Kay’s Korner: I Took My First Solo Trip!

Kay’s Korner: I Took My First Solo Trip!

Last week, I went to Arizona all by myself!

For the longest, I have been wanting to take a solo trip because why not? I enjoy traveling and doing so more often would require solo trips.

I chose Arizona for a couple reasons. Have you seen pictures of Sedona? It’s gorgeous but I wanted to see for myself.

I randomly booked my trip in the beginning of September. I check flights at work often because escapism and decided to go ahead and book the flight one day. Then I booked the house. Then I booked a rental car. And by the end of the day I had planned my entire trip.

I gave myself 24 hours to let the buyer’s remorse set in but I ended up being so busy the next day, I didn’t even have a chance to rethink it. Six weeks later, I was on a flight to Phoenix, AZ.

Part of me expected the trip to be this enlightening experience. I had read about the vortexes and energies and mediating and wanted all of that.

I didn’t get it.

What I discovered, however, was that I love to hike. OMG I LOVE TO HIKE. HIKING IS AWESOME. HAVE YOU HIKED BEFORE? Okay, that’s enough caps locked. I hiked every single day. When I got to Phoenix, I planned on eating and chilling most of the day but because of the time difference, I had a lot of day left when I got there so I decided to go hiking instead of taking a nap. Best decision I could’ve made.  Y’all. The views were breathtaking. It was so hard but so good.

I stayed one night in Phoenix and two nights in Sedona. I rented the cutest Airbnb’s with the nicest hosts. I ate very well but most importantly, I hiked.

The day before I left, I hiked three different trails. I got lost on one of the trails and ended up hiking it for almost two hours. I got lost like two times. The first time was hilarious because I really got scared and thought I was going to have to sleep in the mountains and that I was going to be on the phone with my mama crying as the helicopters circled the sky trying to find me and then I had to go home.

Also, she had no idea I went alone. Still doesn’t know.

The worst part of my trip: I didn’t buy hiking boots and ended up wearing my AirMax and I only brought one bra with me. Also, I had to rely on random strangers to take my pics and they butchered my angles and didn’t capture the awesome views.

I did learn to trust myself more and I was forced to make decisions. I am incredibly indecisive but there was no one else there to make choices for me. If I didn’t pick anywhere to eat, then I didn’t eat. I had full intentions on reading and writing. I had five books and my laptop. I used it once and only finished two books. One of them wasn’t even mine. It was on the shelf at the house I stayed in.

Traveling solo didn’t reveal any major revelations about myself. I pretty much had an experience solo. Similar to having a solo experience in my hometown. However, I highly recommend it. Traveling alone removed the fear of, well, traveling alone. Too often I miss out on going somewhere because I’m waiting for someone else to get their ducks in order. Now that I’ve conquered that fear, I definitely feel more comfortable and empowered to travel whenever I feel like it.

I’m thinking overseas next.

P.S. I wanted to post pics on here but my phone sucks and the pics are tiny so check my Instagram!

Kay

Kaylia is a freelance writer based in Houston, TX. When she’s not performing Beyonce’s dance routines, you can find her at the local library sniffing books and erasing vulgarity from the pages. She enjoys reading, writing and arithmetic. When she isn’t reading, writing or doing random math equations in her head, you better believe it’s because she’s in the middle of a Grey’s Anatomy binge.

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2 Comments

  1. November 1, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    I LOVE ARIZONA!! We spent a week there and went to phoenix/scottsdale/sedona and grand canyon. It was amazing- i totes felt the vortex in Sedona though! I can’t wait to go back 🙂

    • Kay
      Author
      November 1, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      I went to Scottsdale too but only to eat. I definitely plan on going back! I felt like so needed just a little more time to explore a bit more especially Phoenix.

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