How to Plan a Solo Trip

Since returning from my adventure around Europe, I’ve found that I get asked on the regular about the ins and outs of planning a solo trip. From saving the money to how to stay safe while traveling solo (and everything in between), I’ve loved being able to answer so many different questions around the practicalities of planning a solo holiday. While I am no expert, I do have a few trips under my belt now — both within the states and abroad — and I have learned a lot around the practicalities of planning a solo trip, especially from making some mistakes along the way, so I wanted to round up some of the most important tips I have collected as I’ve planned and executed both short and long-term solo trips. So whether you are going away for four days or four months, here are some of the things you should keep in mind when planning a solo trip of your own.

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Travel Guide: Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, the beautiful area comprising of five coastal towns in Italy, has had a place near the top of my bucket list for some time, so when I started planning for this massive trip across Europe, I knew that Cinque Terre absolutely had to happen.  I recently spent three glorious days there in the middle of some sort of paradise, and, in retrospect, I wish I would have stayed a little longer, but that just means I'll have to go back, right?  I mean, you would have to be crazy to not want to spend as much time as possible in the picturesque villages etched in cliff-sides along the sparkling mediterranean sea.  I've had a lot of friends asking about what to do, where to stay, and how to travel around Cinque Terre, so whether you're an outdoorsy human who lives a good hike, a foodie craving some authentic Italian eats, or a beach bum who just wants to lay by the water, I've got you.  Here are, from my experience, alllll things Cinque Terre.

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Travel Guide: Notting Hill, London

Last week, I dedicated much of a day to wandering around Notting Hill in London, and it did not disappoint, especially at the beginning of spring. From blooming cherry blossom trees to pastel-colored homes, there is plenty to see and do in the picturesque neighborhood just west of the city center. If you find yourself in London, make sure you take some time to explore Notting Hill, and here's a short list of things you can see and do.

First things first: take the central line underground to Notting Hill Gate, grab a pain au chocolate from Paul's, and then start walking north. Stop to take in the gorgeous architecture, take photos of the blooms, and chat with the locals. Walk through the circular streets, and then head toward Portobello Road.

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Packing for Europe

Since I am leaving for Europe is just about a week, I wanted to make sure I shared howI am packing for four months of travel.  It feels like I have planning for this trip for so long, from saving all the money to deciding what bag made the most sense to creating countless Google Docs with all the info, it's been a whirlwind.  Being that I'll be traveling for just over four months and moving from city to city pretty quickly, I knew I needed to get practical in my planning and packing, and as I am now getting all of my things together and organized, let me share some of the practical ways I'm packing for this Europe trip.

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