She did What!?! ~ with Doris

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…    Doris – living in Toronto, Canada.

SWT:    Where was the destination of your second solo trip?

D:        London

SWT:    How old were you?

D:        22

SWT:    Were you single or attached at the time?

D:        Single

SWT:    What inspired the idea?

D:        Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP).

SWT:    What was your trip style? (backpack, tour group, comfort, meetup with family/friends)

D:        Hostel and rent a flat to share with fellow SWAP mates and find work!

SWT:    What type of accommodations? (family owned, B&B, tents, if a hotel, how many stars)

D:        Stayed in a youth hostel for the first 2 nights and then with 3 other Canadian girls, we rented a flat together.

SWT:    How long was your trip?

D:        2 months

SWT:    Who looked after the logistics?

D:        If I recall correctly SWAP organized the flight, work visa (VISA holiday maker) and first 2 nights accommodation at hostel.

SWT:    If you planned and/or booked the itinerary, did you enjoy the process?

D:        SWAP organized the initial contacts and then once I was connected with flatmates we did some day trips together including Brighton Beach, Dicken’s Old Curiosity shop and I also did a few trips on my own including Bath, Leeds Castle, and a ferry from Dover to Calais with train to Paris.

SWT:    If you worked with a travel agent, how was the experience?

D:        I have interacted with a few travel agents that are absolute gems.

SWT:    Would you / have you booked subsequent trips yourself?

D:        I have booked trips online to Christchurch, New Zealand and San Diego, California with my partner (neither of us is computer savvy and the last trip we used Priceline and saved quite a bit on hotels).

SWT:    What would you do different – in hindsight?

D:        N/A

SWT:    Did you feel comfortable traveling solo?

D:        Travelling solo was fine provided I had a destination to go to especially to meet up with people.

SWT:    How much research did you do in advance?

D:        I read up the Lonely Planet guidebook.

SWT:    What was the biggest surprise on the trip?

D:        N/A

SWT:    What did you learn about yourself during the trip that you weren’t totally aware of beforehand?

D:        In the space of a few minutes I learned about what is important in life (and how easy it is to forget).

SWT:    Was there any close calls or run-ins?

D:        N/A

SWT:    Where is your next dream destination?

D:        Nepal, Turkey or Machu Picchu

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