Trip June 5, 2013 – June 12, 2013
Seattle was my first solo trip that I planned 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. Now I did save money by staying in her hotel room, but a large part of touring 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 backed out for some reason I can’t even remember. So this was my do-over trip. Seattle is one of those destinations I didn’t know a lot 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.
I searched Viator.com to get ideas of what to do. Most of my trips include three activities, a food tour and some adventure activity 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 a lot 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 over planning 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 did try to have one scheduled activity for half the day and leave the rest of the day 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 my next solo trip will be out of the country. My travel bucket list is pages long. I just have to decide on where to go.