Single Woman Travels! (SWT) is a place to inspire and motivate women (and men) around the world to travel. She did What?! is a monthly series of Q&A – asking women around the world to share their past travel experience. From this, I hope a few more women who are on the brink of expanding their world will be inspired and motivated to turn their dreams into reality.
Bio… Kristine Apostol, Toronto, Canada
SWT: Where was the destination of your first solo trip?
KA: California in 2008
SWT: How old were you?
SWT: Were you single or attached at the time?
DC: Married, so I usually go with my husband, but this time I went alone to visit family.
SWT: What inspired the idea?
KA: Fun times with family that I haven’t seen and a getaway! I was in a career transition.
SWT: What was your trip style? (backpack, tour group, comfort, meetup with family/friends)
KA: Meetup with family/friends.
SWT: What type of accommodations? (family owned, B&B, tents, if a hotel, how many stars)
SWT: How long was your trip?
KA: 2 weeks
SWT: Who looked after the logistics?
SWT: If you planned and/or booked the itinerary, did you enjoy the process?
KA: Yes, definitely. I like planning.
SWT: If you worked with a travel agent, how was the experience?
SWT: Would you / have you booked subsequent trips yourself?
KA: Yes this one, but usually my husband does.
SWT: What would you do different – in hindsight?
KA: Research more on California and see where I want to go and sights I’d like to see… I just depended on family to take me places… which was still nice.
SWT: Did you feel comfortable traveling solo?
KA: Yes, no big deal.
SWT: How much research did you do in advance?
KA: Not much.
SWT: What was the biggest surprise on the trip?
KA: How much I missed my husband… I never went away solo before except for work trips, but this was different.
SWT: What did you learn about yourself during the trip that you weren’t totally aware of beforehand?
KA: That I can go alone… and much needed time for myself.
SWT: Was there any close calls or run-ins?
KA: Not really, except when family issues were brought up with other family members that I did not really want to do on my vacation.
SWT: Where is your next dream destination?
KA: Europe, Fiji, Spain… and Bahamas is one of my favourites – a feel good vacation – can’t wait to go with my family.
Next time, we’ll hear from Rhona who chose to travel on her own…
If you’d like to share your story, contact me! 🙂