So I did it! I booked my first solo trip. We’re going to Brussels! But what next? In this post I list what to do next after booking your first solo trip. I’m soo excited! I chose Brussels, Belgium because it’s a city I have on my Europe bucket list and it had the cheapest flights I could find in March.
How do I feel?
Immediately after booking the flights, I felt super nervous! But in a good kinda way, the smiling thinking to yourself “wtf have I just done” kinda way lol. Do you know how many times I have said to myself and others that I wanted to take a solo trip? I refuse to be all talk and no action in 2018. I have travel savings sat there so what was I actually waiting for? Right now I still feel ridiculously nervous lol but very excited and ready! (I think).
As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.
So what next:
Research – Before booking the flight I’m hoping you did some sort of research, right? Okay phew. Of course we need to research where we’re going first to make sure we are comfortable taking the trip. Then we can start researching what we’re actually going to do there. Go ahead, read a million and one blog posts on what to eat, drink, and do. That’s of course what I’m going to be doing.
Check weather – I guess the logical thing to do would have been to check this out before booking the trip right? Not when you’re on a budget and the only factor that really matters is the price. £30 for a return flight? I’ve spent more than that on a Nandos. Book the flights now and pray for decent weather later. Guess that’s the motto now.
Plan outfits – So planning my outfits is going to consist of me painfully rummaging through all of my clothes until I come up with a selection of outfits. Gone are the days of irresponsible Montelle, who would see it as mandatory to hop onto Nasty Gal, PLT and every other clothing site and purchase a bunch new clothes for any and every trip. I mean especially since this is a 3 day solo trip. I think I can miss out on the overly boujee attire, atleast just this once.
Create Itinerary – Itineraries are not everybody’s thing. I get it. But I meannnnn.. this is our FIRST solo trip. Let’s atleast make some sort of plan? If you suffer from scrambled egg brain like myself, just the thought of not making a plan (even if it’s just planning the journey to and from airport) is enough to send me insane.
I am going to be sure to create a basic itinerary for my trip, just so I’ve got something to follow if all else fails. And if I do manage to make a bunch of friends and my trip turns out to be a wild unexpected adventure (the dream!), atleast I know I always had a plan b.
Find friends – Speaking of wild adventures and finding friends, that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have made it ridiculously easy to connect with people all over the planet, so it’s time I put that into use. 2018 is the year I plan on connecting with people and making friends all over the world. I’ve already had success in doing so, finding a bunch of new travel babes on twitter (even possibly planning a trip with them in the Summer!). So I just need to be consistent with this. I’m going to be sieving through Instagram and Twitter hashtags relating to all things Brussels, in hope Ill find someone who may just want to hang out with my loner self. Ha.
Quick things to remember:
Remember to check in your flights.
Have you purchased travel insurance?
Have you booked transport to and from the airport?
I cannot wait to explore Brussels and take you all with me! What’s your favourite thing to do in Brussels? Do you have any recommendations of where to eat?! Leave a comment and tell me all about your first solo trip experience. And if you’ve just booked your first trip let me know where!