I never thought I would enjoy traveling alone. I do. Traveling alone gives you time with your thoughts, a chance to see your destination on your schedule, and the opportunity to make new friends while exploring your surroundings. Some people have told me that I’m adventurous, but I think my true adventures have hardly started. I haven’t taken many trips alone, but I do consider the trip I took after turning 30 to be one of my favorites.
I decided to visit Los Angeles the spring before my birthday. I heard there would be a plus size segment for Fashion Week and thought this would be a great time to visit. I used my AMEX credit card points to book my flight, which cost less than $300 to fly nonstop from Newark. I consider that to be a personal ‘win’. Next, I searched for a hotel in downtown LA. Although I had already been to LA four or five times (to attend the B.E.T. awards…we’ll talk about that at a later time), I wanted to step outside my comfort zone of residing in West Hollywood and try something new.
Downtown LA is very different from West Hollywood. To my surprise, everything shuts down at night, and it’s pretty much a ghost town after dark. Looking back, I probably could have checked the reviews on various websites before booking, but actually, my hotel was very nice and made up for the lack of socialization. I stayed at the Westin. It was grand in size, modest in price and full of helpful staff. The room service was the icing on the cake.
Outside my hotel was the LA I’ve grown to love. There are so many places to visit. Because I was traveling alone, my safety was my primary concern. I felt relatively safe considering I’m fairly familiar with different parts of LA. Although I am comfortable in LA, I know to play it safe. I would never suggest that anyone travel solo without making sure your friends and family know where you are staying and check in with them, so they don’t worry.
Now that my PSA’s are over, let’s get back to the main reason for this trip; the plus size fashion show. I arrived at the venue early. The area was not crowded, so I was concerned that the venue had changed, and I wasn’t informed. After all the planning, checking and checking again, I learned that the show was canceled. You should have seen my face! I traveled all the way across the country for nothing. Or so I thought.
I definitely have the gift of gab, so I managed to talk my way into the show that had now scheduled a mainstream event. It was awesome! Everyone at the venue treated me like I had a VIP press pass. I was able to sit next to the runway and meet with some of the designers.
Although this trip did not go as planned, I enjoyed myself. Because I was traveling solo, I didn’t have the pressure of worrying how another person would feel when the agenda didn’t go as planned. I am fluid and play the cards I am dealt. If you have been dreaming of travel and don’t have someone to travel with, let me encourage you to step out there and start planning. The time is now.