My first solo abroad trip was to Venice, everyone I spoke to told me it was to expensive over there, food, hotel etc. Unless you go there and see for yourself, don’t always trust what everyone else is saying, heck me included.
I had never been to New York City before this past week. It had always been a dream of mine to go, but the opportunity hadn’t come up yet. I took the chance when I got it for spring break this year, though.
Dancing is Very Much My Life
It started out very simple. I saw photos like this one above on social media. My friend moved to St. Thomas and posted beautiful images of the turquoise Caribbean, it looked like a dream. I messaged him and asked, “should I move there? Is it easy to find a restaurant job?” I have, at this point been bartending for 16 years. He assured me that I would love it. He was planning on moving to the better, more beautiful island, St. John, where I could be his roommate.
Travelling solo rarely equates to being alone; as I’m sure you’ve heard before. You may begin alone but you forge friendships quickly in hostels, through Couchsurfing, Workaway or just chatting with a beer on a beach somewhere. So often you form fast and real bonds with people that endure whatever time they are meant to endure.
I love travelling and this happened to be one of those days. It was my first time in London and I was over the moon. Needless to say I definitely will be back.
I’ve been taught not to trust strangers. This lesson prevailed in my head when a man started talking to me in the Boston airport as we waited to board our flight to Casablanca, Morocco. He asked why I was going to Morocco. “I’m volunteering at a school.” He was visiting family. He asked if it was my first time visiting Morocco — it was — then continued, saying that he didn’t like Casablanca, that it a very typical city, but other cities like Marrakech were definitely worth a visit. I decidedly wasn’t very talkative, fearful of this random man, and soon after our conversation began, it ended.
After all the talk about gentle countryside towns and isolated spots, you may be thinking, wait, what?!! You're in a city now?!!