Regular readers of my blogs will know that I like going on a solo trip once in a while. I think I never explained how or why I got into it so much. That’s why I decided to write this post. A post about my very first experience and why I decided to do it alone.
It was about two years ago. I had a bad working experience and decided to quit my job. While looking for a new one, I would just go out into the world to explore a bit. I needed to prove me to me again.
I had a dent in my confidence and needed it to be boosted again. So what better than go out by myself and survive. Thrive even!
Disclaimer: I had a thing for black and white back then. So, unfortunately, I don’t have any color photos.
To Berlin we go!
A day later I booked a cheap flight to Berlin and 5 nights at the Generator Hostel. The Generator Hostels are a bit more expensive than your average hostel, but also more luxurious. They’re also a great place to start if you sleep at a hostel for the first time
Staying at the Generator Berlin Mitte was an excellent experience. If you want to stay a night (or longer there too. You can book it easily on Booking.com.
My father dropped me off at the airport in Brussels. There I had a morning flight to Berlin Schönefeld. Luckily a friend of mine living in Berlin was on the same flight and helped me out getting a train to the city center.
The next 5 days I spent walking around Berlin, talking to my roommates, and getting inspired by the huge city. The 5 days were over really soon, so I head home again.
Let’s do this again.
The day I got home I started thinking about a new trip. I looked up cheap fares to fly and decided to visit Copenhagen. I hadn’t been there since I was a little kid. So I had some memories of the place, but they were really vague.
I took an airplane from Charleroi and left for Copenhagen.
Bad news upon arrival
Arriving there was really weird. I deactivated the airplane mode on my phone and instantly got a message from one of my best friends. She asked me if I was okay. A weird question, I find. So I decided to visit the Starbucks in the airport tap their Wi-Fi to reply.
Connecting to Wi-Fi I opened a gate of messages, tweets, DM’s,…. People knew I was flying out that day. The other airport, the one I was at a week earlier, just got attacked by terrorists when my airplane took off.
Best hostel I ever stayed at
Weirded out about the news, I checked in at my hostel. I stayed there for a bit to check the news-sites on my laptop and plan my trip a bit. Soon my new roommates checked in, and we all started talking.
I went into town and started enjoying the Danish capital. It’s a great city to stroll around. I stayed there for 4 days and enjoyed every second of it.
At night me and my roommates went out for drinks in the hostel-bar and around town. We talked to a lot of others there too. Most of them I still have on Facebook and we follow each other’s trips.
Want to make friends and stories in Copenhagen too? You can book it easily on Booking.com
Did you ever travel alone? How was your experience? I would love to read your story in the comments below.
Ready for your first solo-travel adventure? Read these first:
- Things not to do in a hostel (if you want to make friends)
- 9 travel apps you need to install on your phone
- 7 essential tips for your first solo adventure
- 6 tips to survive eating by yourself in public
- How to sleep well in a hostel-dorm and stay rested on your trip
- How To Make Friends in a Hostel
- 7 things you’ll discover about yourself when traveling alone
- 5 places to eat when traveling alone
- 9 tips for the solitary travelers