I'm on Day 2 of a solo trip to Costa Rica. Before I left, people assumed I was going with either The Hubs or with The Bitches or even with The Mom. When I told them I was heading out alone I got a lot of "But why? You have a lot of friends? Or in IM convos, a lot of ":(!!!"
While traveling solo isn't always my first choice, I don't think it *shouldn't* be a choice altogether. I like the freedom it gives -- I can sleep in...or not. I can eat breakfast at 1 pm or lunch at 4...or 10 am. I can laze around or push my energy limits. And no one can say anything. I don't have to ask what anyone wants to do, I just go. I don't have to worry if someone is bored at the activity I chose or wants to have a certain food for dinner...or have dinner at all.
Like last night, after a crazy flight plan to even get to Tamarindo, which is in the northwestern part of Costa Rica, I got tired and crashed...and then woke up at 2 am and then didn't sleep untl 5 am. Know what I did at 2 am? I *turned on* the lights and read. For three hours. If anyone would have been with me they would have just groaned and then the next morning, looked at me with weary eyes while holding in their grumble for keeping them half awake in the wee early morning hours.
And then, when I got up at 7 am to run, I had no one asking when I'd be back for breakfast, or that it was too dark to run or, or, or! For a blissful week, I really do answer to no one, which is fab.
But I do admit that travelling solo, especially if you're female, you have to keep a lot of things in mind. People assume a lot of things when you are travelling solo -- you're sad or you arrived here with someone but you either got into a fight with your friend or you and your boyfriend broke up and...you're sad.
So I've been jotting down things to keep in mind when you're traveling solo as a chick and will update my blog as I think of more.
So far I have:
Not talking about a free pass to buy Gucci sandals or the Rolex you've been wanting but little things to ease your travel -- take a cab instead of the local bus. (Unless you get brave, like me, and want to see how the locals roll) Or stay in a nicer hotel. This doesn't just provide an additional layer of safety but also helps when you have heavy luggage.