Remember my post discussing my suburban Chicago food favorites from a few months ago? Well, Nadeen over at The Sophisticated Life, a premier travel, wine and lifestyle blog, took note and asked me to narrow my choices down to my 5 top Chicago food picks. Check out the whole post to see my featured faves list. And thanks to The Sophisticated Life for the feature! Eat up!
The idea of solo travel can be scary. Especially if the travel is for pleasure, not business, where your time will be occupied with work-related events and meetings. The idea of leaving it all behind—traversing the globe all by your lonesome—can be frightening for
It certainly was for me. But after I got tired of waiting for others to get on board with my travel desires, I was forced to pull the trigger or give up. I chose to pull the trigger, and it was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I had such a memorable experience that I would definitely do it again in the future.
And you can have the same thing. But before you embark on that journey, there are some considerations to take to ensure an unforgettable trip. Below are my reflections, having just taken my first solo trip, for newbies and experienced travelers alike, on how to have an amazing solo excursion.
Sometimes we just can’t get away. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a moment—a weekend or even a week—to take some time to ourselves.
Enter the “Staycation.” But what exactly is a staycation? My idea of a staycation is a mini getaway, either in your hometown or somewhere within a quick drive of home. The purpose: to have a vacation in your hometown and feel like you are getting away while kind of “staying” put.
So if you aim to get some rest and relaxation and rejuvenate yourself, check out these 5 tips that make for a successful staycation.
“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.
~Roman Payne, The Wandress
I would love to say that my first foray into solo international travel was based on some grandiose plan, some well thought out quest to see the world. But really, it was because I was simply tired of waiting.
Sure, in my Goals post that I wrote earlier this year, I laid out the fact that I wanted to take a solo, international, pleasure trip. But when I wrote that, I wasn’t sure I was ready to do it so soon. But I made a goal for myself—along with the goal to see one new state and one new country every year—and I wanted to stick to it. And all of my friends had reasons—some valid, some not so much—about why they couldn’t travel with me internationally this year, even though I had been trying to orchestrate a trip for well over a year. I had finally reached my ‘put-up-or-shut-up’ point with myself. So I pulled the trigger and booked something on my own.
I can’t believe I waited so long.
Initially, I had chosen Turks and Caicos as my destination. But after a series of unfortunate events, I ended up with a solo ticket to Panama.
And. It. Was. Awesome.