They said that you should travel alone at least once in your life.. so that’s exactly what I did during my recent trip. Last May, I unhesitatingly booked a flight to Seoul knowing that I would probably be going there by myself. Because what could go wrong? And I had 6 months to prepare; physically, financially, and most importantly, emotionally. 🙃
As November approaches, I started to get excited. I’ve been looking up recent tags on Instagram on the daily just to check on autumn colors, street food and autumn wear. 😊 I’ve also added Seoul to my weather app so I could monitor how cold it’s going to be during my stay. But out of all the excitement, I must admit I had times of fear and doubt too. Can I do it? What if I get lost? What if I ran out of money? A lot of what if’s and dire situations in my head.. But I knew I had to do it.. if not now, when? So I packed my bags, hopped on a plane to a foreign country.. and I tell you… IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I HAVE EVER MADE! 🛫
I realized that Seoul is a great city. Whether or not you’re a K-pop, K-drama, K-culture fan, you will appreciate how fast yet simple, chaotic but organized, don’t-care-about-you yet friendly this city is. That is just one realization though; here are more eye-opening takeaways from my trip that I hope would encourage you to go on that adventure of a lifetime. 🤗
Since I will be alone, I had to be extra extensive with my research on where to go, which train to take, which exit to look for, etc. My itinerary was done in details by a good friend of mine so it was one less off my worries. 🤗 If you have everything planned ahead, then you’re good to go.
I AM THE BOSS
I enjoy going to trips with someone but going solo is something different. I got to choose when, where, what to eat. I got to walk on my own pace and get coffee whenever I feel like it. I didn’t have to consider anybody else’s interests. I can stop when I felt tired and stay for an hour in a K-pop store just because I want to. 🤗
In essence, the whole trip was a “me time”. But I especially enjoyed those times when I get to sit in a cafe, have coffee and pastry, and watch people pass by. There are even times when I found myself sitting by a train station just because I wanted to stay there. Those quiet moments when you are alone are something to cherish and be thankful for.
Not all trips are perfect. Even if you had everything planned out, there will be minor mishaps along the way. These will help you be more decisive and trust your instinct. Like when I can’t find the bus station going to the airport, I had to carry my 16 kg luggage to the train station and transfer lines to the airport railway. Not part of the plan but needs to be done, or else I will miss my flight. 😅
This trip really tested my patience and control with spending. With all the good food, clothes and merch in front of me, I really had to hold myself back from buying things that I shouldn’t be buying. 😔 Knowing that there’s no one to help me in case I ran out of funds, I ended with some extra cash to take home with me. 💪
A few days of being alone is enough time to reflect and think without distractions. To determine how you feel, what you want to do, and understand yourself. Also a great time to decide which destination to book next. 😁
Seeing the lovely autumn colors, eating authentic k-bbq, experiencing below 10 degree weather, are all but bonuses of this trip. Being able to go on this journey is an achievement in itself. Would I go on a solo trip again? Yes, 100% yes!!! 🤗
Footnote: April and Rej, if you are reading this, huge thank you for guiding me on this trip and providing most of the info i need. Especially for staying up with me until i found my hostel. ❤️ Let’s Seoul 2019, my friends?? 😁