that my next solo trip would be out of the country. My travel bucket list is pages long. I just have to decide where to go.

 

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Bisa Myles
bisa@mylestotravel.com

I am a breast cancer survivor and plus-size adventurer traveling the world and capturing every mile as I go. I still have miles to travel.

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